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.  Proof of COVID-19 double vaccination will also be required.  

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  | Saturday 22 January 2022 - morning only (full - waiting list open)

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 3kms on wide bush track.

8.30am |  Sunday 30 January 2022 (open for booking)

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.

8.30am  | Wednesday 2 February 2022 (open for booking)

WORLD WETLANDS DAY: SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK WATERBIRD REFUGE, NARAWANG WETLANDS AND MASON PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the south east end of the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre carpark on Bennelong Parkway.

Leader

Cathy Goswell |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Wetlands, parkland, and woodland 

Grade

SOP: Grade 2.  Depending on the sites, up to 3km of relatively flat walking.
Mason Park: Grade 1.  Approx 1km on flat pathway.

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Location link

TBC

9am |  Sunday 13 February 2022 (open for booking)

 CENTRAL COAST WETLANDS (PIONEER DAIRY) and CHITTAWAY BAY

Meeting place

Pioneer Dairy parking area, 1897 South Tacoma Rd.  Veer left off the Pacific Hwy near the Hyundai dealer before the Wyong River bridge, then follow this around to South Tacoma Rd.  After passing under the railway line, the turnoff is on the right.

Leader

Pat Thorn | 0414 248 941

Habitat

Wetlands

Grade

Grade 1 or 2 easy walks, depending on tracks chosen.

8.30am  | Saturday 19 February 2022 (open for booking)

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.

8.30am |  Sunday 27 February 2022 (open for booking)

MITCHELL PARK AND CATTAI NP

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

Adrian Dick | 0451 825 403

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

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

8.30am  |  Wednesday 2 March 2022 (open for booking)

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

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree  |  0419 432 720

Habitat

Sandstone country

Grade

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

9am | Saturday 19 March 2022

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.

8.30am | Sunday 27 March 2022

FLOYD BAY and MIRRAMBEENA

Meeting place

Meet at the end of Hollywood Drive, Lansvale.

Leader

Peter Abraham  |  0451 292 512

Habitat

Parkland, wetlands

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 6km on mainly flat easy concrete paths.

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Location link

Map: Floyd Bay

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Location link

Map: TBC

7am | Saturday 2 April 2022 (COVID-19 permitting)

BUS TRIP: MEGALONG VALLEY

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Pat Thorn  |  0414 248 941

Habitat

TBC

Grade

TBC

8.30am | Wednesday 6 April 2022

FIELD OF MARS, SUGARLOAF POINT and BORONIA PARK

Meeting place

Meet at Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Rd, East Ryde

Leader

Cathy Goswell  |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Forest, mangrove

Grade

Field of Mars: Grade 1. Approx 0.6km Boardwalk loop. 
Sugar Loaf Point: Grade 3. Approx 3 km on bush tracks with short steep hill sections, some rough surfaces and a few steps.

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Location link

Map: Field of Mars

8.30am | Saturday 23 April 2022

"WIVENHOE" PRIVATE PROERTY AT COBBITTY

Meeting place

Wivenhoe (Mater Dei Road) off Macquarie Grove Road, Cobbitty. Parking details to be provided.  Basic toilet facilities available.

Leader

Peter Ridgeway | 0401 481 037

Habitat

Woodland, grassland and riverflats.

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3km on fire trail with occasional small stones, and some gentle hills.  No steps.

8.30am | Sunday 1 May 2022

Air Services site, Shanes Park

8.30am | Wednesday 4 May 2022
 

Centennial Park

8.30am | Saturday 21 May 2022

Nurragingy Reserve, Western Sydney Parklands

8.30am | Sunday 29 May 2022
 

Royal National Park – Wattamolla Cliffs and Bonnie Vale (near Bundeena)

8.30am | Wednesday 1 June 2022

Australian Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan

8.30am | Saturday 25 June 2022
 

Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra and Centennial Park