Bird-watching places in South-east Queensland

The birding places has been split into two pages. This page covers the South East of Queensland. The other page covers the rest of the state.

The most important part is the directions as to how to get there - an UBD reference will do most of the work for the Brisbane area although we will try and expand the details as time permits.

If there is a reference for a place, the sightings record for places where many birds have been seen will become a clickable link (ie. Minnippi Parklands) which can carry you through to the relevant site in the correct page.

Please email the with write ups of your favourite places for inclusion (including bird lists if you want), or give some extra information about an area already covered.


Around Brisbane

Araucaria Walk, Enoggera Reservoir

Brisbane UBD: 137 G19

Directions:   The Araucaria Walk, on the edge of Enoggera Reservoir, lies in the Southern part of the D'Aguilar National Park. Follow Waterworks Rd and Mt Nebo Rd to D'Aguilar National Park headquarters - the entrance is off to the left. This is a little more than 1 km from the Settlement Road traffic lights. Take the path to the right past the D'Aguilar National Park headquarters.

No permit is required for the walk, unlike the rest of the area immediately surrounding the reservoir. (Permits for the rest of the reservoir can be arranged at the D'Aguilar National Park headquarters.) The Araucaria walk is 5 km long, largely passing very close to the water's edge. There is a 1 km loop at the end. It is good for Forest Kingfisher, Pacific Baza, Bell Miners and Rose Robin (in season), Both Pardalotes occur here (look for their nest holes at the edge of the path when it is cut into the hill side).

Note. Some of the Brisbane 385 buses go to directly to the Park headquarters, others turn around in an area about ½ km before the park.


Bell Bird Grove

Brisbane UBD: 136 P6

Direction   Bell Bird Gove lies in the Southern part of the D'Aguilar National Park. Follow Waterworks Rd and Mt Nebo Rd past D'Aguilar National Park headquarters. Turn right at the sign for Bellbird Grove, which is 6 km from the Settlement Road road junction. Bellbird Grove is a further two kilometres down the hill.

The area is good for woodland birds, such as Wonga Pigeon or Spotted Quail-Thrush. In dry periods the causeway where the entrance road crosses the creek brings may birds to drink at dawn and dusk. Bellbird Grove is also a good picnic spot for families. Jollys Lookout is a further 14 km down Mt Nebo Road.


Boondall Wetlands

Brisbane UBD: 111 C14

Directions:Access: via Gateway Arterial Road, Boondall Entertainment Centre exit.

This area is the start of two trails:

  1. A short loop trails through the swamp paper bark to a board walk and a bird hide overlooking Nudgee Creek.
  2. A long bike trail leading to Nudgee Beach and the boardwalk there.

In Boondall Wetlands and nearby upstream areas there are four regional ecosystems types:

  • On estuarine deposits of Quaternary age (2 million years or less), the regional ecosystem is Swamp She Oak open forest (R. E. 12. 1. 1), with or without Swamp Paperbark. This ecosystem can extend inland beyond tidal influence. It is subject to weed invasion especially Groundsel. 30% remains and its conservation status is 'of concern'.
  • On Quaternary estuarine deposits on marine plains and flats subject to tidal influence, the regional ecosystem is saltpan vegetation comprising Marine Couch grassland and samphire herbland (R. E. 12. 1. 2), with Pitted Blue Grass sometimes present in upper portions. 91% remains and the conservation status is 'of no concern at present'.
  • On Quaternary estuarine deposits subject to daily tidal incursion, the regional ecosystem is mangrove shrubland to low closed forest (R. E. 12. 1. 3). In the Boondall Wetlands there are six species of mangrove, and, along tidal creek banks, Mangrove Fern.
  • On alluvial plains in coastal areas of Cainozoic age (less than 65 million years), the regional ecosystem is Swamp Paperbark, Queensland Blue Gum, Swamp Box woodland (R. E. 12. 3. 6). 30% remains and its conservation status is 'of concern'.

See also Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre

Bird List: Brown Quail, Black Swan, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Australasian Grebe, Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Australian Pelican, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Black-necked Stork, Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Pacific Golden Plover, Red-kneed Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, Silver Gull, Crested Pigeon, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella, Pallid Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Grass Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift, Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird, White-throated Treecreeper, Variegated Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, Mangrove Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone, Striped Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Mangrove Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Varied Sittella, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Black-faced Monarch, White-eared Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher, Magpie-lark, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Spangled Drongo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird, Olive-backed Oriole, White-breasted Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Richard's Pipit, Mistletoebird, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Tawny Grassbird, Silvereye, Common Starling


Bulimba Creek, Mcgregor

Brisbane UBD: 201 B17

Directions: Follow Springfield Street off Kessels Rd. Bird along the creek to McCulloch St. Alternatively park in the car park in Grandilla St and walk through to the creek.


Colleges Crossing, Brisbane River

Brisbane UBD: 194 F10

Directions: From Mogill Road turn off to Mount Crosby on the Mount Crosby Road and follow the same route as to Lake Manchester but, rather than turning right, drive through Mount Crosby and turn left. Continue down the Mount Crosby Road for 2 km until you meet the Brisbane River, The low level bridge and causeway over the river is Colleges Crossing. There is parking to the left just over the causeway.

