Camps

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2021

June 12th to 13th - Millmerran, (Dunmore Road, Cecil Plains)
July 23th to 25th - Sundown National Park

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

June 12th to 13th - Millmerran, (Dunmore Road, Cecil Plains)

Leaders: Andrea Schafer and Nicky Stafford
Phone/SMS: 0416 070 469 or

Dunmore Road is the latest SE Qld birding hotspot, with many unusual birds sighted there. Millmerran Village Caravan Park provides easy access to this hotspot and is a welcoming park with various types of accommodation set over 13 acres of parkland with a manmade lake.

Millmerran is situated approximately 80 km (1 hr) southwest from Toowoomba and 215 km (2hrs 30min) south-west from Brisbane via the Toowoomba bypass.

The caravan park has 70 campsites and 45 cabins / motel rooms. It's also a short walk to the Mill Inn Tavern, recommended for a pub meal.

Make bookings directly with the caravan park stating that you are with Birds Queensland. A group of powered and unpowered sites, close to a large camp kitchen and amenities, has been reserved for BQ campers.

Contact Information for Millmerran Village Caravan Park:

Phone:
(07) 4695 2020
Email:
mvcaravanpark@bigpond.com
Address:
59-81 Bruce Road, Millmerran QLD 4357
Web:
www.millmerranvillage.com.au

Please advise the leaders by email or text that you will be attending.

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July 23th to 25th - Sundown National Park

Leader: Neil Strode
Phone: 0435 392 578 or

Sundown National Park is situated about 300km to the south-west of Brisbane CBD. Stanthorpe is the nearest town.

More than 180 species of birds have been identified in Sundown, including the iconic Turquoise Parrot, and Red-capped and Hooded Robins. There are several walks we can do, including the Western Circuit, along Permanents Rd, and to the Permanent Waterhole. Also the area around the campsites is always worth exploring.

We will be camping at The Broadwater camping area at the southern end of Sundown, adjacent to the Severn River. A booking has been made for group campsite number 16, and campers’ fees ($6.75 per person per night) will be collected during our stay (exact money would be appreciated!). I’ll be camped nearby on campsite number 15 in my motorhome reg 033 TVF (white Mercedes Sprinter), arriving on Thursday and leaving on Monday. Activities will be scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with additional walks for early arrivals.

If you don’t want to stay in campsite 16, you can book another campsite online.

For non-campers, cabin accommodation may be available at Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park ph (02) 6737 5266 which is about a 20 minute drive.

Facilities include pit toilets; shower cubicles; water at the Ranger’s cottage, and small BBQ fireplaces. Please note there are no rubbish bins provided.

What to bring: plenty of warm clothes for the cold nights, drinking water, insect repellent and firewood if possible (for hot showers from the donkey boiler, and campfire). COVID restrictions may prevent sharing of Happy Hour nibbles.

Directions: from Brisbane follow New England Highway 15 towards Stanthorpe. Go past the turnoff for Stanthorpe, stay on Highway 15, then turn left into Pancor Rd. At the T-junction turn right onto Texas Rd (that will take you back underneath Highway 15). Follow Texas Rd for approximately 62km then Glenlyon Dam Rd for approximately 14km. Turn left into Permanents Rd and follow gravel road for approximately 4km to campsite 16 on your right. Conventional vehicles can access the campsite. Vehicles over 5 tonnes are not allowed to traverse the bridge near the campsite.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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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.

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2021
Month Location Leader Date
June Millmerran Andrea Schafer & Nicky Stafford 12-13th June (long weekend)
July Sundown Neil Strode 23-25 July
August Goomburra Rob Kernot tbc
September Karara Lorraine Welsh 11-12th September
October Bindarrabi Andrea Schafer & Nicky Stafford 2nd-4th Oct (long weekend)
November Jandowae Kevin Delahoy tbc
December Bunya Mountains Denise & Raymond Downham 3-5 December 2021


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