Sunday 11 June 8.00 am - Maleny Big Day Out
Wednesday 21 June 7.30 am - Lake Samsonvale / Bullocky Rest, Joyner
Saturday 8 July 2.00 pm - Canterbury Park & Barungwarra Bushland Reserve, Bald Hills, Brisbane
Thursday 13 July 7:30 am - Hardings Paddock, Purga, Qld

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Birds Queensland has two main outings each month, one on a weekend, and the other in mid-week. The Photogroup usually has an outing each month on the weekend, mostly in the morning, though the tide influences the timing if waders are the target. Details for these outings over the next few months are recorded on this page below.

In addition, there are Easy Start walks for new members, on the fourth Sunday of each month (except December). Interested persons should contact Dawn Muir by telephone 3870 8076 or by for details of locations and timing.

The Queensland Waders Study Group usually has a monthly outing (for Wader counts and other wader related activities), timed to suit the tide on a Sunday early in each month. Details are given on their web page.

Outings organized by the Noosa Parks Association are included here for those who would like to participate. Please contact the organizers if you intend to participate in these activities.

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

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Sunday 11 June 8.00 am - Maleny Big Day Out

Leader: Esther Townsend - Phone: 3356 5007

Maleny is a town of about 4,500 people located on top of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The surrounding area is rural residential land and farm land (dairying, avocadoes etc.) with patches of remnant scrub. It is pretty countryside with green rolling hills and some stunning views but it is also full of tourist traps which we will do our best to avoid during our big day out. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the whole area is good for birds. According to the RACQ Trip Planner, Maleny is approx. 105 km from the Brisbane CBD and the trip takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Presumably most people who go on this outing will be coming from Brisbane though probably not from the CBD, so if you are prepared to drive that far for a bit of birding then we might as well make a full day of it. To try to see a good variety of birds, we will visit three sites around Maleny and do a walk at each site, with morning tea and lunch in between. Each walk is about 2 km in length and, apart from a graded track at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, the tracks we will be following are a bit up and down and rough under foot. You are welcome to come to one, two or all three of the walks.

We will kick off at 8:00 am at Bergann's Lane at Witta, approx. 8 km NW of Maleny then have morning tea at the nearby Witta sports ground. After that we will drive 16 km to Maroon Pocket Dam Southern Recreation Area where we will do another walk and have lunch. If anyone has any puff left after that, we will head off to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a very nice block of rainforest with stunning views south over the Glasshouse Mountains. The Reserve has a new Rainforest Discovery Centre which has a short elevated boardwalk. Yes, that's right, rainforest in the afternoon, in winter. At least I hope it is winter by then. After that you will be allowed to go home.

WALK ONE: Bergann's Lane Walk
Meet at the eastern end of Bergann's Lane, at the intersection with Witta Road, WITTA. This is opposite Middleton Road and adjacent to property No. 269, Witta Road. (Sunshine Coast UBD Map 73 R8). The best place to park is on the grass just inside Bergann's Lane. The nearest public toilets are at the Witta sports ground which is located in Witta Road approx. 700 m north of our meeting place (Sunshine Coast UBD Map 73 Q-R7). We will have morning tea at the sports ground and you will need a picnic chair here.

WALK TWO: Martin Williams Nature Walk
Meet at the Southern Recreation Area, Baroon Pocket Dam, which is located at the northern end of Baroon Pocket Road, North Maleny. (Sunshine Coast UBD Map 74 J8). The area has good picnic facilities including toilets (long drops) overlooking Lake Baroon. We will have lunch (probably a late lunch) here after the walk.

WALK THREE: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mountain View Road, Maleny. (Sunshine Coast UBD Map 94 L3). The reserve is well sign posted and has good picnic facilities.

Slip, slop, slap. Bring water, morning tea, lunch and a picnic chair. Bird watching - anywhere, anytime.

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Wednesday 21 June 7.30 am - Lake Samsonvale / Bullocky Rest, Joyner

Leader: Vernon Kretschmann - Mobile: 0488 211 277

This walk will commence at 7.30am at the Bullocky Rest Picnic Area located off Forgan Road, Joyner. Refer UBD Map 97 M4.

We last visited this area in February 2015 and the bird count was down on previous years so it will be interesting to see what the difference is with a winter scheduled walk. We can expect to see a good range of bird species comprising a mix of water and bush birds. The lake track is an enjoyable and rewarding area with the walk passing through eucalypt forest along the shores of Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam). Bring morning tea which will be taken on the walk, ample water and insect repellent. Toilet facilities are available at Bullocky Rest picnic area.

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Saturday 8 July 2.00 pm - Canterbury Park & Barungwarra Bushland Reserve, Bald Hills, Brisbane

Leader: Esther Townsend Phone: 3356 5007

Canterbury Park and Barungwarra Bushland Reserve are wedged between the Gympie Arterial Road and the Pine River in the suburb of Bald Hills, on the very northern outskirts of Brisbane. The area comprises parkland, playing felds, ponds, mangroves, river and a bit of bush. It is very noisy near the Gympie Arterial Road and there are no toilets here and not much in the way of picnic facilities. Even worse, when I did a recce there in early April, the mosquitoes almost carried me off. Apart from that, it is quite a good place for birds and it is all flat and hopefully the mosquitoes will not be there in July.

Directions: Meet in Feuerriegel Road, just west of the intersection with Rushworth and Seaton Streets, BALD HILLS.

Brisbane UBD Map 99 G19.

Slip, slop, slap.

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Thursday 13 July 7:30 am - Hardings Paddock, Purga, Qld

Leader: Margaret Cameron. Email:

Hardings Paddock, Purga, is my favourite winter walk. We will walk the Gamlen Circuit (about 3km) from the picnic ground with its grassed open space and small dams, frst through open grassy woodland (largely wattle regrowth), and then up a rather steep walk through forest to the ridge which has Spotted Gum and Ironbarks. We expect lots of honeyeaters in the blossoming gums, and migrants like Rose Robins - and I always hope for Speckled Warblers!

After morning tea we will walk on more level tracks around the picnic and camping areas.

Directions: Take the Ipswich-Boonah Road south from the Cunningham Highway at Yamanto for 5.8km; turn left (east) into Carmichaels Rd; the park gate is at the end of the road, c.3 km. Meet at the frst picnic ground at 7:15am. There are picnic tables and toilets.

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Outings Elsewhere

As part of a greater effort to connect with the various bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be welcome to join the local birders:

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, with outings on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Linda Brannian or view details on the website which is currently http://tweedbirdobservers.wordpress.com

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.00 a.m. in summer and 7.30am in winter. Contact: Colin Collins on 07 5535 5499, Beth Hall on 07 5534 2049 or Jan Clogan on 07 5563 1754 for details on the next outing (where to start and places to be visited).

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with regular outings - Contact: Kay Williams at 4659 5475 or mob. 0429 465 954.

Noosa Parks Association - Bird Observers Group

Every second month an interpretive walk takes place before their Friday Forum with a guest speaker. Meet in the Environment Centre car park, Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville, beside the library, at 8.30am. Contact Valda McLean 5476 2123 for details.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

Another local group with regular weekly walks. Contact John Knight at 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Cairns Birding.

Holds regular walks each month- first Sunday at Centenary Lakes, third Sunday a field trip to various locations, and last Friday to the Crocodile Farm. Contact John Seale on 4052 1195 or check their website at www.cairnsbirding.blogspot.com.

Birdlife Southern Queensland

Use the following link to discover the outings and other activities offered by this group. http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

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