There is a pool just above the causeway that almost always has Cotton Pygmy Geese as well as other ducks. It is a pleasant swimming spot for families, although snakes have occured there.

If you continue south there is an alternative route to Kholo Botanical Gardens and to Ipswich.


Eagleby Wetlands

Brisbane UBD: 264 N18

Directions: Eagleby Wetlands consists of lagoons and bushland bordered by the Oliver Sports Complex, the Albert River and the local sewage treatment works. It has a good variety of birds and provides plenty of photo opportunities. It is approximately 45 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD by car. Exit the Pacific Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffic lights and 1.5km later turn left into the Oliver Sports complex (the access road is not marked in the UBD). After 200m turn right, and right again into the car park (UBD 264 N18). There are toilet facilities on the complex and walking tracks around the lagoons.

Brisbane UBD: 264 F7

Directions: From Logan St turn into Fryar St and go to Eagleby Road. To the left in Eagleby Rd, near the Logan River end, there are a number of shallow ponds in private property on your left. These are good for Glossy Ibis and other water birds such as Black-necked Stork and the drier surrounds are good for finches. Warning: The area is also good for Black Snakes.

There are other ponds, farm dams and wetlands at the other end of Eagleby Road and in Schmidt Road that are visible from the road.


Gap Creek Reserve

Brisbane UBD: 157 H15

Directions: Gap Creek Reserve can be approached either from the Gap to the north or form the south from Kenmore Hills. From the Gap take Payne Road until the roundabout after the housing estate and turn left onto Dillon Road; turn right again onto Gap Creek Road. From Kenmore Hills take Brookfield Road and turn right onto Gap Creek Road. The reserve is on the TV towers side of the road about where the gravel road is level.

Gap Creek Reserve is good for woodland birds and is 100% reliable for Bellbirds. Painted Button Quails and Spotted Quail-Thrush have been seen here. (Watch for Mountain bikes on the trails).


Gold Creek Road & Gold Creek Reservoir

Brisbane UBD: 136 L14

Directions: Gold Creek Reservoir lies on the southeast edge of D'Aguilar National Park. From Moggill Road turn down Brookside Road at Kenmore Village Shopping Centre and then turn right onto Gold Creek Road, Upper Brookfield. Follow Gold Creek Road to the end and park at the reservoir gates.   Note: As this is part of Brisbane's water catchment area, access is only permitted with a written permit from Brisbane Forest Park. Phone: 3300-4855.

The reservoir is very small, and so is sheltered from the wind. A rough (very in places) 5 km walking track leads around the lake. The best birding is below the dam and on the south side of the lake (almost Noisy Miner free). The north side of the lake is relatively bird free, and is only suitable for masochistic mountain goats, in my opinion.

White-eared Monarchs are often recorded here (try around the dam spillway). Bell Miners are numerous and Glossy Black-Cockatoo, White-throated Nightjars and Crested Shrike Tits have been seen here. Wonga Pigeons are also here.

The area at the end of Gold Creek Road, just before the dam, can be very productive and does not require a permit.


Golds Scrub Lane and Samsonvale Cemetery

Brisbane UBD: 86 F11

Directions:  From Samford Village drive north on the Mount Samson Road towards Dayboro. Golds Scrub Lane is the first turning on the right after Winn Road (UBD 96 C18). The Cemetery is at the end of Golds Scrub Lane. You can walk through the Cemetery down to Lake Samsonvale. Depending on the water level and the drought conditions you will have water or grasslands in front of you.
About 300 metres north of the turn off to Golds Scrub Lane is a small picnic area (with toilet) which gives access to Lake Samsonvale where Kobble Creek flows into the lake.

The grasslands and scrub are excellent for bush birds and Quails and Button-quails as well as Bar-shouldered Dove. Rarities like Australasian Bittern and Spotted Harrier regularly turn up here. Great-Crested Grebes are regular here as well. King Quail occur in the long grass between the Cemetery and the Lake.

See also Lake Samsonvale


J.C. Slaughter Falls, Mt Coottha, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 158 G13

Directions: Drive west from the city along Milton Road and continue along Mt Coottha Road. Mt Coottha Road turn off to the right, past Mt Coottha Botanical Garden, at the 2nd round about. Take the right fork of Sir Samuel Griffith Drive (not the turn along Scenic Drive) and the entrance to the Park is a few hundred metres on the left. The parking lot at the end of the paved road is best for birds.

J.C. Slaughter Falls Park is one of the reliable Powerful Owl spots in Brisbane, they can sometimes be seen at dusk on the trees above the upper parking lot. White-throated Nightjars are regular in spring, they can be seen highlighted against the sky at dusk around the parking lot and in the clearing around the pond which is about half a kilometre along the path leading from the upper parking lot. J.C. Slaughter Falls Park is also a popular picnic spot with barbecues provided - great for an champagne breakfast but be early.


