Information for those considering visiting Bowra

Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, just West of Cunnamulla, is a former pastoral property that is owned and managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). Volunteers from Birds Queensland manage the visitor accommodation and coordinate the bird-related activities on the site.

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. During August and September the place can be alive with wild flowers.

Bowra Sanctuary is open to bird-watching visitors from March to October each year. It is about sixteen kilometres from Cunnamulla.

Directions: 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 Bowra Sanctuary, white letterbox (fuel drum) with Bowra painted on it.) The house and accommodation area are six kilometres along the dirt road. Call at the house when you arrive. If it is wet then don’t drive this road without first ringing to inquire if the road is passable.

Accommodation: There are two levels of accommodation offered at Bowra: camping and shearers’ quarters.

  • The shearers’ quarters accommodates up to ten people in six one or two bed rooms. Cooking facilities are shared, with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, cooking pots and utensils, crockery and cutlery. Detergents and tea towels are supplied. The quarters has 240v power and hot water. All beds have sheets, blankets, pillows, doonas and electric blankets for cold winter nights. Towels are provided.
  • Camping areas are nearby and there are facilities for a few caravans or camper trailers to access 240v power. This power is quite limited and not suitable for air conditioning, heating, cooking or other power-hungry uses.
  • All visitors share nearby toilets and showers.

Costs: (All costs are per person per day.) Quarters $37, Camping $12, Caravanning $12. Power for vans an extra $5 per day. Day visitors: $10

Bookings are essential whether for day visits or overnight stays. They can be made either by ringing 07 4655 1238 or . During the summer closure (November to February) bookings for the coming season can only be taken by email. Should no one answer the phone, leave a message and contact details and your call will be returned. Those who turn up without booking may be turned away, as accommodation is often booked to capacity, or the property may be closed for other reasons. All visitors to Bowra must accept AWC's conditions of entry.

Payment: There are no facilities to accept card payment so the only ways to pay are by cash, cheque or to pre-pay by direct transfer. If you prefer the direct transfer method then the details are:

  • Account name: Australian Wildlife Conservancy Cunnamulla,
  • Account #: 180094154,
  • Financial Institution: NAB,
  • BSB: 083028

If you pre-pay, either to the office, or else the keep a record of your payment and present it to the volunteers when you arrive.

Cunnamulla has almost everything you could need (food, refreshments, vehicle repairs etc) and is only 25 minutes away.

Maps and other information on getting about the property and suggested places to look for birds are supplied to all visitors.

All roads on the property are dirt and can be dusty in dry conditions and muddy and at times impassable when wet. 4WD vehicles have no difficulties getting about in dry times and most roads are accessible to normal vehicles although a few stony spots may cause problems. Take advice from the volunteers on site.

A Bird Call is held each evening and all are asked to contribute. The data collected at bird call is used as a record of bird populations there.

Volunteers (mostly from Birds Queensland) are on hand to manage bookings, assist visitors, wash the sheets etc and make beds. Should you be keen to spend four and a half weeks at Bowra doing the above, contact for details.

Remember BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL for all visitors.

For bookings or to contact the volunteers at Bowra, either:

  • select , or
  • phone 07 4655 1238 (No phone bookings November to February).

Commercial Tour Operators are required to supply additional information prior to the confirmation of their booking. The details will be supplied at the time of your enquiry.

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