October 30-November 1 - Stanthorpe
December 4 to 6 - Yarraman Region
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

October 30-November 1 - Stanthorpe

Leader: Kevin Delahoy Phone: 0408 983 633

I'm having my BQ camp in the Stanthorpe area as they have been doing it tough over the last 18 months or more and I thought it would be good for the group to support this area by having our camp here.

The place I have chosen is Sommerville Valley Tourist Park. BQ have been here a couple of times over the years. It sits on the banks of Storm King Dam.

Accommodation: There are a number of choices here. There are cabins that can sleep up to 2 to 6 people, price from $75 to $260 p/n, powered $35 and unpowered campsites $30 p/n and the same for caravans.

When booking, please mention that you are with BQ.

Place: Sommerville Valley Tourist Park, 63 Sommerville Lane, Sugarloaf
GPS Location: LAT: 028deg 42'36.37" S LON: 152deg 00'12.64" E
Phone: 07 4681 4200

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December 4 to 6 - Yarraman Region

Leaders: John Walton & Janette Thurley
Phone: 0419839503

Yarraman Caravan Park
12121 D’Aguilar Highway, Yarraman

Book early as regional areas have become very popular during COVID travel restrictions.
The Park has reserved a number of cabins and powered sites for BQ up to 2 weeks before the camp.

Book directly with the Park on 07 4163 8185 and advise that you are with Birds Queensland to get the 15% discount.
Tariffs: Discounted Rates from: $47.60 for 2 nights for unpowered sites; $54.40 for 2 nights for powered sites; $136 - $170/2p for 2 nights for cabins.

The Yarraman Caravan Park is a 2.5 hour drive 170km north- west of Brisbane and has good facilities for a Christmas Camp.

The Yarraman State Forest is adjacent to the caravan park and the Black Breasted Buttonquail is regularly sighted there.

The usual end of year celebrations will be modified to meet safe COVID practice, however final proposals need to be considered further. Suggestions are most welcome. We hope to get Penny & Helen to prepare another special “Bird Quiz”.

Preliminary Program starts at 2.30-3pm Friday 4th Dec with a drive to local spots around town. Map with locations will be available for groups to avoid large convoys. Full program will be available later.

Email to advise that you are attending the camp.

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Future Camps

The planned camps listed below will be held under the current easing of Covid-19 restrictions and may be subject to change should the situation alter. See the COVID-19 actions on our website at

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2021
Month Location Leader Date
March Lanikai Margaret Clark TBA
April Bolivia (20k south Of Tenterfield) Anne Nicholls 3-5 April Easter Camp

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