Jollys Lookout & Boombana Park, Mt Nebo Brisbane Forest Park

Brisbane UBD: 135 M1

Directions:   Jollys Lookout lies in D'Aguilar National Park. Drive west from The Gap along Waterworks Rd which turns into Mt Nebo Rd. Jollys Lookout is well marked; it is 18km from the Settlement Road round about, and 12 km past the Bellbird Grove turn off. Boombana Park is a further 1.5km and is just before Mt Nebo Village. and gives a good viewpoint and picnic area with a chance of Glossy Black Cockatoo. The small parking lot by the turn off to Jollys Lookout is the start of the 4 km Thylogale Track which leads to the Boombana Park Picnic Area . The Thylogale Track is excellent for rain forest birds such a Wompoo and Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Green Catbird, Satin Bowerbird and Pale-yellow Robin. (I normally walk along the track and back along the road but it can be quite busy with lots of Baby Boomer (and younger) Bikies.)


Juffs and Lees Crossing, Dayboro

Brisbane UBD: 65 M18/L18)

Directions: From Dayboro, drive south on the Mt Sampson Road. Turn right onto Laidlaw Rd almost immediately. Turn right again onto Juffs Road just over the crest of the hill. Juffs Crossing is the causeway where the road passes over the North Pine River (really North Pine Creek in my opinion). There is a parking place 50 meters after the crossing.

Juffs Crossing gives access to a thick bank of riverine lowland forest on the banks of the North Pine River. The forest is good for birds like White-headed Pigeon, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-doves, Emerald Doves, Yellow Robin and Scarlet Honeyeater. White-eared Monarchs occur there. In January 2006 a pair of Oriental Cuckoos were seen there near the parking area. The open fields away from the riverine forest sometimes have Rainbow Beeeaters.

Lees Crossing is similar habitat lying placed slightly down stream. To reach Lees Crossing continue along Laidlaw Road, rather than turning right into Juffs Road - it turns into Lees Crossing Road. Lees Crossing is a similar causeway but is slightly more open country.


Kedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 121 D20

Directions:  Access the roundabout at the end of Toombul Road under the Gateway Motorway at Northgate. This can be done either by the Gateway Motorway or by Toombul Road from Sandgate Road at Virginia or from Nudgee Road at Northgate. (This roundabout is (traveling north) the one after the junction for the Airport Drive and East-West Arterial Road.)

A variety of ducks, some waders, Latham's Snipe, grassbirds and finches have been seen here. It is also a known habitat for Grass Owls.


Kholo Botanical Gardens, Ipswich

Brisbane UBD: 192 N14

Directions:   From Brisbane, from the Ipswich Motorway, take the Toowoomba turnoff (Warrego Highway 54) and after passing under the Ipswich Mt Crosby Road , take the first exit into Holdsworth Road and turn right into Waterworks Road passing over the Warrego Highway and then immediately turn left into Riverside Road. Continue along Riverside Road for approx 2.5km to the entrance to the Kholo Botanical Gardens on the right.

The Kholo Botanical Gardens is a small park located on a bluff overlooking the Brisbane River with a path leading down to the river. On a short December 2004 visit, the birds sighted included Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Emerald Dove, Brown-cuckoo Dove, Peaceful Dove, Rainbow Bee-eater and Double-barred Finch. Birds Queensland has visited these gardens on several occasions.

Kholo Botanical Gardens is conveniently close to Colleges Crossing which provides an alternative route to the gardens through Mount Crosby.


Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam)

Brisbane UBD: 97 H8/M4

Directions:  Turn into Samsonvale Road off Gympie Road at Strathpine then right into Forgan Road. Refer to Street Directory for this and alternative routes.

Lake Samsonvale is the closest accessible body of freshwater (so think waterbirds) to north Brisbane. As it is a water supply, access is restricted but It can be accessed at Forgan Cove, and Bullocky Rest from Forgan Road or from MacGavin View (UBD 97 L19) which can be reached from Dayboro Road and Vores Raod. Great-Crested Grebes are regular here.


Lake Manchester, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 173 C2

Directions:  Lake Manchester lies at the south west corner of D'Aguilar National Park. Drive through Kenmore and Belbowrie on Moggill Rd. Turn right in Pullenvale into Mount Crosby Rd and continue 9km to the T intersection just before the water treatment plant. Turn right and continue to Lake Manchester, the park is on the right.

There are pleasant walks below the dam wall and along the edge of the Lake.

If, rather than turning right before the plant, you carry straight on, you will come to Colleges Crossing after another 2 km.

Lake Manchester redevelopment.

Currently (April 2007) the dam wall is being upgraded (see and acess to the area around the dam wall is restricted. There is a path over the hill allowing access to the lake; however it is a steep and difficult track that is only really suitable for super fit mountain goats (IMHO). It is expected that major works will be completed by December 2007.


Lytton Wader Roost and Wynnum Boardwalk

Brisbane UBD: 143 F11

Directions:   To get to Lytton, drive east along Lytton Rd following the signs to the Port of Brisbane, follow Pritchard St from the turn off to Fort Lytton National Park, turn left into Wynnum North Rd, continue to the end of the road and park in the car park. The Wader roost can be found be by following the path opposite the entrance to the car park. This is best at high tide. Asian Dowitcher have been seen here along with the normal waders.

Wynnum Boardwalk is easily reached by following the path to the right and going into the mangroves (insect repellent is recommended). You can also enter via Granada St. or park at the northern end of Wynnym North esplanade near the Bowls Club, and walk north to the Boardwalk (UBD 143 H15). Collared Kingfishers and Mangrove Gerygones are always here.


