August 18-20 - Pottsville Environmental Park, Centennial Drive, Pottsville, NSW
September 8-10 - Elanda Point, Lake Cootharaba

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

August 18-20 - Pottsville Environmental Park, Centennial Drive, Pottsville, NSW

Leaders: John & Sue Allison Phone : 0428 529 089

A well-attended and successful BQ camp was held here two years ago so deemed worthy of a revisit. Pottsville Environmental Park is 54 hectares of coastal vegetation set between the two arms of the Cudgera Creek, with over 4 km of walking tracks, wetland boardwalks and viewing platforms. There is nearby sewerage treatment works and coastal sand dune walks.

We will camp at the park, which is only available to schools and environmental groups. There are electric BBQs, hot showers and toilet facilities, full kitchen facilities and meeting room with tables and chairs for us to eat at, have bird call and happy hour. There is a level campground but there are no powered sites. There is a room in the building for those who may wish to bunk on the floor.

Attendance cost is $20 per person for the duration of the camp. We have booked from AM on Friday to PM on Sunday.

For those wanting to cabin, Pottsville North Holiday Park is just up the road.

Directions: Take the freeway towards Ballina and take the 3rd exit past Barneys Point Bridge south of Tweed Heads. This is the Cudgen and Southern Beaches exit. Travel along Tweed Coast Rd/Way for about 16 km and then turn right on to Centennial Drive. Then Pottsville Beach Sports Cub is on this corner.

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September 8-10 - Elanda Point, Lake Cootharaba

Leaders: Raymond & Denise Downham Phone: 3325 4765

BQ last ran a successful winter camp here in July 2015. The campsite is located at the Elanda Point Education Centre, Cooloola Recreation Area, just north of Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba. There are a number of walks we will undertake from the campground itself and nearby surrounds, including probably Boreen Point itself.

Cost: Power is not available at this site. Camping is per site, being $30 per site per night for a minimum of two persons. So if you know of someone else who is likely to come along register at the offce together rather than as a single person, they will accept two tents on a single site as long as they ft on the site. I believe the cost of a single person will be $20 per person per night.

Bookings: should not be necessary as they generally have suffcient sites available and is outside of the school holiday period. When you arrive you must register at the offce between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm so it is important to arrive if possible between these hours. You may be required to pay a $10 deposit which is refunded when you leave. The key is needed for the shower block and tent camping area gate access. The site does not permit ground fres, but a brazier or similar is permitted.

There is a basic shop onsite. For those who prefer not to camp there is accommodation available at Boreen Point which is about 2.5 km away. There are also restaurants & a pub at Boreen Point.

Directions: From Pomona turnoff on the Bruce Highway, (4 km north of the Cooroy bypass), head north on Reserve Street towards Railway Parade, turn left onto Factory Street, continue onto Pound Road for 1.6 km, turn right onto Louis Bazzo Drive and continue ofr 17.1 km until the outskirts or Boreen Point, turn slight left onto Lake Flat Road. The entrance to the site is on a left bend approximately 2.1 km along Lake Flat Road.

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2017
Month Location Leader Date
November Goomburra, Main Range National Park Margaret Clarke  

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