Outings of 2011

Outings & Events Calendar for 2011


Outings are held on the second Sunday of the month commencing at 7.30am.  Informal meetings are held at the end of each outing, during morning tea

January – No outing this month

13 February – Belliss Road in Clagiraba State Forest, Qld

Make your way to the Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, Nerang, by whatever route suits you. Heading west, continue straight ahead past the Canungra / Beaudesert turnoff (Mt. Nathan Road) for approx 1km. Turn right into Clagiraba Rd (big sign here). Keep left and follow the road approx 2.5km to Belliss Road. Turn left and continue for about 1/2km to the end of the road.

—– This is where we had a fantastic encounter at a range of about 3 meters from a Tawney Frogmouth and her two young offspring. See the photos at Peter’s Flickr page. —-

—- We also visited the following location, Darlington Range Road near Canungra. The Historic Tunnel and the quarry at the top of the hill from Pine Street were both visited. —-

13 March – Ballina for waders: Flat Rock and surrounds

Travel south along Pacific Highway, past Knockrow Castle on the right and shortly after turn left at the Ross Lane / Lennox Head sign. Follow this road along to a T intersection then turn right into The Coast Road. Proceed through a roundabout, past Skennars Head estate on the right and approximately 2km’s along turn left into Flat Rock Road (camping area signposted). Drive past the camping area and meet in the car park (green arrow).

10 April –  Chillingham

8 May – Wych-wood Forest Escape: Urliup Road, via Murwillumbah.

Exit Murwillumbah via Queensland Road. From the Showgrounds, travel 3.7km, turn right at Dulgaigan Road and travel approx 200m to Pat Smith Park on the right. We will carpool here, and return here for morning tea. Wych-wood is approx 3km along Urliup Rd.

12 June –Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant

Proceed south along the Pacific Hwy and take the Byron Bay exit. Follow Ewingsdale Rd until you come to the BP service station on the left. Turn left here and follow the road past shops etc for about ½ km. You will see the turnoff to the STP on the left, follow road and meet at the gates. The gates are at the green arrow indicating the group of buildings in the top centre of the map. .

10 July Outing: Mt Nardi, Nightcap National Park 

Drive to Nimbin, then take Tuntable Falls Road to Newton Drive.  Follow Newton Drive to the Mt Nardi parking area.

Bird Count, Mt Nardi,  10 July 2011

Pied Currawong                                             Large-billed Scrubwren

Emerald Dove                                                White-browed Scrubwren

Grey Fantail                                                   Grey Shrike-thrush

Brown Gerygone                                            Brown Thornbill

Lewin’s Honeyeater                                      Willie Wagtail

Striated Pardalote                                         Eastern Whipbird

Spotted Pardalote                                          Golden Whistler

Wonga Pigeon                                                 Albert’s Lyrebird

Eastern Yellow Robin                                     Logrunner

Crimson Rosella                                             White-throated Treecreeper

Eastern Spinebill                                            Wedge-tailed Eagle

Pheasant Coucal                                             Eastern Rosella

24 species (plus an unidentified Cuckoo)

16 July (Saturday)- Albert’s Lyrebird Survey:

camp overnight in Mebbin National Park but we will drive to Wollumbin National Park (Brummies Lookout area) and survey there on morning of Sunday 17 July*. 

 6 August (Saturday) – Albert’s Lyrebird Survey:

camp overnight, possibly Maccas Camp Ground, via Main Arm, Mullumbimby (to be confirmed). We will survey in Mt Jerusalem National Park on morning of Sunday 7 July*.

14 August Outing: 830 Commissioners Creek Road, Commissioners Creek-


 Bird Count,  830 Commissioners Creek Road, 14 August Outing

 Pied Butcherbird,  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Torresian Crow, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Pied Currawong, Bar-shouldered Dove, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Red-browed Finch, Noisy Friarbird, Lewins Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, King Parrot, Magpie, Brown Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle,  Magpie Lark, Noisy Miner, Olive-backed Oriole, Logrunner (heard), Striated Pardalote, Spotted Pardalote, Wonga Pigeon, Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale Yellow Robin, Rose Robin (heard), Large-billed Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Silvereye, Brown Thornbill, Varied Triller, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Azure Kingfisher

Total: 40 species

 11 September Outing: Chinderah – site of former Kingscliff Sewage Treatment Plant-

Treatment plant infrastructure has been removed.  The site is to the east of the Tweed Coast Road, opposite Chinderah Golf Course.  Access is by a sealed unnamed road, which, if you are coming from the north, is the first road to the left after the Chinderah Industrial Estate (Morton St).  If you are coming from the south, it will be the first road to the right past the Noble Lake Residential Village.  Park at the end of the road past the trotting track.

Approximate driving time from Murwillumbah: 30 minutes.  Morning tea and meeting will be held at Faulks Park, Kingscliff, to view breeding ospreys and take advantage of facilities.

Bird Count (61) from the day is available at: Kingscliff STP 11 9 11 TBO outing birdlist

 16-18 September: Rufous Scrub-bird Survey in Border Ranges National Park.

Arrive Friday night and camp  at Forest Tops Camping Area.  Surveys will commence at 7.30am on Sat 17 and Sun 18*.

25 September: BrisBOCA will visit Terranora Broadwater (Seagulls walk),

all welcome to come along.  Meet at Seagull’s car park.

30 Sept – 3 Oct Caldera Artfest:

in the Tweed Shire Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah. See birds represented in art and also help with TBO display. 

9 October Outing:  Mebbin National Park/Wollumbin State Conservation Area-

Access via either Uki ( Kyogle Rd to Byrill Ck Road) or Tyalgum (Brays Creek Rd to Byrill Creek Rd.)  Meet at the Cutters Camp camping area.

Bird Count at Mebbin National Park of 45 species see: Mebbin Forrest 09-10-11 TBO Species List

 14-16 October: Rufous Scrub-bird Survey in Border Ranges National Park. 

Arrive Friday night and camp at Forest Tops Camping Area.   Surveys will commence at 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday*.

4 – 18 November: Tweed River Festival:

bird walks in the Tweed River estuary. Program available closer to the date.

13 November Outing: Eagleby Wetlands

Travel north up the MI to Beenleigh and take the ‘City Road’ exit to Severin St, which becomes Logan St.  Continue along Logan St but turn left before entry to the Sewage Treatment Plant.  Drive to end of road at Olivers Sports Complex. Alternatively, from the motorway exit to Brigade Drive and River Hills Road will also take you to the same place. 

11 December Outing: Fernvale locality, Murwillumbah-



For further details, or if weather is poor, please phone


*For further information on either the Alberts Lyrebird or Rufous Scrub-bird surveys, please contact Faye Hill on 66779095


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