CampsDecember 13-15 2013 - Sarabah Via Canungra. Spring Gully Stays
January 24-27 2014 - Springbrook Rescue Programme
February 21-23, 2014 - Inskip Point Camp
|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.
© J. Sneddon
Leaders: Kay Mc Lennan 07 3870 8162, Marion Roper 07 33513870 or
Five years have passed since our last visit to the peaceful surrounds by Canungra Creek at Spring Gully Stays. Accommodation is available for non-campers in permanent tents.
The very best camp kitchen provides refrigeration, freezers, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, BBQ facilities, microwave, and under cover tables and seating. Just take food, bed linen, torch/tent light, personal items and drinking water. Swimmers for a cool dip in the creek. Camp Fees: Camp Sites Un-powered $12-50 pppn. Safari Camping $25-00 pppn.
Notify leaders if attending, please, and ALL BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE WITH LEADERS ONLY.
Bring food to share for the Saturday night meal and there will be a secret Santa for those who wish to paricipate. Gifts should be $10 value.
There are several short walks near the camp and the popular gazebo lookout. Those choosing a day trip to O'Reilly's should prepare morning tea and lunch.
DIRECTIONS: From Canungra drive 10.4kms on Lamington National Park Road. A sharp turn left into Sarabah Road (just at the base of the climb). At approx 4kms and after the third creek crossing, Spring Gully Stays is immediately on your right.
Leader: Mike West for bookings and information Ph: 3876 4844 or .
This is a joint operation with Birds Queensland and Australian Rainforest Conservation Society. Our first bird survey of plots was carried out in January 2011. Bird surveys are carried out 4 times a year over 4 plots varying in altitude from 600m to nearly 1000m.
We need 4 experienced birdos to lead the 4 surveys and at least 8 other participants to assist with spotting, note taking etc. There are 2 flatter plots for the ‘not so fit’.
Costs are $50 per person for 3 nights. This is subsidised by 4 hours of weeding on the Saturday between the am and pm bird surveys, this is not “hard” work. Friday and Sunday & Monday are for DIY birding on the plateau. Participants stay in “The Lodge” a (one-time) chalet-style resort with 4 self-contained units and a family unit which suits singles, a share kitchen, dining and a spacious lounge room, the latter has a central glass fireplace. Lyrebirds, Thrushes, Logrunners, etc. have been seen in the garden and the Olive Whistler seems resident at one of the plots.
Leader: Mike West Ph: 3876 4844 or
Our thirteenth consecutive summer camp at "the best square kilometre birding spot", "bloodsuckers paradise" or "BBBQ heaven". Inskip's iconic birds, the Black-breasted Button-quails and the Beach Stone-curlews are the tamest imaginable and have always shown. Other regulars include Fairy Gerygone, White-eared Monarch, Pale Yellow Robin, Superb Fruit-Dove, Brush Bronzewing, Ground Parrot, King Quail, Plumed Frogmouth and Lewin’s Rail.
Camping on Inskip's sand costs $5.60 per person per night and includes all options from caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents. Payment can be made at QPWS Rainbow Beach along the way, phone bookings at 137468 or online at www.qld.gov.au/camping. The last two options take credit card only. You cannot book a certain site so it is pot luck when you get there. Toilets are the only facility so bring your own water and showers. Some birdos spend a few more days there so it is best to get in early. We are hoping to organise a survey of BBBQ habitat near Bullock Point on Friday for early arrivals.
Travel around 3 hours north from Brisbane via Gympie and Rainbow Beach. Follow the signs to Inskip Point. We hope to camp in SARAWAK campground, clearly marked on the right, but look for BQ signs. If you reach the roundabout where the bitumen ends you have gone too far. Beware of sand traps in the camping areas for 2WD but it should be OK with care. There are plenty of people around if you do get stuck, don't be shy to ask for help. Bring swimming togs (it will be hot), insect repellent (there will be midges and mosquitoes) sunscreen, telescopes, torches and water.
A variety of accommodation is available at Rainbow Beach and Carlo Point about 12 klms before Inskip. The area is popular with backpackers so enquire before you book. A quad share en-suite cabin is available at Rainbow Beach Caravan Park. $80.00 for two nights. Contact Anne Braithwaite 54442791 or (preferred). Friday night trip to the Plumed Frogmouth 8pm. Saturday all day trip, 9am start from Inskip. Friday and Sunday is DIY.
Ring Mike if you want to carpool or other info. No need to let him know that you are coming. Mobile No. on Inskip weekend only 0409 059 920.
Details for camps in 2014 will be available shortly.
For any queries please phone Denise and Raymond Downham 3325 4769.