Outings of 2012

Outings & Events Calendar

January to December, 2012

January: no monthly outing or meeting, but the weekly Thursday walk will continue in the Tweed Heads area. For information on location contact Laurel Allsopp on 07 5590 9254 or 0404 005 023

February 12: ‘Dunbible

March 11: Flat Rock/Lake Chikiba (low tide 5.07am; high tide 11.10am)

Take the Pacific Highway south to Ross Lane (access to Lennox Head). Take Ross Lane to its intersection with the Byron Bay Road, turn south and travel on the Coast Road through Lennox Head and Skennars Head. Flat Rock is signposted to the east; go to the parking area at the end of the road. Driving time: around 1 hr 15mins from Murwillumbah.

Lake Chikiba is about 3 km to the west toward Ballina.


1 April: Daylight saving ends.

April 8: Crams Farm (Clarrie Hall Dam)

Take the Kyogle Road south through Uki. Take Doon Doon Rd to the east, then Commissioners Creek Rd to Crams Farm. Enter through gates and park at picnic area. Driving time: 50 minutes from Murwillumbah.

May 13: Ukerebagh Nature Reserve, Tweed Heads (low tide 8.43am)

From Minjungbal Drive, take Water St to the east. Park at the end of the road. Driving time: 30 minutes from Murwillumbah.

June 10: Byron Wastewater 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. Driving time: approximately 45 mins from Murwillumbah.

July 8: Cudgen Nature Reserve, Round Mountain Road

Take the Tweed Coast Road and travel south from Bogangar or north from Hastings Point.  Take Round Mountain Rd to the west and the entrance to this part of the Reserve is 100m from the intersection on the southern side of the road, opposite the Pony Club sports ground.  Travel time from Murwillumbah approximately 30 mins.


August 12: Hosanna Farmstay, Tunnel Road, Stokers Siding

The owner of this facility has requested a survey to compile a bird list for guests.  From Murwillumbah, take Mistral Rd past the Tweed River Art Gallery, then take the first turn left into Stokers Rd.  Continue to the village of Stokers Siding, and Tunnel Rd is at the southern end of the village.  If coming from the south, take Tweed Valley Way then take Stokers Road to the west.  Park just inside the gate to the right of the track.  Some short sections of the walking track are steep, and gumboots may be required for a creek crossing, depending on the water level.  Travel time from Murwillumbah approximately 15 minutes.

Sept. 9: Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, North Head Road, Ocean Shores

From the Brunswick Valley Way take Orana Road to the east, then take North Head Road to the south.  Drive to the parking area at the end of North Head Road.  Low tide is approximately 7.30am.  Travel time from Murwillumbah approx. 40 mins.

September 28 to October 7: Caldera Artfest, Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Murwillumbah.  View (and purchase) high quality artworks depicting birds and other aspects of our biodiversity.

 October 7: NSW daylight savings time starts

October 14: Rocky Creek Dam

Exit the Pacific Highway to Bangalow and take the Bangalow-Lismore road to Clunes.  At the northern side of Clunes, take James Gibson Rd to the west, continuing to the intersection with Corndale Rd.  Turn north, then west onto Hunters Hill Rd heading for Dunoon.  Continue north from Dunoon and take the Rocky Creek Dam Rd to its end in the Dam’s carpark/picnic area.  There are a number of alternative routes that can be taken, many of which are signposted to the Dam, and a local road map is recommended.  Driving time from Murwillumbah approx. 1hr 20mins.

Nov. 11: Chinderah Waste Water Treatment Plant, Altona Road, Chinderah

(Note: this is the Tweed Shire Council’s current waste water treatment site and not the site of the former Kingscliff treatment works)

From the Tweed Coast Road, between Chinderah and Cudgen, take Crescent Street to the west, then turn into Altona Road and continue to Treatment Works.  The red “A” marker shows Crescent Street.  Altona Road is the one going west from just above the “A” marker into the treatment plant. Travel time from Murwillumbah is approximately 30 minutes.

December 9: Booyong Nature Reserve

Update to location of Christmas Party at the Jones’ TBO Meet 9th December Shorter Route Map

Leave the Pacific Highway to access Bangalow.  From there take the Bangalow-Lismore Road, heading towards Clunes. After passing through Binna Burra take Booyong Rd to the south, and continue approx. 6.5km (through Nashua) to Booyong Nature Reserve. The Booyong Recreation Reserve is to the north west of the village on the other side of the railway right of way.

Note that Google Maps does not recognise that Booyong Road connects Nashua and Booyong.  This means that sat nav based on Google maps will almost certainly take you through Clunes, at the west end of Booyong Road.

Anne & Roger Jones have kindly offered their home at 1109 Booyong Road for our morning tea, so continue west along Booyong Rd. to their property, which may sport a TBO sign.  Bring morning tea to share and your own chair.

For further details, or if weather is poor, please phone
Linda Brannian – 0407 664 286 or
Helen Manning – 0428 151 865


4 Responses to Outings of 2012

  1. David: Would you please add the Google Maps to the July through December outings. Thanks LInda

  2. Thanks David and Linda, it all looks fine to me – Helen.

  3. Babs says:

    Dear Tweed Birders. I’ll be driving Brisbane-Sydney in mid November. I will have just a couple of hours in Ballina [while we wait for friends to switch cars]. So can you tell me where you would go if you had just two hours. Thanks Babs

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