August 16-18: Camp Cooroora, Tewantin, Sunshine Coast

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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
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August 16-18: Camp Cooroora, Tewantin, Sunshine Coast

Organisers: Raymond & Denise Downham Phone: 3325 4769

Camp Cooroora is set on part of the northern banks of Lake McDonald between Tewantin and Cooroy. This is a Scout Camp site and covers an area of 3.3 ha, which is mainly grassed with trees bordering all boundaries including the lake itself. A large A framed building 'Kookaburra Lodge' is located on the northern side of the site which contains male and female toilets and showers. Adjacent to this building is a well appointed kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has a gas/electric stove, two refrigerators a large Bar-B-Q and a microwave oven; it has ample preparation and serving space, ideal for large parties. Two long dining tables that can seat 50 people under cover complete this area.

The camp is surrounded by natural vegetation, including state forests and forest reserves. It is a pleasant walk to Noosa Shire Botanic Gardens on the western shore of Lake McDonald.

Directions: travel north via the Bruce Highway, turn off at the Cooroy exit. Cross over the Railway line in Cooroy and turn into Diamond St (Service Station on Corner). This then leads into Tewantin Road and then into Cooroy-Noosa Road. Follow this road for approximately 6 kms until you cross over Six Mile Creek. Turn left into Sivyers Road, which turns into Gumboil Road, which in turn changes into Coolwood Road. There should be a blue sign "Scout Camp and Fish Hatchery" after turning into Sivyers Road. At the end of the sealed road and when you reach the last kilometre of good dirt track, there will be a large water storage tank on both sides of the road. Make a sharp turn left into the campsite where the sign says "Scout Camp" after travelling a kilometre along the dirt track.

Camp Fees: The site is suitable for caravans, camper vans, camper trailers and all forms of tents, there is no 'cabin' style accommodation (nearest will be Tewantin and Cooroy). Costs are from approximately $15 per person per night for a powered site to $12 per person per night for an unpowered site. As noted the kitchen has facilities – anyone camping on an unpowered site who wishes to use the kitchen facilities will be charged as though on a powered site.

Bookings: can be made on (07) 5442 5285 or email

Please attempt to book in advance and mention that you are with Birds Queensland.

On arrival at the camp site please report to Camp Managers, at the far end of the camp grounds. Full payment is made on arrival.

Further details around this site is obtainable from:

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2019
Month Location Leader Date
September Lanikai Margaret Clark 20-22 September
October Karara Lorri Welsh 5-7 October - Queen's Birthday
November Jandowae Kevin Delahoy 1-3 November
December Bunya Mountains Brian Tynan 13-15 December

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