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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

  • 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.

Visitors are welcome to attend two outings prior to joining CBOC.  If an outing is nearly full, priority will be given to members.   

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

BOOKINGS REQUIRED for 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 and a confirmation will be sent confirming your place on the outing.

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Wednesday 4 October 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

WATTLE FOREST & LADY CARRINGTON DRIVE, ROYAL NP

Meeting place

Meet at Lady Carrington Drive picnic area at Audley. Enter park at Audley end. After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Pass the white wooden bridge on the right but continue straight ahead and follow the signs to Lady Carrington drive.  Park near the shelter shed.  
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 km walk with some uneven ground.
Lady Carrington Drive: Grade 2.  Approx 5 km 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.

Sunday 8 October 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (nearly full)

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 5 km 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.  

Sunday 15 October 2023 | 10am-2pm (open for booking)

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.  More details will be provided to attendees in due course.

Meeting place

Meet at the Tree Frog Pavilion 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, turn right and you’ll see the shelter shed up ahead.

Leader

Coralie Turner-Morris  |  0408 510 525 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

Grade 1.  A short walk to the picnic area.

Facilities

Toilets nearby.  There are picnic tables, but bring a chair in case there is not enough seating for everyone. 

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

WIANAMATTA REGIONAL PARK and CASTLEREAGH WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet opposite #46 Callistemon Court, Jordan Springs.  

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Open forest, woodland and wetlands

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 5 km on level bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of roadside parking.  Nearest toilets are at Livvi's Place playground off Montague Drive.  No picnic tables.

Sunday 29 October 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

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 km, 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.  

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

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 4 km.  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.

Saturday 25 November 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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

Sunday 3 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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 3 km 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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Location link

Map:  Boat Harbour

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Location link

Map: Davidson Park

Wednesday 6 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

DAVIDSON PARK, ROSEVILLE

Meeting place

Meet at Davidson Park picnic area at Roseville.   Entry to Davidson Park is from the south-bound lane of Warringah Rd only.  If coming north across Roseville Bridge, it is best to go right to the top of the hill, turn left into Arthur St, turn around somewhere safe, and then turn right at the Arthur/Woodland St lights back onto Warringah Rd to head back down the hill.  Turn left just before Roseville Bridge, following the sign to the boat ramp.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right and follow the road around as far as it goes, stopping at the toilet on the way if necessary.  National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland, river foreshore

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on wide bush track.

Saturday 10 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

LAUGHTONDALE GULLY and WISEMANS FERRY

Meeting place

Meet at the corner of Laughtondale Gully Rd and Old Northern Rd, Maroota.

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Sandstone woodland, parkland and rainforest

Grade

Grade 2. Approx 3 km walking on tracks with uneven surfaces and gentle uphill sections and some steps.

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Location link: TBC

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2024 (bookings closed)

WEEKEND AWAY - JERVIS BAY AREA

Meeting place

We are holding the first weekend away for 2024  in the Jervis Bay area.  This outing is now closed for booking.

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

Facilities

TBC

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March 2024 (open for booking)

WEEKEND AWAY - JERVIS BAY AREA #2

Meeting place

Due to overwhelming demand, we are holding a second Jervis Bay weekend away in March 2024.  This weekend is now open for booking and we have some accommodation reserved.  Contact Heather for details.  

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

Facilities

TBC

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Location link: TBC

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2024
 

Weekend away - Mudgee area probably

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