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Bird identification can be difficult, even for experienced birders, and many discussions occur during group walks and camps on this subject.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Bowra Sanctuary

Pink cockatoos (formerly Major Mitchell's) near Bowra homestead (Cacatua leadbeateri) © Cameron Davidson

Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, just West of Cunnamulla, is a former pastoral property that is owned and managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

Bowra has a long reputation as a reliable birding site with a bird list of over two hundred species, although some of those are very infrequent visitors. Bourke’s Parrot and Hall’s Babbler are resident species. A bird list is available at the property.

Bowra Sanctuary is open to bird-watching visitors from May to mid-October most years.

Directions: The Sanctuary is about sixteen kilometres from Cunnamulla. Head west from town across the Warrego River and after about two hundred metres turn right at the sign (Humeburn Rd, Golf Course, Bowra etc.). Head north about nine kilometres to the Bowra gate on the left. (Sign on the fence saying Bowra Sanctuary). The house and campground are six kilometres along the dirt road.

Visiting Bowra: For more detailed information go to Bowra Visitor Program on the AWC web site.

Accommodation: Only camping is offered at Bowra. For other accommodation needs, Cunnamulla is the best option – it has almost everything you could need (food, refreshments, vehicle repairs etc) and is only 15 minutes away.

Bookings are essential whether for day visits or overnight stays. They can be made only from the AWC booking web site and require payment at time of booking. Book here.

4WD vehicles are recommended. All roads on the property are dirt – they can be dusty in dry conditions and muddy and usually impassable when wet. Even a small amount of rainfall may close the sanctuary tracks. Vehicles over four tonnes and some 2WD vehicles are not suitable for the tracks.  In case of vehicle break-down you do require your own recovery plan for your vehicle.


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Sahul Sunbird (Cinnyris frenatus) © Vince Bugeja