Maiala, Mt Glorious

Brisbane UBD: 105 C5

Directions:   Maiala Park is part of the D'Aguilar park in Brisbane Forest Park  [Will open in new window]. . The easiest way of reaching Maiala Park is to drive west from Brisbane from Ferny Grove along Samford Road to Samford Village. Turn left along Mt Glorious Road and, at the top of a steep hill, turn right and the parking lot from Maiala is just past the Camp Constable turning.

Maiala, along with Mt Nebo, is one of the beast patches of accessible Highland rain forest close to Brisbane. The picnic area quite often hosts Wonga Pigeon and both Bowerbirds and Topknot Pigeon can often be often be seen overhead. There is loop track just after the parking lot which is good for Ground-thrush, Catbirds and Wompoo Pigeon (although these are much easier to hear than see) as well as the more common rain forest birds. At the end of the track you can loop back along the other path, cross Browns Road and go onto Green's Falls, or walk back to the main road along Browns Road - this is good for Honeyeaters when trees are in flower.

From Maiala you can go onto Lake Wivenhoe along Northbrook Parkway, back through Mt Nebo and The Gap or back the way you came. (In dry weather the is an interesting dirt road called "The Goat Track", which is just before Mt Nebo Village, and which goes down to Samford Valley.)

After your walk you could do worse than have a coffee at the Maiala Rainforest Teahouse and Restaurant (see: at 1850 Mt Glorious Rd, about half a kilometre back towards Brisbane. They have a number of bird feeders and also water in the garden behind the coffee shop and this attracts many birds. Wonga Pigeons, King Parrots and Satin Bowerbirds are regular in the garden, along with numerous Honeyeaters.
Don't be put off by the numerous bikies on week ends, they are normally of the Baby Boomer subspecies and relatively harmless.


Metroplex on Gateway, Murarrie, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 161 L2

Directions:   Metroplex on Gateway is a Business park in the shadow of the Gateway Way Bridge. From Lytton Road, turn north on Metroplex at the first traffic light west of the Gateway Arterial. Drive to the second round about and park. A walk way along the Brisbane river is straight ahead of you and a lake, which contains a breeding colony of White Ibises is to your right.

For a small park, overshdowed by the Gateway Bridge, it contains a lot of birds. Ballion's Crake and Swamp Harrier has been seen here. Many Egrets occur on the Lake and the sparce mangroves on the edge of the Brisbane River should throw up something as well.

This site is very close to Minnippi Parklands. This can be reached by crossing Lytton Road at the end of Metroplex andn driving along Creek Road and then truning left into Wynum Road.


Minnippi Parklands

Brisbane UBD: 162 A17

Directions:   Turn off Wynnum Road into Station Road West. Drive to the end of the road past the Aero Club and there is a parking lot overlooking the lake. The area is particularly good for rails which can be seen in early morning on the water's edge and Little Bittern has been seen here from time to time. A scope is useful here. There is a pleasant loop walk round the lake.

You can also enter Minnippi from Creek Rd too - very handy for Southsiders. From Meadowlands turn into Preston St & park off Kate St (UBD 162 A20) - short, pleasant walk over Bulimba creek to the Little Bittern end of the lake.


Moggill State Forest

Brisbane UBD: 175 N11

Directions:   Drive west from Brisbane along Moggill Road. At the top of a hill just after a divided section of Road turn right into Grandview Road. Continue for 4.4 kilometres and turn left into Mill Road. The entry to the forestry road is about 0.8 kilometres to the left. The entrances to the forestry road are gated

Moggill State Forest is excellent for bush birds such as Peaceful Dove, Fan-tailed and Shinning-bronze Cuckoos and Pacific Baza.


Nudgee Beach Boardwalk

Brisbane UBD: 111 L15

Directions:   Go to Nudgee Beach and the end of the 'main' street, the wetlands canoe trail starts here and the boardwalk is well sign-posted.

Nudgee Beach Boardwalk at Nudgee Beach is an easy spot to bird, one can have good views of waders from the hide and close views of other species in the mangroves. Best visited at incoming close-to-high tide. Mangrove Honeyeater, and Nankeen Night Herons are regular here. It's the kind of place that if visited regularly should turn up something really good. An easy 45 minute stroll around the boardwalk.


Oxley Creek Common_Rocklea

Brisbane UBD: 179 20B

Directions:   Oxley Creek Common is part of a green corridor starting at Pamphlett Bridge near the Brisbane River and following Oxley Creek as far as the Ipswich Motorway. Oxley Creek Common development is an area of about 120 hectares, directly opposite the Rocklea Markets, just 11 kilometres south-west of Brisbane's central business district

From Sherwood, drive east along Sherwood Road from Oxley Rd, over the railways line and Oxley Creek, and turn right into the parking lot in front of the environmental centre on the right. There is a pleasant walk along side the creek through open land with a large marshy fields and the area is always good for birds, especially marsh birds such as Glossy Ibises and also for raptors. Surprises such as Topnot Pigeon have been seen here.

See also the comprehensive web site for Oxley Creek Common.

