December 7-9: Yarraman Region - Christmas Camp


April 19-22: Miles Region

Future Camps

General information

image - Little Friarbird
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

December 7-9: Yarraman Region - Christmas Camp

Leaders: John Walton and Janette Thurley Mobile: 0419 839 503

The Yarraman Caravan Park is a 2.5 hour drive 170km north-west of Brisbane and has facilities for a Christmas Camp. Yarraman Caravan Park 12121 D'Aguilar Highway, Yarraman. Ph 07 41638185 or (

The Yarraman State Forest is adjacent to the caravan park and the Black Breasted Buttonquail is regularly sighted there. There are several walks in the area and BOPPAS provided a bird list which includes their sightings of 133 species in April.

We will qualify for the 15% club discount and use of the 'Club Room' which is well set up for group meetings and meals.

Book directly with the park indicating that you are with Birds Qld. Accommodation includes powered and unpowered sites; private ensuite sites; and standard to deluxe cabins. The park operators will prepare maps and attractions package on arrival.

We will have the traditional shared Saturday evening meal so if you are attending, please . The Secret Santa tradition will continue, so if you wish to participate in this bit of fun please provide an anonymous gift of $10-$15 value for the Santa bag. Helen Procter-Brown and Penny Ackland are again organising the "Bird Quiz".

Preliminary Program starts at 3pm Friday 7th Dec with a drive to local spots around town; 7am Saturday 8th Dec we will drive around Pidna State Forest and National Park (bring morning tea and lunch); 6.00 am Sunday 9th Dec walk/drive adjacent Yarraman State Forrest (Morning tea at Rogers Park) and optional Sunday afternoon walk/drive for those staying Sunday night. All roads are suitable for 2WD.

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April 19-22, 2019: Miles Region

Organisers: Anne Nicholls, Janette Thurley & John Walton Mobile: 0419 839 503

Easter Camp 19-22 April 2019.

The first Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society) camp was an Easter Camp held with the Chinchilla Field Nats in the Miles-Condamine area in 1970. As part of the Birds Queensland 50th anniversary celebrations we are planning the 2019 Easter Camp at Possum Park just outside Miles. The property "Rockwood" where the first camp was held is now part of the AGL gas fields, however we will be attempting to get AGL approval for a bird walk on the "Rockwood" property.

Possum Park is a 350 acre property with a wonderful range of accommodation from cabins, military bunkers, igloos and train carriages as well as powered and un-powered sites. We will have a camp kitchen, plenty of cover for social gatherings and a large open fire pit. Over 140 bird species have been sighted on this property.

Accommodation: camping (tent & vans) including some ensuite sites, cabins, bunkers and rail carriages. Cabins, bunkers and rail carriages are $100/night for 2 people ($20/extra person).

Book your accommodation as early as possible as this can be a very popular Easter get away and mention that you are with Birds Qld. Phone/Fax Julie and David Hinds on (07) 46271651.

There will be various leaders for the bird walks over the weekend. We are currently developing the weekend program which will be available early in the New Year and welcome any suggestions in the meantime.

with any suggestions or advice.

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2019
Month Location Leader Date
February Crow's Nest Marion Beeby TBA
March Inskip Point Mike West TBA
August Lake MacDonald Denise & Raymond Downham TBA
September TBA Margaret Clark Before 21st Sept

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