OUR OUTINGS

Outings are a great way to enjoy birdwatching, to learn about the birds and to meet new friends.  We have a range of outings including:

  • Weekend outings on either Saturday or Sunday

  • Mid-week outings on Wednesday

  • Outings for young birdwatchers - click  Nestlings  for details

  • Bus trips to areas within a few hours drive of Sydney

  • Weekends away to prime birding locations

  • Opportunities to participate in bird surveys and other events

We have at least 3 outings per month.   The outings are informal and cater for birdwatchers of all experience levels.  Helpful, friendly advice is always available on all aspects of birding.

 

It is usual to see about 50 species of birds on an outing.  On very good days, 75 species or more can be seen or heard, but there are no guarantees! 

 

Visitors are welcome to attend two outings prior to joining CBOC.   

For more information, click the links below, or email the Activities Officer on outings@cboc.org.au.

BOOKINGS REQUIRED for all outings

In 2022 we will continue to require members and visitors to book on all outings.  Outings will be limited to 25 people so that the group is not too large for effective birding, but may sometimes have a lower limit based on the outing location.

An email will be sent to members when outings are open for booking.

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8.30am  | Wednesday 4 January 2023

SYDNEY PARK, ST PETERS AND TEMPE LANDS (morning only)

Meeting place

Meet at the carpark in Barwon Park Rd, which is next to the tall chimneys.

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bush, parklands and wetlands

Grade

Sydney Park: Grade 1.  Approx 3-5km easy walking along footpaths, grass and elevated wetland walkway.
Tempe Lands: Grade 2.  Approx 2km loop on dirt track.

Facilities

Sydney Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets and coffee cart nearby.  Need to bring chairs.

Tempe Lands: No toilets or facilities, but parks with toilets nearby.

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Location link

Map:  Sydney Park

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Location link

Map: Bobbin Head

8.30am | Saturday 21 January 2023

BOBBIN HEAD, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP

Meeting place

Meet on the western side of the bridge at Bobbin Head picnic area, near the start of the Gibberagong boardwalk

Leader

Daniel McDonald |  0404 374 362

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3km on bush tracks with some slightly steeper sections including steps.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  Some picnic tables, including some undercover.

8.30am  | Sunday 29 January 2023

DEEP CREEK, NARRABEEN (morning only)

Meeting place

Meet at Deep Creek Reserve, off Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen.  If coming from the south, the turnoff is immediately on the left after crossing the Deep Creek bridge.  

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3km walking on narrow, largely flat track, with steps to the bridge going over the creek.

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Location link

Map: Deep Creek

7am and 9am | Wednesday 1 February 2023

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY and SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK (World Wetlands Day 2 Feb)

Meeting place

Meet towards the end of William Dr, Rookwood Cemetery. Enter via East St, Lidcombe. Second start location at 9am near the Waterview Café at Lake Belvedere, Bicentennial Park, Homebush off Australia Ave.

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Woodland, parkland, wetlands

Grade

Rookwood Cemetery: Grade 1.  Approx 2kms of flat walking.
Sydney Olympic Park: Grade 1. Approx. 2km walking mainly on flat paths. 

Facilities

Rookwood: Plenty of parking beside road.  No toilets in the area that we are going but there are toilets near St Michael's chapel. 
Sydney Olympic Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets available.  Some picnic tables depending on location.

7am |  Sunday 19 February 2023 (open for expressions of interest by 4 Jan)

BUS TRIP: CENTRAL COAST WETLANDS (PIONEER DAIRY) and CANTON BEACH

Meeting place

Meeting Place TBC, but probably Castle Hill.
Cost: $40 for members, $50 for Visitors
Register your interest in attending this bus trip by 4 January.
It will be confirmed in the January members’ update if the bus trip will proceed.  If so, payment will be required by EFT or cheque by 4 February. 

If there are insufficient numbers to justify a bus trip, it will be converted to a self-drive.

Leader

Cathy Goswell | 0418 865 421

Habitat

Wetlands and coastal habitat

Grade

TBC

Facilities

TBC

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Location link

TBC

9am | Saturday 25 February 2023 (Max 15 attendees)

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS,

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Meeting place

Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere.

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Wetlands, parkland, and woodland 

Grade

Grade 1.  Approx. 2km walking mainly on flat paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Bicentennial Park near the café, though it can get busy on the weekends.  Be aware that is a one-way road.  Toilets at the Waterview Café.  Not many picnic tables.

