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8.30am | Sunday 9 July 2023

BUSHELLS LAGOON and SWALLOWS REACH

Meeting place

Meet at the junction of Blacktown Road and Brewers Lane, Freemans Reach

Leader

Adrian Dick  |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Wetlands and forest

Grade

Bushells Lagoon: Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on wide bush track with gentle hill down to the lagoon.

Swallows Reach: Grade 2. Approx 2 km walking on a mainly flat bush track.

Facilities

Plenty of street parking near Bushells Lagoon.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Plenty of parking at Swallows Reach with toilets and some picnic tables.

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Map: Bushells Lagoon

8.30am | Saturday 22 July 2023

SECOND PONDS CREEK RESERVE, ROUSE HILL

Meeting place

Meet at Withers Rd at Second Ponds Creek, adjacent to the Rouse Hill Rural Fire brigade 

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Wetland and forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 6kms of walking on a gentle slope.

Facilities

Plenty of roadside parking.  Closest toilets are at the nearby Bunnings or Mitre 10.  No picnic tables.

8.30am |  Sunday 30 July 2023

ROYAL NP – WATTAMOLLA CLIFFS and BONNIE VALE (near Bundeena)

Meeting place

Meet at the P2 car park at Wattamolla.  The turnoff to Wattamolla is on the left, 10kms from Audley when coming from the north.  The car park is about 5km further on, accessed from a right hand turn as you go down the hill, before you get to the bottom carpark.  Entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass.  Note that there is no mobile reception at Wattamolla.
Second location is at Bonnie Vale picnic area, off Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena.

Leader

Greg McLaclan | 0405 578 967

Habitat

Heath, forest

Grade

Wattamolla Cliffs: Grade 2.  Mainly flat with a few steps and a gentle hill.  Approx 2 kms.  

Bonnie Vale: Grade 2.  Level walking on easy bush tracks.  Approx 3kms.

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Map: Wattamolla

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Map:  Fred Caterson

8.30am  | Wednesday 2 August 2023

FRED CATERSON RESERVE, CASTLE HILL

Meeting place

Enter Fred Caterson Reserve via Gilbert Rd, Castle Hill. Continue along Caterson Drive until you reach a car park at Fields 2 and 3. Do not turn left at any time. 

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3kms on bush paths, tracks and road with some uneven ground and gentle hills.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  No picnic tables but some seating near the oval.

9am |  Saturday 19 August 2023

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS, CROSSLANDS RESERVE, HORNSBY HEIGHTS

Meeting place

Crosslands Picnic Area, 441 Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

Grade 1. Approx. 2km. Mostly flat on paved paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets a few minutes walk away.  Some picnic tables.

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Map: Emu Green

8.30am |  Sunday 27 August 2023

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Meeting place

Meet at Emu Green Reserve, corner of Palomino Road and Russell Street, Emu Plains.  Decide where else to go on the day based on the status of the floods and nearby tracks.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen | 0438 989 422

Habitat

A mix of parkland, riverside and bush reserves

Grade

Grade 2. Generally flat on gravel paths or bush tracks with up to 4km walking at Emu Green.

8.30am | Wednesday 6 September 2023

BLUE GUM CREEK RESERVE, ANNANGROVE

Meeting place

End of O'Keefe Road, Annangrove

Leader

Paul Johnstone |  0434 350 409

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2km on flat bush trail.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  No toilets or picnic tables at the reserve, but morning tea wil be 15 mins away at Maralya Park where there are toilets and picnic tables.

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Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September 2023

WEEKEND AWAY - CANBERRA AREA

Meeting place

We will use the Alivio Tourist Park in O'Connor in Canberra as our base for the weekend.  Details to be provided closer to the event.  Bookings can be made by emailing Heather on outings@cboc.org.au.  Accommodation bookings can be made at any time.

Leader

Jeff Byron |  0408 869 228

Habitat

Bushland, wetlands

Grade

Grade 2 and 3

Facilities

TBC

8.30am  | Saturday 23 September 2023

ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT, HAWKESBURY AREA

Meeting place

Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns And Boundary Roads

Leader

Trevor Waller |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Open

Grade

Grade 1. No walking.  Birding from around cars.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  Only a couple of picnic tables.

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Map: Maraylya Park

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Map:  Wattle Forest

8.30am  | Wednesday 4 October 2023

WATTLE FOREST & LADY CARRINGTON DRIVE, ROYAL NP

Meeting place

Meet at Wattle Forest picnic area at Audley. Enter park at Audley end.  After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Turn right to cross the white wooden bridge, then turn left and continue to the end of this road to Wattle Forest. 
National Park entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen |  0438 989 422

Habitat

Rainforest and woodland

Grade

Wattle Forest: Grade 2.  Approx 2 kms walk with some uneven ground.
Lady Carrington Drive: Grade 2.  Approx 5 kms walk on a gravel track with some gentle inclines.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  There is a set of toilets as you go across the bridge and also at Wattle Forest.  Plenty of under-shelter picnic tables.
Lady Carrington Drive has plenty of parking and toilets are a short walk away and plenty of under-shelter picnic tables.

