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.

Important COVID-19 information - BOOKINGS REQUIRED 

Due to COVID-19, bookings are required for all outings.  Please do not just turn up at an outing.  Outings may be cancelled at short notice.  An email will be sent to members when outings are open for bookings.

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MINI-OUTINGS for some LGAs

Details

For some LGAs, where there are suitable outing locations and a number of members that regularly attend outings, we have organising weekly self-led outings for up to 5 people.  This will apply for members that are fully vaccinated.  The outings will be within the LGA.  If there are more than 5 people wanting to attend, we will either choose different locations or stagger the start times.  Masks are compulsory until you are exercising (i.e. walking).   

LGAs involved

Northern Beaches, Ku-Ring-Gai, Hornsby, Ryde and the Hills District.

Grade

A variety of Grade 2 or 3 walks that do not have any difficult sections.

Contact

If you have not already been contacted about this and are interested in participating, then please email us on outings@cboc.org.au.  Note that the details may change as COVIID-19 restrictions and the status of LGAs are updated.

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am TBC |  Saturday 23 October 2021 (bookings now open)

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS, CROSSLANDS RESERVE, HORNSBY HEIGHTS

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

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

am  TBC |  Wednesday 27 October 2021 (bookings now open)

WESTLEIGH PARK & BLUE GUM FOREST

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Liz Noble  |  0433 035 551

Habitat

Tall Forest

Grade

Westleigh Park: Grade 2.  A 1km flat walk on a fire trail and dirt track through grassland above the Blue Gum forest.
Blue Gum Forest:  Grade 2.  A 1.5km walk on a  fire trail and bush track through tall forest. Mostly flat with one gentle hill section.

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am TBC |  Sunday 31 October 2021 (bookings now open)

CHILTERN TRAIL (part) & WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Gabrielle Rees  |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Chiltern Trail: Grade 3, approx 2kms return on a fire trail.

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

am TBC | Wednesday 3 November 2021 (bookings now open)

NARRABEEN LAGOON & LONG REEF 

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Heather Pearce  |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland and rock platform

Grade

Narrabeen Lagoon: Grade 2.  Approx 4kms of flat, easy walking on gravel path.
Long Reef: Grade 3.  Approx 2 kms walk to lookout up a short steep hill on concrete path. Gravel path with steps down to slippery rock platform where you may get wet feet.

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am TBC | Sunday 7 November 2021 (bookings now open)

MULGOA NR & NEPEAN WEIR

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Pat Thorn  |  0414 248 941

Habitat

Bushland and river

Grade

Grade 2. Mostly level walking on wide paths. Some small inclines at Mulgoa NR. Approx. 1.5-2km walk at Mulgoa, approx. 600m walk at Nepean Weir.

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 November 2021 (fully booked)

WEEKEND AWAY - GLOUCESTER AREA

Meeting place

Our base will be at the Gloucester Holiday (caravan) Park.

Contact Jeff Byron for more information or to go onto the waiting list.

Leader

Jeff Byron  |  Jeff_m_byron@yahoo.com.au

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

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am TBC | Saturday 20 November 2021

SWALLOWS REACH, CHAIN OF PONDS & BUSHELLS LAGOON

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Edwin Vella  |  0402 067 619

Habitat

Wetlands and forest

Grade

Swallows Reach: Grade 2. Approx 2 km walking on a mainly flat bush track.
Chain of Ponds:  Grade 2. Approx 2 km on a mainly flat bush track.
Bushells Lagoon: Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on wide bush track with gentle hill down to the lagoon.

am TBC  | Wednesday 24 November (rescheduled date)

RICHMOND LOWLANDS AND SURROUNDS

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Cathy Goswell |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Pastureland

Grade

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

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am TBC |  Sunday 28 November 2021 (rescheduled date)

AIR SERVICES SITE, SHANES PARK

Meeting place

TBC

Leader

Edwin Vella  |  0402 067 619

Habitat

Open forest/woodland with clearings

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 5km on level bush tracks.

am TBC | Wednesday 1 December 2021

Rookwood Cemetery and Sydney Olympic Park

am TBC | Saturday 4 December 2021

Agnes Banks, Castlereagh & Wianamatta NRs

am TBC |  Wednesday 8 December 2021
(rescheduled date)

Wattle Forest, Royal NP 

am TBC |  Sunday 12 December 2021

Second Ponds Creek, Scheyville, Pitt Town

am TBC | Sunday 9 January 2022
(rescheduled date)

Laughtondale Gully and Wisemans Ferry

am TBC | Saturday 19 February 2022
(rescheduled date)

West Head