8.30am  |  Wednesday 1 March 2023

WEST HEAD, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP

Meeting place

Meet at the lookout at the end of West Head Road. National Park entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass

Leader

Lindsay Sherman  |  0418 624 905

Habitat

Sandstone country

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3km of mostly flat walking on tracks and fire trails.

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Location link

Map: West Head

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Location link

Map: CLC Wallaroo

8.30am  | Sunday 5 March 2023

CUMBERLAND LAND CONSERVANCY: WALLAROO & WOMBAT SITES, MULGOA

Meeting place

Meet at the entrance to the property, which is accessed from the turnoff to the Penrith Landfill Depot.  This is just south of the Nepean Christian School.  Once you turn off Mulgoa Rd, parking is immediately on the left opposite the gate on the right.  If the gate is open, drive in and park on the left near the shed.

Leader

Mark Fuller |  0424 440 140

Habitat

Open forest/woodland with clearings and small dams.

Grade

Wallaroo: Grade 2.  Approx 3kms of relatively flat walking with some gentle hills.
Wombat: Grade 3.  Approx 1 km with some steep hills.

Friday 10 to Sunday 12 March 2023 (open for booking)

WEEKEND AWAY - LAURIETON AREA

Meeting place

We will use the Reflections and Jacaranda caravan parks at North Haven (which are close to each other) 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

Heather Pearce  |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various habitats

Grade

Various but mainly Grade 2.

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Location link

TBC

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Location link

Map: Scheyville NP

8.30am |  Saturday 25 March 2023

SCHEYVILLE NP

Meeting place

Meet at Scheyville National Park Headquarters carpark.  Vehicle access is from Scheyville Rd (not from Old Pitt Town Rd, despite what the GPS tries to tell you).  

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Morning walk of approx. 2.7km loop on wide, mown tracks that are mostly flat with some gentle hills.  Decide what else to do on the day.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby at the back of the headquarters (follow the signs).  

Only a few picnic tables with not much shade.

8.30am |  Sunday 2 April 2023

CASTLEREAGH and WINDSOR DOWNS NRs

Meeting place

Meet opposite the Northern Auto Wreckers, 557 The Northern Rd, Londonderry. The closest toilets are at McDonalds at 1-21 Cranebrook Rd.

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2kms at each site on bush tracks and trails.

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Location link

Map: Castlereagh NR

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Location link

Map: Mitchell Park

8.30am |  Wednesday 5 April 2023

MITCHELL PARK

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 |  Saturday 22 April 2023

EMU GREEN

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

8.30am | Sunday 30 April 2023
 

TBC

8.30am | Wednesday 3 May 2023

TBC

8.30am | Saturday 20 May 2023
 

Nurragingy Reserve, Western Sydney Parklands

8.30am | Sunday 28 May 2023

Mill Creek Picnic area and Devines Hill walk, Dharug NP

8.30am | Wednesday 7 June 2023
 

Australian Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan

8.30am | Saturday 24 June 2023

Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra & Centennial Park

8.30am | Wednesday 5 July 2023
 

Centennial Park

8.30am | Sunday 9 July 2023

Bushells Lagoon and Swallows Reach, Ebenezer

8.30am | Saturday 22 July 2023
 

Second Ponds Creek Reserve, Rouse Hill

8.30am | Sunday 30 July 2023

TBC

8.30am | Wednesday 2 August 2023
 

Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill

8.30am | Saturday 19 August 2023

Beginners and New Members, Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights

8.30am | Sunday 27 August 2023
 

Dharawal NP & Australian Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan

8.30am | Wednesday 6 September 2023

TBC

Friday 8 September to Sunday 10 September 2023
 

Weekend Away - Jervis Bay area

8.30am | Saturday 23 September 2023
 

Annual Raptor Count, Hawkesbury area

8.30am | Wednesday 4 October 2023
 

Wattle Forest & Lady Carrington Drive, Royal NP

8.30am | Sunday 8 October 2023
 

TBC

8.30am | Sunday 15 October 2023
 

BBQ - Sydney Olympic Park

8.30am | Saturday 21 October 2023
 

Air Services site, Shanes Park

8.30am | Sunday 29 October 2023
 

Richmond Lowlands and surrounds

8.30am | Wednesday 1 November 2023
 

Irrawong Reserve and Warriewood Wetlands

8.30am | Saturday 25 November 2023
 

TBC

8.30am | Sunday 3 December 2023
 

TBC

8.30am | Wednesday 6 December 2023
 

TBC

8.30am | Sunday 10 December 2023
 

TBC