8.30am  | Sunday 8 October 2023

DHARAWAL NP and AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS, MT ANNAN

Meeting place

For Dharawal NP, meet at the carpark at the end of Victoria Rd, Wedderburn.  
For Mt Annan, meet near the Visitors Centre.  Parking is in the P3 carpark on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan.

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bushland, waterways and formal gardens

Grade

Dharawal NP: Grade 2.  Approx 5km on fairly flat firetrails.
Mt Annan: Short walks from cars on mainly formed pathways.

Facilities

Dharawal: Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby.  No picnic tables.
Mt Annan: Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby and a café.  Bring chairs.  

10am-2pm |  Sunday 15 October 2023

BBQ - SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK 

Details

Come along and join us for a BBQ lunch.  Sausages, bread rolls, eggs, tea, coffee, biscuits and juice will be provided.  Each person should bring their own cup, plate, thermos of hot water for their own tea/coffee.  When booking, please include any details of dietary requirements.  There will also be a short bird walk in the area.

Meeting place

Meet at the large shelter shed at Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park on Marjorie Jackson Parkway.   Parking is on either side of the road.  After parking, walk north along the path with the pond on your left, pass the toilets, and you’ll see the shelter shed up ahead.   

Leader

Pat Thorn  |  0414 248 941 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

Grade 1.  A short walk to the picnic area.

Facilities

Plenty of parking on Marjorie Jackson Parkway.  Toilets nearby.  There are picnic tables, but bring a chair in case there is not enough seating for everyone.  

8.30am  | Saturday 21 October 2023

AIR SERVICES SITE, SHANES PARK

Meeting place

Meet beside the canal in Resolution Ave, Willmot (about 100m from Captain Cook Drive).

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Open forest/woodland with clearings

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 5km on level bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of roadside parking.  No toilets nearby.  No picnic tables.

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Map:  Shanes Park

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Map: Pughs Lagoon

8.30am | Sunday 29 October 2023

RICHMOND LOWLANDS AND SURROUNDS

Meeting place

Meet at Pughs Lagoon, Smith Park, corner of Old Kurrajong Road and Francis Street, Richmond

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Pastureland

Grade

Grade 1. Approx 3 kms, mainly flat on paths or roadsides.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Pugh's lagoon with toilets and picnic tables nearby.  Depending on route taken after leaving the lagoon, toilets and facilities might not be nearby.  

8.30am  | Wednesday 1 November 2023

IRRAWONG RESERVE AND WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet near the end of Irrawong Rd, Warriewood.

Leader

Corinne Tomkinson | 0488 001 802

Habitat

Wetlands and forest

Grade

Grade 2.  Max 4km.  Mostly flat on gravel paths and boardwalks.  Some steps on Irrawong Reserve section.

Facilities

Warriewood Wetlands has parking, which can sometimes be busy.  Toilets at nearby Warriewood Square.  No picnic tables.

8.30am |  Saturday 25 November 2023

CUMBERLAND STATE FOREST

Meeting place

Meet in the car park near the Cumberland State Forest information centre, off Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills.

Leader

Peter Abraham | 0451 292 512

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 5km on tracks that are hilly in places and can be a bit slippery at times.

8.30am  | Sunday 3 December 2023

BOAT HARBOUR AND BOTANY BAY, KURNELL (Migratory waders)

Meeting place

Car park at Potter Point. Approaching Kurnell, turn right off Captain Cook Drive into Sir Joseph Banks Drive (Desalination Plant). Enter Botany Bay National Park at the end of Sir Joseph Banks Drive. Follow the road to the car park at the very end.
** Bring a scope if you have one that you can carry**

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Seashore, sand dunes

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3kms including some uneven and possibly slippery rocky surfaces.  It includes walking on sand dunes, and a climb to the beach.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Nearest toilets are a 10 minute drive away at Kamay NP near the visitors centre.

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Map:  Boat Harbour

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Map: Mitchell Park

8.30am |  Wednesday 6 December 2023

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Meeting place

Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park.  National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Corinne Tomkinson | 0488 001 802

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3.2km on bush tracks and fire trails with occasional gentle slopes.

8.30am |  Sunday 10 December 2023

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Meeting place

Meet at Emu Green Reserve, corner of Palomino Road and Russell Street, Emu Plains.  Decide where else to go on the day based on the status of the floods and nearby tracks.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen | 0438 989 422

Habitat

A mix of parkland, riverside and bush reserves

Grade

Grade 2. Generally flat on gravel paths or bush tracks with up to 4km walking at Emu Green.

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Location link

Map: Emu Green

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