Maleny Bird Weekend
22 – 24 September 2023
A bird camp in Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland) will be organised there for the first time in the history of Birds Queensland. It will hopefully be an interesting location.
Camping will be at the Maleny Showgrounds and the camp managers have promised that we will be placed in the same area. It is going to be a busy time of year in the school holidays but it is the only weekend we were able to secure. I will set up tent on the Thursday to try and ensure that allocation of camping spots is in our favour.
Camping costs $24 per night and includes electricity, water, toilet facilities, dump facilities and coin operated showers. You register on arrival at the camping office by completing the registration form and giving it to the caretaker or placing it in the after hours box.
There are many other accommodation options available in the Maleny area and the price ranges from reasonable to exorbitantly expensive. A reasonable option is a motel style accommodation called Tranquil Park which is relatively near the showgrounds along Mountain View Road. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view out over the Glasshouse Mountains and you can even see the Brisbane skyline in the distance. At the other end of the scale are more luxurious venues for those who wish to melt their credit card. Due to the fact it is school holidays, if anyone does want to book alternative accommodation, do it early.
The Showgrounds are located south of the town and the easiest way to get there is to drive up the main street (Maple Street) past all the cafes and shops and turn left into Myrtle Street which becomes the Maleny Stanley River Road and in less than 1km you will come to the showgrounds.
There is a possibility that we could organise for people to have dinner at the Maleny Hotel on the Saturday evening. Dinner runs from 5.30 to 8.30pm. If people are interested, please can they email me and closer to the time and I can then book tables. It is possible to walk from the showgrounds to the hotel along the Obi Creek walkway.
The birding activities are in the planning stage. An initial plan encompassing five walks has been developed but this may/will change depending on further exploration being conducted before the weekend.
Please email or contact me (Joe Power – 0419 273 748 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or suggestions. It would also be helpful if people could contact me when they know that they will be attending – camping/other accommodation and interest in the Saturday evening dinner.
See Weekend Itinerary here.