11th to 14th February - Rainbow Beach
11th to 13th March - Esk

Future Camps
Photos from Previous 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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Beach Stone-curlew
© J. Sneddon

11th to 14th February 2022 - Rainbow Beach

Leaders: Kelvin & Amelia Neilsen
Phone: (07) 5482 6721

Situated 2.5km along Carlo Road, Rainbow Beach, (at 308 Carlo Road), “Rainbow Beach Holiday Park” offers visitors a full range of accommodation with villas, cabins, powered & unpowered caravan & tent sites, amid 23 acres of well maintained, spacious grounds.

A clean & spacious Amenities Block is another feature of this Holiday Park.

For further information & Bookings go to – or Phone them on (07) 5486 3200.

Informal walks around the Camp Site, (a very productive Birding Site in itself), will be held on Friday the 11th, (arrival & set-up Camp day).

Saturday the 12th is intended to be a Day Trip, with an early start, (7am), to visit our Shorebird Site at Mullens’ Creek.

For this day, please bring Morning Tea, Lunch, Happy Hour Goodies, tables, chairs, water etc, along with Clothing & Footwear suitable for wet conditions for the Shorebird excursion.

Morning Tea will be had at the Mullens Picnic Area; (where we will park, with Shelter Sheds & Toilets available at this Site).

Lunch will be had at a Site along the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Birdwalk, (Shelter Sheds & Toilets available), after which we will explore Sites 5, 6, 7, (walking flat, easy and shaded).

We then travel to the Noosa Plains along the Cooloola Way, to be there by 3.30pm – 4pm for “Happy Hour” and the Ground Parrot Chorus, then back to Camp for Tea and “Birdcall”. (Please Note that 4wd or vehicles with high clearance are preferred for this Site).

Sunday the 13th we will have an early morning visit, (7am), to Inskip Point & Bullock Point, where we have sighted Shining Flycatcher, (“Exit Time” for Cabins at Rainbow Waters Holiday Park we believe is 10am).

For further information on Rainbow Waters Holiday Park, please visit

We expect to gain a sizeable Bird Count for this Camp.

Walking in all Sites to be visited is Easy.

We do hope you will find our choice of Sites for the February Camp to your liking.

Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen, COOLOOLA NATURE

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11th to 13th March 2022 - Esk

Leaders: Helen Procter-Brown & Penny Ackland
Phone: 0427 486 211 or 0427 720 975
Email: or

Esk is a wonderful little town on the Brisbane Valley Highway, way less than 2 hours away from wherever you may live in greater Brisbane. We plan to show you a couple of the less visited places in the area which give a chance of seeing a selection of bush birds including the elusive Spotted Quail-thrush and Painted Button-quail.

Our agenda is not yet set in concrete, but be prepared to take morning tea and lunch on our Saturday outing. Our first activity will be a local walk leaving our ‘gathering place’ at approximately 3:30 pm followed by Happy Hour and Bird Call from 5:30 on.

The Esk Caravan Park, 16 Hassall St., Esk.
Phone: 5424 1466

The Esk Caravan Park is a very short walk to the town centre. It has a range of accommodation and facilities to suit most needs and wants. These include 2 heated swimming pools, BBQ’s and Pizza Ovens, camp kitchens, an entertainment area plus a smaller ‘Chill n Grill’ area which I anticipate being our gathering place. I have asked for 5 adjacent powered sites to be set aside for our campers. Should you be wanting one of these, please let the park know you are with the Birds Queensland group.

  • For campers: Powered site (2 people) $45; Unpowered site $31.
  • Cabins have a 2 night minimum: Ensuite with double bed $114 per night.
  • There is also a Bunkhouse with a shared ensuite which can accommodate up to 4 people (2 x 2 bunk rooms). With 4 people it is $124 per night. For 2 people, $94 per night.
  • Motel rooms are also available from $132 per night.

Please make your booking direct with the caravan park and let the camp leaders know that you are attending. Thanks.

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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 2022
Month Location Leader(s) Date
February Rainbow Beach Kelvin & Amelia Neilsen 11-14th February
March Esk Helen Procter-Brown & Penny Ackland 11-13th March
October Toowoomba Marie Gittins 28-30th October

Photos from previous camps

BQ member Andrew Martin has prepared a slideshow from several previous camps. You can view it on Youtube (the link will open in a new tab or window).