Oxley Creek Common is conveniently close to Sherwood Arboretum which can be reached by driving west along Sherwood Road (turn left from the parking lot).

Bird List: Australian Brush-turkey, Magpie-Goose, Plumed Whistling-duck, Black Swan, Aust Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Grey Teal, Hardhead , Australasian Grebe, Darter , Little Pied Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Australian Pelican, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Aust White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork, Pacific Baza, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Grey Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Buff-banded Rail, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Latham's Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Comb-crested Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-fronted Plover, Red-kneed Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Spotted Turtle-dove, Crested Pigeon, Bar-shouldered Dove, Peaceful Dove, Topknot Pigeon, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australian King Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Common Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant-Coucal, White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird, Tawny Frogmouth, Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, White-throated Gerygone, Mangrove Gerygone, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Leaden Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher, Australian Magpie-lark, Rufous Fantail, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Black-faced Monarch, Spangled Drongo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller, Olive-backed Oriole, Figbird , White-breasted Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Torresian Crow, Richard's Pipit, Double-barred Finch, Plum-headed Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Nutmeg Mannikin, Mistletoebird , Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Tawny Grassbird, Little Grassbird, Golden-headed Cisticola, Silvereye , Common Starling, Common Mynah


Queens Esplanade, Thornside

Brisbane UBD: 164 E16

Directions:   Drive west from Brisbane along Wynnum Road and in Tingalpa take Manly Road at the roundabout. Continue along Green Camp Road until the left turn into Rickertt Road. Turn left onto Thornside Road and right onto John St which will take you to the Eslplanade.

This is a good wader area on the south side.


Dowse Lagoon (a.k.a Sandgate Lagoon), Sandgate, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 110 J1

Directions:   This small lagoon in the heart of the suburb of Sandgate is know to many bird watchers as Sandgate Lagoon. The UBD, however, shows it as Dowse Lagoon. Approach it from the city by Sandgate Rd or Handford Rd and turn right into Depot Rd. It can also be approached form the Gateway Motorway.

Whatever you call it, the lagoon is good for ducks with Australasian Shovellers, Magpie Geese, and Whistle-Ducks being reported regularly. Glossy Ibis are also seen here.

Sandgate Lagoon is conveniently close to the Redcliffe Peninsula Area and the sea at Bramble Bay.


Sandy Camp Road Wetlands Reserve, Wynnum West/Lytton, Brisbane

Brisbane UBD: 142 P16


Partial Bird List: Australasian Grebe, Australian Pelican, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, White-faced Heron, Cattle Egret, Australian Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Magpie Goose, Maned Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Australian Hobby, Brown Quail, Ballion's Crake, Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Masked Lapwing, Black-fronted Dotterel, Rpck Dove, Spotted Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella, Brush Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Welcome Swallow, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Tawny Grassbird, Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Yellow Robin, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Red-backed Fairywren, Superb Fairywren, Variegated Fairywren, White-browed Scrubwren, Mangrove Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone, Speckled Warbler, Striated Pardalote, Silvereye, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Myzomela, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, White-throated Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Spangled Drongo, Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow, Pied Butcherbird, Australasian Magpie, Torresian Crow, Common Myna, Mistletoebird, Double-barred Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


Sherwood Arbouretum

Brisbane BD: 178 K19

Directions:   Sherwood Arboretum in Sherwood Forest Park is best approached from Jolimont Street where there is a car park next to two reedy ponds. Little Bitterns and rails are regularly reported from here.

Sherwood Arboretum is conveniently close to Oxley Creek Common which can be reached by driving west along Sherwood Road (take the left turn form the parking lot.

See also the comprehensive web site for Sherwood Arbouretum.

Bird List: Australian Brush-turkey, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Mallard, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Hardhead, Australasian Grebe, Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Australian Pelican, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Little Bittern, Black Bittern, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Pacific Baza, Brahminy Kite, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Buff-banded Rail, Lewin's Rail, Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Painted Snipe, Comb-crested Jacana, Bush Stone-curlew, Black-fronted Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, Gull-billed Tern, Rock Dove, White-headed Pigeon, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Crested Pigeon, Bar-shouldered Dove, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Pale-headed Rosella, Brush Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Common Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal, Southern Boobook, Tawny Frogmouth, White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow Thornbill, Striped Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Rose Robin, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Black-faced Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher, Magpie-lark, Rufous Fantail, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Spangled Drongo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird, White-winged Triller, Olive-backed Oriole, Figbird, White-breasted Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, House Sparrow, Double-barred Finch, Nutmeg Mannikin, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Mistletoebird, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Tawny Grassbird, Little Grassbird, Silvereye, Common Starling, Common Mynah


Tinchi Tamba Wetlands

Brisbane UBD: 100 C16

Directions:   Turn off the Gympie Highway at Strathpine Road (UBD 109 J4) and go east and then immediately turn north onto Kluver St. Follow Wyampa Road to Deep Water Bend Reserve where there is ample parking. The Pine River is too full of speed boast to be good but waders can be quite numerous on Hills Creek at the right time of year. A scope is useful here and insect repellent can be essential. Brolgas and Black-necked Storks have been recorded here. There is are numerous paths to follow which can be good for Mangrove Honeyeaters and Bar-shouldered Doves.

