December 1-3: Bunya Mountains


February 23-25: Cullendore High Country Campground

Future Camps

General information

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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

December 1-3: Bunya Mountains

Leaders: Anne Nicholls & Denise Downham Contact Details:
Anne: 0409 644 122
Denise 07 3325 4769 or 0435 006 234

This being the last campout of the year and with the commencement of the festive season, it is traditional for the Saturday night dinner to be a shared meal, could everyone please bring a plate to contribute toward the dinner. For those who would like to participate in a Secret Santa on Saturday night, please bring a gift to the value of around $15 or less.


Camping is available at the National Park camp ground and must be booked online before arriving. The link to the site is:

Dandabah is the main camping area to select if you plan to camp. The rate per person per night will be $6.35.

BQ have booked the Toolburra Chalet for those who prefer not to camp. The chalet takes up to 22 persons with at least 4 rooms and a mix of double, single and bunk beds. There are 3 bathrooms and 2 toilets. You will need to bring your own bedding and towels. The cost of staying at the chalet will be split and charged at $30 per person per night, being $60 for the weekend.

We are asking that anyone who wishes to stay in the accommodation, will need to contact either Anne or Denise to book your space on a frst come frst serve basis. Also, once you have booked, your space will be confrmed by payment up front of the chalet cost as outlined above. Payment options will be provided when you book. We will place anyone on a waiting list if the accommodation is fully booked and you would like to come along. Alternatively, you can access the following link to view the range of accommodation options available at Bunya Mountains:

Directions: Approximately a 3 hour drive North West of Brisbane.

FROM BRISBANE: take the Bruce Highway towards the Caboolture turnoff and follow the signs to the D’Aguilar Highway which runs through Woodford, Kilcoy, Moore, Blackbutt and all the way to Yarraman. From Yarraman, turn left onto the New England Highway heading for Cooyar – Toowoomba. Drive approximately 21 kms and turn right signposted Maidenwell – Bunya Mountains. Turn left at the Maidenwell Pub onto the Bunya Mountains Road. There is 4 kms of unsealed section on this route. When you arrive at the top of the mountain, turn right towards Dandabah, 1.2 km past TV towers turn right into Bunya Avenue (signposted Dandabah) and continue on till you fnd both the campground and Chalet complex.


Option 1. From Ipswich Road take Toowoomba turn off. At Toowoomba follow the Dalby signs along the Warrigo Highway. At Jondaryan turn right at the Bunya Mountains turn-off. Follow signs to Bunya Mountains via Quinalow & left at Maclagan. There is 4 km of gravel road on this route.

Option 2. From Ipswich Road take Toowoomba Turnoff. At Blacksoil (80km zone) turn left to Brisbane Valley Highway. You will go through Fernvale; Esk; Toogoolawah; Moore; Blackbutt to Yarraman (see above for directions from Yarraman). CAMP

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February 23-25: Cullendore High Country Campground
248 Cullendore Creek Road.
Cullendore NSW 2372
Owners. Stuart and Wendy Bell.

Leader: Wendy Dunn Mobile: 0427 021 977

Cullendore High Country Campground is located on a 4000-acre working cattle property. 2000 acres of this property has been set aside for campground experiences. Explore the property on well signed tracks and thousands of acres of old growth forest for walking in the adjoining Maryland National Park accessed from the property’s own private entrance. The forests are alive with birds and animals. Cullendore has one of the largest populations of the rare and elusive Spotted Quoll in Australia. Wallabies, wallaroos, kangaroos and birdlife abound. We have booked our group into the Valley Camp site which is suitable for tents, trailers and caravans. This camp ground borders a water course. Fire pits are provided – bring your own wood or purchase on site. Flushing toilets, and one roomy hot outdoor shower is available 500mts from the camp ground. There is a larger amenities block 1 km away. The Valley site has been chosen as this is the largest and flattest ground for a larger group. There is a non-drinking water tap near each amenity block. The water is suitable for washing, & cleaning up. Bring your own drinking water.

Directions: Make your own way to Warwick. IMPORTANT People who are towing a caravan and using a Sat Nav DO NOT TURN INTO PERCY STREET at Warwick as there is a very low railway bridge and an awful right hand turn beyond. Best to follow these instructions please. - Just pass McDonalds ((hwy 15) turn left into Wood street and drive to end. Turn Right into Lyons. then bear left into Pratten street- crossing the railway line - then second on the right into McEvoy street. Driving on McEvoy about 2km will bring you to a large round-a-bout. First turn left onto the Warwick Killarney rd. Drive 10km then turn right onto the Cullendore road, drive 21 km (you will be crossing the NSW border gate on this road-different time zone) THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO THe Maryland/Cullendore road, blue camping signs mark this spot. Then after approx. 1km turn left onto the Cullendore Creek road. At this turn you will see another blue camping sign and the Cullendore High Country sign. Go through the gate and proceed 2.5 kms and at the top of the hill turn right onto a track and follow the signs to the offce to book in and pay your fees. Say you are with Birds Qld and you will be given maps and information sheets. Our camp is approx. another 2 kms from the offce. At this point you are approx. 39 kms from Warwick. Nearest accommodation will be at Warwick.

Cost: $15 per adult per night, Children 4-16 $10, Families $45. All camping fees must be paid with CASH on arrival. No EFTPOS facilities are available. We have booked the site from Thursday 22nd through to the following Monday 26th in case there are early birds and for anyone wanting to stay longer.

Bring: Bring your own Drinking water. Cameras, binocs, torches, spotlights, chairs, insect repellant, protective and warm clothing, it can be cold at night even in February in the High Country. Because we do not know when each participant is arriving at the Campsite, please set up your camp and then check the BQ notice board for info as to where we have gone and approx. time of return. Meanwhile there will be plenty of birding around the camp site and nearby. There is little, or spasmodic Telstra Mobile coverage. We will most likely use Qld time.

Any further queries, please contact Wendy Dunn (details above)

I would appreciate people letting me know if they are coming and what day please. See the Cullendore web site for more details

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2018
Month Location Leader Date
March Emmaville John & Sue Allison Easter
30 March-2 April

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