2017May 5-7 - Karara, West Of Warwick
July 21-23 - Rocky Creek Scout Camp at Landsborough
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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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Leader: Lorraine Welsh T: 07 4667 4163 Email: E:
This popular camp at Karara will be on the weekend of 5-7 May. Areas of interest that may be visited include Durikai State Forest and Coolmunda Dam. Some of the specialties of the area are black-chinned honeyeaters, yellow-tufted honeyeaters, white-winged fairy-wrens, diamond firetails, turquoise parrots, blue bonnets, squatter pigeons and southern whitefaces.
Camping will be at Karara Sports Ground. There are powered sites, hot showers, flush toilets and a covered cooking area. There is also a hall and people may put their sleeping bags on the floor here, if they do not wish to camp or put up a tent. Camping fees are $8 per person per night - please pay Lorraine on arrival. Please bring drinking water, although rain water is available. The local Karara Hotel is under new management, anyone who wishes to stay in one of their rooms should contact them direct (07) 4667 4141. The hotel may offer a bulk meal for the group, but this will be confirmed in due course. Please confirm with Lorraine if you are interested in participating in a group meal.
Directions: Access is between Canal Creek Bridge and railway line on the Toowoomba Road, follow the signs. From Warwick, travel the Cunningham Highway towards Inglewood for approximately 54 km. Turn right at the Toowoomba road at the Karara Hotel. After crossing the railway line proceed approximately 50 metres and turn right to the sports ground. From Toowoomba take Route 48 through Leyburn. After approximately 24 km turn left into the sports ground, before the railway crossing.
Please contact Lorraine Welsh if you have any questions or require further information.
BQ last ran a camp here in December 2012 and is worth a revisit. The Scout Camp is just 2.5 km from Landsborough and is sited on 120 acres, 100 under conservation. There are a number of walking tracks on the property. We will also be visiting some nearby sites which will require some car pooling.
The 'Paroo' camping area has powered and unpowered sites and plenty of space for tents. The actual building has 'bunk beds' in shared rooms which can be booked, however, you need to provide your own linen. There are full kitchen facilities, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, stove, bring your own crockery and cutlery. The undercover area has tables and chairs and is ideal for a winter camp or inclement weather. The amenities block has hot showers and flush toilets.
Cost: Powered sites are $16 per site and Un-powered $12 per site per night. Anyone wanting to share a bunk room and bunk bed, the cost is $9 per person per night. Camp fees will be collected at the camp by a BQ delegate, so ensure you have cash please. Where possible contact the camp leader to let them know you will be attending.
Directions: From Brisbane, turn off the Bruce Hwy onto the Steve Irwin Way at the Beerwah/Australia Zoo exit. Follow this road north to the Landsborough turnoff. Turn left, off the Steve Irwin Way at Landsborough and cross over the railway line, follow Maleny Road until roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout into Gympie Street South and follow this road for 2.5 km. The Camp site is on the left just after crossing a creek.
Birds Queensland future campouts for 2017
|August||Pottsville, Northern NSW||John & Sue Allison||18-20 Aug|
|September||Elanda Point, Sunshine Coast||Raymond & Denise Downham||8-10 Sep (Provisional)|
|November||Goomburra, Main Range National Park||Margaret Clarke|