There is also an interesting pond in Harold Kieely Park in Bracken Ridge Road, just before the new intersection with Hoyland Street - UBD 109 N1. Magpie Geese have been see there although they can also occur in the swamps further along Bracken Ridge Road.


Venman Bushland National Park

Brisbane UBD: 244 E3

Directions:   From the city access Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road (Route 2) either from South-east freeway turning left into Klumpp road; driving east along Klumpp Road, then Dawson Road, joining the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road. Continue east on route 2 under the Gateway Arterial road (an alternative way to access route 2) where the route changes to 21. Continue on past the Mt Petrie School on the left and through the roundabout. At the next roundabout turn right into Mt Cotton Road (Route 21) and continue. Turn right at the lights into Mount Cotton road (route 45) and then right into West Mt Cotton Road. Continue to the entrance to the park which is signposted.

See also the QLD Govt PDF: Venman Bushland National Park


Redcliffe Peninsula Area

All areas on the Redcliffe Peninsula can conveniently be covered together.


Brisbane UBD: 82 A8

Directions:   Scarborough includes several locations and littoral habitats: the mudflats of the southern edge of Deception Bay, which should not be confused with the nearby township of the same name; remnant mangroves running alongside Endeavour and Oyster Point Esplanades; the marina and boat harbour; reclaimed land created by the construction of the new boat harbour; North Reef, a long curved spit of shingle; and the rocky and sandy beach habitats associated with the coastline from Castlereagh (or Reef) Point around to Osbourne Point. Jamieson's Park is just to the east of the Boat Harbour.


Woody Point

Brisbane UBD: 91 N19

Directions:   Woody Point forms a rocky reef from the end of Woody Point Beach around to the jetty and onto Picnic Point and the Coastal Arboretum. Sand has been dumped on the reef outside the Yacht Club discouraging the appearance of Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria intrepres in the area.


Bribie Island and Pumicestone Channel Area

Buckley's Hole and South Point, Bribie Islands

Brisbane UBD: 63 E4

  Buckleys Hole is a productive pond, at the tip of South Point, in the Bongaree suburb of Bribie Island, near the corner of McDonald St and The Boulevard, Bribie Island. Walk right to get to the hide and continue along the track to the beach. Return along the beach. A good area for Buff-banded Rail. The beach attracts many waders.

Directions:   To reach South Point, turn right after crossing the bridge to Bribie Island (this involves going further on to a roundabout and doubling back). Then travel a couple of kilometres alongside Pumicestone Passage on Welsby Parade and Torobul St. Turn right on McDonald St - there is a sign - and the Boulevard at the end is right in front of Bucklye's Hole.

A Laughing Gull was found here in March 2002 south of the car park at Scoopy's and the jetty and was back in 2003.

Red Beach (Brisbane UBD: 63 G6) is at the very end of the Island, just before South Point. It is an area of lowland forest and seems to be a bit of a trap. Fariy Gerygone and Superb Fruit-Dove have been seen there. To get there do not turn off to Buckley's hole, just drive straight on to the end of Toorbul St, then follow the signs.


Caloundra Sandbank, SEQ.

Sunshine Coast UBD: 100 E18

Directions:   Caloundra Rd runs from the Bruce Highway east 10km to Caloundra. After your first glimpse of the sea you pass through three roundabouts and various traffic lights. At the second traffic lights after the (aforementioned) third roundabout turn right into Park Place, towards Golden Beach. (Be sure not to follow the first sign to Golden Beach at the first lights.) Park Pl is only a short stretch, and becomes the Esplanade, which follows the water alongside the Pumicestone Passage. Look for a park as soon as you see water on your left side, where the buildings give way to open space. This would be about 500 metres from the traffic lights where you have turned. On your right you will see the little kiosk, which is Bill's Boats, and the boats are launched opposite Bill's. This is where you can hire a tinnie, cost around $25 for 2 hrs. George from Bill's Boats knows where we go every week. Or you can set up your scope from here anywhere along the Golden Beach Esplanade.

Birds occupy various sandbanks between Golden Beach and Bribie Island, dependant upon the tide. A high tide will push them north in the Passage, a low tide will give them plenty of options. As Easter means full moon, it also means very high and very low tides. Birds numbers build up as light fades, and during the day it's pot luck how many birds you will find roosting on the sandbanks. For example, one Thursday survey gave a small flock of only 3000 terns, and yet on the Monday there was a flock of about 16-20,000 around 4pm. Evening viewing is usually best from the Bulcock Beach boardwalk, but if the birds take a different route in from the sea, you have to be flexible.

If, rather than turning onto Golden Beach, you can head straight on into town and to Shelley Beach. The path from Shelley Beach to Moffat Beach takes you along Caloundra Headland. The rocky shore here is good for Sooty Oystercatchers and Reef Egrets and Brown Honeyeater and Little Wattlebird are often abundant here in the coastal shrubs and Norfolk Pine.


Ewen Maddock Dam, Landsborough

More information to be provided later.


Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park

Brisbane UBD: 58

Directions:Entry via Mackney, Tinney and Phelps Roads in Upper Caboolture and McLoughlin and Williamson Roads in Morayfield.

