September 29-October 1: Karara, West Of Warwick
October 19-21: Sundown National Park
December 7-9: Yarraman Region

Future Camps

General information

image - Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird © V. Jones

Birds Queensland also runs a number of camps during the year, mainly at rural locations requiring over-night camping, bunkhouses, caravans or like accommodation. This is particularly necessary since they tend to be located some hours of driving distance from Brisbane and often with fairly "rustic" living conditions. If required, Camp leaders should be contacted to determine whether part of the planned activities could be attended by other members prepared to do the necessary night or early morning driving to attend.

To cover the costs of running camps, and to finance the occasional gift to those who invite us to use their properties for camps, all members attending each camp are asked to donate a fee of $2 per camp. This is run on an honour system where we rely on people to place their $2 in the donation box. Thank you for supporting this scheme.

The details of some of the camps listed are yet to be confirmed, and additional camps may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the Leader for more precise directions. It is important to notify the leader to confirm your attendance, prior to the camp. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Beach Stone-curlew
© J. Sneddon

September 29-October 1: Karara, West Of Warwick

Leader: Lorraine Welsh Phone: 07 4667 4163

This popular camp at Karara will be on the weekend of 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2018. Areas of interest that may be visited include Durikai State Forest and Coolmunda Dam. Some of the specialties of the area are Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Whitewinged Fairy-wrens, Diamond Firetails, Turquoise Parrots, Blue Bonnets, Squatter Pigeons and Southern Whitefaces. Camping will be at Karara Sports Ground. There are powered sites, hot showers, flush toilets and a covered cooking area and hall with kitchen facilities. Bring drinking water, although rain water is available. You may put sleeping bags on the floor here in the hall, if you do not wish to camp or put up a tent. Camping fees are $8 per person per night (hall & camp grounds) – please pay Lorraine on arrival. Rooms are also available at the local Karara Hotel by contacting them direct on (07) 4667 4141. A group meal will be provided in the sports ground hall (for a small charge) and those wishing to participate, please notify Lorraine for catering purposes.

We wish to advise that the organised birding activities will begin early Saturday morning and continue through to Monday. Campers may arrive Friday or earlier to make the most of the weekend. Contact Lorraine if you will not arrive before the start of the Saturday 7.30 am walk to make arrangements to meet.

Directions: Access is between Canal Creek Bridge and railway line on the Toowoomba Road, follow the signs. From Warwick, travel the Cunningham Highway towards Inglewood for approximately 54 km. Turn right at the Toowoomba road at the Karara Hotel. After crossing the railway line proceed approximately 50 metres and turn right to the sports ground. From Toowoomba take Route 48 through Leyburn. After approximately 24 km turn left into the sports ground, before the railway crossing.

Please contact Lorraine Welsh if you have any questions or require further information.

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October 19-21: Sundown National Park

Leader: Ross and Thea Monks Mobile: 0407 032 282

Sundown National Park is 250km (3–4hrs drive) south-west of Brisbane via Stanthorpe, and 70km north-west of Tenterfeld. The Broadwater camping area is located at the southern end of the park and can be reached by conventional vehicle.

Directions: From Stanthorpe, travel along 76km of bitumen road via Texas Road (62km) and Glenlyon Dam Road (14km), followed by 4km of good gravel road (Permanents Road). Alternatively, from Tenterfeld in New South Wales, travel north 5km along the New England Highway then west along the Bruxner Highway 52km to Mingoola. Turn right and travel 12km to the park turn-off.

More than 150 species of birds can be found in Sundown—some throughout the park and others only in specifc habitats. Spotted bowerbirds, red-capped robins, spiny-cheeked and striped honeyeaters, and red-winged parrots inhabit the drier southern areas. Turquoise Parrots are in good numbers so far in 2018. We will take the opportunity to do some some citizen science in the form of organised surveys of the western circuit to add to David Nilands growing data base on the area. If you have a device capable of recording GPS co-ordinates please bring it along.

Camp sites are on the bank of the Severn River. You will need to book online through National Parks.

The sites are located 1 km east of the park ranger headquarters.

The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle via a narrow track. Access is not suitable for vehicles over 5 tonne. Fifteen numbered sites of varying size exist in The Broadwater camping area with one large group area suitable for groups of 15–30 people. Camping options are beside your car; caravans (less than 4 m); camper trailers; small motorhomes

Facilities include small barbecues, pit toilets, bush showers with donkey heater (boil your own water), water at headquarters. Rubbish bins are not provided—remove all your rubbish. There are no powered sites.

Open fres are permitted in QPWS barbecues only (except when fre bans or prohibitions apply). Fuel stoves are recommended. Bring your own cleaned, milled frewood if you want to use the barbecues.

Sundown National parks brochure

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December 7-9: Yarraman Region

Leaders: Janette Thurley & John Walton Mobile: 0419 839 503

The Yarraman Caravan Park is a 2.5 hour drive 170km northwest of Brisbane and has all the facilities for a Christmas Camp. Yarraman Caravan Park 12121 D'Aguilar Highway, Yarraman. Ph 07 41638185 or (

The Yarraman State Forest is adjacent to the caravan park and the Black Breasted Buttonquail is regularly sighted there. There are several walks in the area and BOPPAS provided a bird list which includes their sightings of 133 species in April.

If we have 10 bookings (can be a mixture of accommodation styles) we will qualify for the 15% club discount and use of the 'Club Room' which is well set up for group meetings and meals.

Book directly with the park indicating that you are with Birds Qld. Discount rates for 2 people per night are as follows: $24 unpowered site; $27 powered site; $33 private ensuite site; $77 - $85 for standard to deluxe cabins. The park operators will prepare maps and attractions package on arrival.

Many thanks to Helen Procter-Brown and Penny Ackland for checking out this venue.

We will have the traditional shared Saturday evening meal so if you are attending, please email Janette Thurley.

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2018
Month Location Leader Date
November Kinbombi / Kilkivan region Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen 9-11 Nov

Note: Public holidays / long weekends 2018:
Easter - 30 March-2 April
Labour Day - 7 May
Queen's Birthday - 1 October

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