March 30-April 2: Easter Camp Emmaville NSW
May 4-7: Myall Park Botanic Gardens, Myall Park Rd., Glenmorgan, Qld 4423

Future Camps

General information

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Little Friarbird © V. Jones

Birds Queensland also runs a number of camps during the year, mainly at rural locations requiring over-night camping, bunkhouses, caravans or like accommodation. This is particularly necessary since they tend to be located some hours of driving distance from Brisbane and often with fairly "rustic" living conditions. If required, Camp leaders should be contacted to determine whether part of the planned activities could be attended by other members prepared to do the necessary night or early morning driving to attend.

To cover the costs of running camps, and to finance the occasional gift to those who invite us to use their properties for camps, all members attending each camp are asked to donate a fee of $2 per camp. This is run on an honour system where we rely on people to place their $2 in the donation box. Thank you for supporting this scheme.

The details of some of the camps listed are yet to be confirmed, and additional camps may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the Leader for more precise directions. It is important to notify the leader to confirm your attendance, prior to the camp. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Beach Stone-curlew
© J. Sneddon

March 30-April 2: Easter Camp Emmaville NSW

Leaders: John and Sue Allison Mobile: 0428 529 089

Yes, we've been there before as early as last year but it is a peaceful place to spend Easter at this gem of a town, discovered in 2014 by Anne Braithwaite. There are many directions in which to go birding and best of all its not crowded. Sightings include turquoise parrots, spotted quail thrush, diamond fretail, musk and little lorikeets, well over 100+ species in all. Emmaville is 76km SW of Tenterfeld in the middle of a gem and tin mining area. We will be staying at the caravan park where prices are $15 per an unpowered site and $25 for a powered site for 2, and $5 per extra person. Powered sites are limited, so get in early to book. Unpowered sites are unlimited- telephone Donna on 02 6734 7240 to book and arrange payment. The camp will include visits toTorrington NP, Deepwater, Gulf Rd, Inverell Rd, Rangers Valley and other sites, and we will car-pool for these trips.

Directions: From Tenterfeld, travel south 52km to Deepwater, and through the town and across the bridge, turn right to Emmaville (Wellington Vale Rd). Travel 24km to Emmaville, and just before the pub(Club Hotel), turn left into O'Donnell St. Follow this street around to the left (Park St) toward the school and the swimming pool and the caravan park is on the right. The town has 2 pubs (beds available at both), petrol (if open),may be wise to fuel up at a bigger town, Donna's general store (limited goods) and reasonable phone coverage.

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May 4-7: Myall Park Botanic Gardens, Myall Park Rd., Glenmorgan, Qld 4423
Phone: 07 4665 6705 Email:

Leaders: Penny Ackland (Mobile 0427 720 975 or ; and
Helen Procter-Brown (Mobile 0427 486 211 or

Myall Park Botanic Garden is a 35 hectare property approximately 7km from Glenmorgan township – about 400km west of Brisbane. It is home to the Grevillea hybrids Robyn Gordon, Sandra Gordon, Merinda Gordon and Dorothy Gordon. It is one of Australia's oldest collections of arid and semi-arid native plants and consequently has an abundance of birdlife. There is a number of well-signed easy walks as well as a vehicular loop providing easy access to the bird hide and the far end of the property. The Garden has a gift shop, but does not have a canteen for food and drinks. Drinking water is available. The local hotel provides breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The Glenmorgan Store sells groceries, take-aways and a selection of other travellers' possible needs.

Accommodation on site:

Avochie Cottage: Sleeps 6 (1 double, 2 twin rooms).

The Quarters: Sleeps 10 (1 double with 2 singles, 1 twin and 4 single rooms).Each of these buildings is equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, electric stove, refrigerator, freplace, bathroom and toilet facilities. There is also a barbeque at the cottage. If required, linen is available for $5 (one off). We have been offered a flat rate of $20 per person per night.

Camping: both powered and unpowered, is available at $20 per night for up to 2 people. (Powered sites are limited so if this is what you want I suggest you get in early and/or be willing to share the outlet.) Whether you choose to camp or use the hard accommodation, the $5 entry to the gardens and walking trails is included in the fee.

Bookings: Please book direct with Myall Park, letting them know that you are with the Birds Queensland group so they know numbers and can apply our special discount rates. They would appreciate early booking – by the end of March please.

Payment: Please pay the Garden direct on arrival - EFTPOS, cash and cheques are accepted. If the Gallery is unattended, fees can be paid through the door. A receipt book and information is in a log box nearby.


Assuming that many/most people will be starting their journey in the Brisbane region, make your way to Toowoomba and thence to Dalby. Leave Dalby, on the Moonie Hwy (49) and follow this for 48 kilometres. Turn right onto Surat Developmental Rd (87) for 84 kilometres. Soon after going through Glenmorgan turn right onto Riverglen Road (3.9km) then left onto Myall Park Rd. It is well signposted and that road leads to our destination. This last bit is a gravel road but easily travelled in a 2WD sedan.

What to bring: Binos, camera, torch, chairs, insect repellant, warm clothing. Perhaps a spotlight for a night walk too.

Any questions? Please contact either Penny or Helen. Please also let one of us know if and when you intend attending this camp so we can make things run smoothly.

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2018
Month Location Leader Date
June Girraween NP Kevin Delahoy TBA
July Running Creek Stanmore Ann Nichols 13-15 July
August Grandchester (to be confirmed) Margaret Clark TBA (early August)
September Karara, West of Warwick Lorraine Welsh 29 Sept-1 Oct
October Sundown NP Ross & Thea Monks 19-21 Oct
November Kinbombi / Kilkivan region Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen 9-11 Nov

Note: Public holidays / long weekends 2018:
Easter – 30 March-2 April
Labour Day – 7 May
Queen's Birthday – 1 October

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