Located approximately 6 kms south-west of Caboolture, consists of 231 hectares of open forest, with smaller sections of closed forest closer to the creek. Sheep Station Creek (a tributary of the Caboolture River) flows through the park and contains remnants of riparian rainforest. Sites of cultural heritage significance include Aboriginal markings and a wooden bridge, which was once part of the original road from Brisbane to Gympie. Conservation of native plants and animals is very important, especially among the current urban expansion. This area is for bushwalking, nature observation and horse riding.

Australian Brush Turkey, Australian Wood Duck, Little Pied Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Australian White Ibis, Pacific Baza, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Little Eagle, Red-backed Button-quail , Painted Button-quail, Purple Swamphen, Masked Lapwing, Brown Cuckoo-dove, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Pale-headed Rosella, Turquoise Parrot , Brush Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Southern Boobook, Tawny Frogmouth, White-throated Needletail, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Variegated Fairy-wren , Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Noisy Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Noisy Miner, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Fuscous Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey-crowned Babbler, Eastern Whipbird, Varied Sittella, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Little Shrike-thrush, Grey Shrike-thrush, Spectacled Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher, Australian Magpie-lark, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Spangled Drongo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird, Varied Triller, Olive-backed Oriole, Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Silvereye, Common Myna


Toorbul Wader Roost

Brisbane UBD: 51 Q4

Directions:   Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane to the Donnybrook/Toorbul turn-off near the Big Fish. Turn off here and head east over the highway overpass. Continue on this road to Toorbul. Turn right at the T-junction then first left and then right, which brings you onto the Esplanade. Follow this road to the end (approximately 2kms). This is a good area for waders at high tide.

The marshy area on right, called Bishop's march, as you drive into Toorbul normally has a pair of Brolgas. If they are not there they are often on the road between Toorbul and Donnybrook. Just check the paddocks out along this road.


The Gold Coast Area

A new brochure "Bird Places of the Gold Coast" is now available. Click here for details.

Fred Bucholz Park, Tamborine

Gold Coast UBD: 11 R1

Directions:   From Tamborine take the Beaudesert Road. Walnut Street is on the right 2½ km from Tamborine just after you see the lake on the right. The park is a samll unfenced area (with an unobtusive sign) just in fornt of thh main lake.

I have placed this entry as both Freckled and Blue-billed Duck were reported here in April 2005. Plum-headed Finches have also been seen here.


Pelagic Trips

Gold Coast UBD: 29 M12

Directions:   Paul Wallbridge is running regular boat trips again. They will be held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The boat leaves from Mariner's Cove on the Southport Spit at 6.30. Pelagic trips are almost the only way to see the true deep water birds such as Shearwaters and Petrels. Places are limited so contact Paul Wallbridge for details, or to reserve a place, by or by phone at 07 3391 8839.

This is the best way to see Tahiti Petrel, which is regular in summer.  


Salt Water Park

Gold Coast UBD: 8 B13

Since the council fixed the leak in the water main this are has been dry and so is not worth visiting unless the weather becomes very wet.

Directions:   (Note that the UBD shows it as Oyster Park) Take the Oxenford exit off the Pacific Highway and head towards Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove. Take Helensvale road off the big roundabout on Hope Island and it is on your right almost immediately; there are some samphire swamps in the north of the Park. The Gold Coast Bird Watchers report this as a consistently good area for wetland birds with reports of rarities such as Painted Snipe and Pectoral Sandpipers.


The Lockyer Valley

Apex Lakes (Freeman), Gatton, SEQ

Directions:   Follow the Cunningham Highway (Don't take the Gatton bypass) and turn left into Freeman's Rd after driving through the center of Gatton. A good area for ducks and open country birds. Cotton Pygmy-Geese (often in the far lake) and White-backed Swallows have been seen here. There is a pleasant walk round the lake.


Lake Atkinson and Seven Mile Lagoon

Directions:   Follow the Warrego Highway from Brisbane towards Toowoomba and Gatton. Turn right towards Esk onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. Just after Fernvale turn left towards Lowood. From Lowood follow signs to the right to Atkinson's Dam; this approaches the northern shore of the dam. An alternate route, especially if coming from the west is to turn north 4 kms east of Gatton. Turn right (east) after about 16 km. on to Atkinson's Dam Road.

Seven Mile Lagoon, is a feeder for Lake Atkinson lying just to its south. It can be reached by driving back towards Lowood and taking the first road to the right (Boyces Road) and turn right again (Watson Road) following the signs to Alex Geddes memorial Hall and the Pony Club.

As the water levels rise and drop after dry and wet years, Lake Atkinson and Seven Mile lagoon go from flood water to totally dry (as of March 2004 Seven Mile Lagoon was near full). Glossy Ibis, Avocets and Stilts and Dotterels appreciate the drying margins and when the lakes are flush ducks, such as Pink-eared Ducks are in their hundred. Cotton Pygmy-Geese occur in Lake Atkinson regularly and Freckled and Blue-billed Duck have been recorded in Seven Mile Lagoon

A group of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes have take up residence on Boyce Road. They are often near the pink caravan close to Watson Road.
Banded Lapwing are often seen if you go east on Watson Road from the Boyce Road junction.


