Camps

2019

March 15-17: Inskip Point Camp
April 19-22: Miles Region (Easter Camp and Birds Queensland 50th Anniversary Celebration Camp)

Future Camps

General information

image - Little Friarbird
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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image - Beach Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew
© J. Sneddon

March 15-17: Inskip Point Camp

Leader - Mike West Phone: (07) 3876 4844

The last BQ camp at Inskip Point was Feb 2014, which was promoted as the best square kilometer birding spot and Blackbreasted Button-quail (BBBQ) heaven. Most of the BBBQ’s went to heaven following the tragic slaughter by wild dog/dingo crosses. Some BBBQ’s have begun to return but the variety of birds there is still surprising. Previous regulars for the weekend include, Beach Stone Curlews, Fairy Gerygone, White-eared Monarch, Pale-yellow Robin, Brush Bronze and Ground Parrot, plus many more.

We hope to camp at SARAWAK clearly marked on the right, look out for BQ signs. 2 wheel drive is ok but watch for sand traps in the campgrounds. Camping at Inskip costs $ 6.55 per person per night. You cannot book a specifc site, so it is pot luck when you get there. Book on line or by phone 137468 www.qld.gov.au/camping.

Composting toilets are the only facility, bring your own water and showers, also insect repellent, sunscreen, telescopes and torches.

There is a range of accommodation in Rainbow Beach for non campers 12km away, although it is popular with backpackers, enquire before you book.

Saturday is a planned all day out (carpool) with morning tea and lunch at Bymien, and Happy Hour on the Noosa Plain.

Contact Mike if you need more information.

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April 19-22: Miles Region (Easter Camp and Birds Queensland 50th Anniversary Celebration Camp)

Organisers: Anne Nicholls, Janette Thurley & John Walton Mobile: 0419 839 503

The frst Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society) camp was an Easter Camp held with the Chinchilla Field Nats in the Miles-Condamine area in 1970. As part of the Birds Queensland 50th anniversary celebrations we are planning the 2019 Easter Camp at Possum Park just outside Miles. The property “Rockwood” where the frst camp was held is now part of the AGL gas felds, however we will be attempting to get AGL approval for a bird walk on the "Rockwood" property.

Possum Park (http://www.possumpark.com.au) is a 350 acre property which was a military base in days gone by. Over 140 bird species have been sighted on this property. A wonderful range of accommodation from cabins, military bunkers, igloos and train carriages as well as powered (including some ensuite) and un-powered sites are available. We will have a camp kitchen, plenty of cover for social gatherings and a large open fre pit.

Cabins, bunkers and rail carriages are $100/night for 2 people ($20/extra person).

Book your accommodation as early as possible as this can be a very popular Easter get away and mention that you are with Birds Qld. Phone/Fax Julie and David Hinds on (07) 46271651.

We are currently developing the weekend program which will be available early in the New Year and welcome any suggestions in the meantime.

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2019
Month Location Leader Date
August Lake MacDonald Denise & Raymond Downham TBA
September TBA Margaret Clark Before 21st Sept


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