Information for those considering visiting Bowra
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. Don’t drive this road if it’s wet before ringing to inquire if the road is passable.
There are two levels of built accommodation at Bowra. A small self-contained cottage, which accommodates four and the shearers’ quarters which accommodates ten in six one or two bed rooms. Here cooking facilities are shared. Toilets and showers are nearby.
Both buildings have 240v power and hot water. Both have a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, cooking pots and utensils, crockery and cutlery. Detergents and tea towels are supplied.
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.
Costs. (All costs are per person per day.) Cottage $47 (minimum of $94 per day), Quarters $37, Camping $12, Caravanning $12. Power for vans an extra $5 per day.
Cunnamulla has almost everything (food, refreshments, vehicle repairs etc) you could need 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.
Bookings are essential and can be made by ringing 07 4655 1238. Should no one answer leave a message and contact and your call will be returned. Those who turn up with out booking may be turned away.
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 the account name: Australian Wildlife Conservancy Cunnamulla, Account #: 180094154, Financial Institution: NAB, BSB: 083028
If you pre-pay, keep a record of your payment and present it to the volunteers when you arrive.
All roads on the property are dirt and can be dusty in dry conditions and muddy and at times impassblle 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, for details.
Bowra volunteers can be .
Remember BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.
Bowra’s Phone 07 4655 1238.