Lake Clarendon

Directions:   Follow the Warrego Highway from Brisbane towards Toowoomba and Gatton. Go past Plainland and the turn off to Glenore Grove. There will be a signed turn to the right to Lake Clarendon. Follow Lake Clarendon Road, at the end turn right into Lake Clarendon Way and almost immediately left into Upper Greenswamp. You will see the dam to the left and there is a parking lot with covered picnic tables and toilets on the left a hundred meters afterwards.

Lake Clarendon, in April 2002, was host to a Banded Stilt, one of the few Queensland records. Other notable birds seen regularly here are Black Falcon (a pair is resident) and Banded Lapwing and Plum-headed Finches as well as the more common birds such as Avocets and Stilts.

In May 2005 Lake Clarendon was dry and very bird free.


Lake Dyer or Bill Gunn Dam

Directions:   From Brisbane take the Ipswich Road and then the Warrego Hwy. Proceed along the hwy. until a turn left at the sign to Laidley.   In the center of Laidley on Patrick St. turn right onto Whites Road (the Gatton Road).   Lake Dyer will be on your left after about two kilometres (note that this is shown as Lake Dwyer on some maps).

Lake Dyer has recorded Glossy Black-cockatoo and Plum-headed Finch.


Lake Galletly, Gatton, SEQ

Directions:   Lake Galletly is in the UQ Gatton campus. The UQ Gatton campus is situated on the Warrego Highway, about 7km east of Gatton. Road travel from Brisbane takes about 1 hour, or about 30 minutes from Toowoomba. Access can be from the Warrego Highway (northern end of campus, near overpass) or from the Gatton-Forest Hill road (southern end).
For a map see: The UQ Gatton Campus map.

Lake Galletly (BA 26 on the map) is always very good for Plumed Whistling-Ducks, Magpie Geese and Pink-eared Ducks.

A Bird Hide has been constructed here and there are plans to make the area round the lake more of a park.


Toowoomba and Warwick Area
(Darling Downs)

Cooby Dam

Directions: Take the New England Highway north from Toowoomba to Cabarlah ( about 16 km. ) Turn left ( west ) here on to Adams Rd. and follow the signs to the dam along Adams and Leahy Rds. before turning right ( north ) on to Cooby Dam Rd. The dam is roughly 9 km. from Cabarlah by this route.


Coolmunda Dam

Directions:Take the Cunningham Highway west from Warwick. The turnoff to the dam is approx. 99 km. from Warwick, on the left. The dam can be seen from the highway. It is a further 11 km. from the dam turnoff to Inglewood. From Toowoomba Coolminda Dam can be aproached via Warwick 84 km. to the south, or via Pittsworth and Leyburn to meet the Cunningham Highway at Karara. The dam turnoff is then 49 km. further west. Waterbirds may be viewed from the picnic area ( No. 1 ), and good birding may be had from the picnic area ( No. 2 ) below the dam wall. There is further good birding by completing the circumnavigaton of the dam i.e continuing south and east and north-east to Greenup. From here the Cunningham Highway is about 7 km. further north.


Durikai State Forest

Directions: Durikai State Forest is about 45 km west of Warwick on Cunningham Highway and 5 km before Karara. Vehicles may be taken along the Durikai Road to the south, but elsewhere by permit only; people may walk in the State Forrest without a permit. The area is very good for birds like Tufted Honeyeaters and Turquoise Parrots. White-browed Babblers have been seen here.


Glen Lomond Park

Directions: From Toowoomba CBD proceed south along Ruthven St. to Nelson St., turning left here and proceeding across Ramsay St. to Rowbotham St. Turn left and first right into Dorge St. The park is at the end of Dorge St.


Lake Broadwater, South West of Dalby

Directions: Leave Toowoomba towards Dalby. At Dalby take the Moonie Highway to the south-west for approx. 18 km. to the Broadwater Road turnoff to the left (south). Broadwater Lagoon is about 10 km. further on the left.


Goomburra State Forest

Directions: From Toowoomba proceed along the New England Highway south to Allora. Three km. south of Allora turn left ( east ) on to Goomburra Road. Follow this road via Berat, Goomburra, and Inverramsay right to the State Forest picnic and camping area.


Highfields Falls

Directions: Take the New England Highway north out of Toowoomba for approx. 9 km. Soon after entering Highfields township area Dau Road diverges to the right. At the end of this road a walking track leads down to Highfields Falls.


Irongate Environmental Park

Directions: Take the Toowoomba- Millmerran road south-west to Pittsworth. From Pittsworth proceed north for 2 km. and then west at the junction with McEwans-O'Deas road from the right about 2 km. to the Pittsworth-Norwin Road. Eight km. from here take the St. Helens-Irongate Road to the right ( north ) past the Wallingford School for about 8 km. to the Park on the left.


Jubilee Park

Directions: This park is north-east of and adjacent to Toowoomba city. Proceed east along Margaret Street from the CBD, and turn north ( left ) into Mary St. Access to the park is by either Wooldridge or North Streets. Wooldridge St. is the more southerley and is accessed by turning right into Geoffrey St. which then leads on into Wooldridge St. North St. is at the northern limit of Mary St. Turn left ( east ) into North St. from Mary St.

Thanks to Ken Wells for his notes on the Toowoomba Area

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