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 | Wednesday 6 July 2022 (cancelled due to the wet weather)

MULGOA NR and NEPEAN WEIR

Meeting place

Meet at corner of Dillwynia Drive and Cormorant Cres, Glenmore Park.

Leader

Carol and Peter Abbott

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.

Facilities

Limited street parking at Mulgoa NR.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Plenty of parking at north end of Nepean Weir.  No toilets or picnic tables at that end.  We generally stop en-route for toilets.

8.30am  | Saturday 23 July 2022 (fully booked - waiting list open)

ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT, HAWKESBURY AREA

Meeting place

Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns And Boundary Roads

Leader

Trevor Waller |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Open

Grade

Grade 1. No walking.  Birding from around cars.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  Only a couple of picnic tables.

8.30am | Sunday 31 July 2022 (open for booking)

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

Facilities

Plenty of parking and toilets nearby.   Picnic tables near the carpark.

8.30am |  Wednesday 3 August 2022 (open for booking)

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 | 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

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.

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Location link

Map: Bushells Lagoon

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Location link

Map: Bobbin Head

8.30am | Sunday 2 October 2022

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 | Sat 22 October 2022

Bus Trip or self-drive - location TBC

8.30am | Sunday 30 October 2022
 

Landing Lights - Riverine Park

8.30am | Wednesday 2 November 2022
 

Blue Gum Creek Reserve, Annangrove

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

8.30am  | Wednesday 5 October 2022

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

Map:  Wattle Forest