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 20 August 2022 (open for booking)

WIANAMATTA REGIONAL PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the car park just inside the gates off Mainwaring St, Ropes Crossing.

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Ironbark Woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2 kms on flat bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of parking just inside the gate.  There are toilets and picnic tables in two sections of the park.

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2022 (open for booking via email to Jeff)

WEEKEND AWAY - COWRA AREA

Meeting place

Jeff will confirm closer to the date

Leader

Jeff Byron

Habitat

Open woodland

Grade

Mainly Grade 2

Facilities

We will ensure that we stop at places with suitable parking and toilet facilities.

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Location link

Map: Maraylya Park

8.30am  | Wednesday 7 September 2022 (open for booking)

CHILTERN TRAIL and WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet at start of Chiltern Trail near the end of Chiltern Rd, Ingleside.  

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland and Wetlands

Grade

Chiltern Trail: Grade 3, approx 2kms return on a fire trail.
Warriewood: 
Grade 2.  Max 4km.  Mostly flat on gravel paths and boardwalks.  Some steps on Irrawong Reserve section.

Facilities

Parking on the side of the road near Chiltern Trail.  No toilets or picnic tables.
Warriewood Wetlands has parking, which can sometimes be busy.  Toilets at nearby Warriewood Square.  No picnic tables.

8.30am | Saturday 24 September 2022 (open for booking)

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.

8.30am | Sunday 2 October 2022 (open for booking)

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  | Wednesday 5 October 2022 (open for booking)

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.

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Location link TBC

9am | Saturday 22 October 2022 (open for booking)

MEGALONG VALLEY (SELF-DRIVE)

Meeting place

TBC.   Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this planned bus trip has been changed to self-drive.  More details to be provided closer to the date.

Leader

Pat Thorn |  0414 248 941

Habitat

TBC

Grade

TBC

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

LANDING LIGHTS, RIVERINE PARK

Meeting place

Car park off West Botany Street, Arncliffe 

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Wetland, mangroves, reed beds, parkland

Grade

Grade 2.   Approx 3kms on mainly flat paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets at the nearby golf driving range.  No picnic tables.

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

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.

9.00am | Saturday 12 November 2022
 

Beginners/New Members, Crosslands Reserve

8.30am | Saturday 19 November 2022
 

Capertee Valley

8.30am | Sunday 27 November 2022
 

Boat Harbour and Botany Bay, Kurnell

8.30am | Saturday 3 December 2022
 

Mitchell Park and Pitt Town Lagoon

8.30am | Wednesday 7 December 2022
 

Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill