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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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Saturday 24 February 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start (open for booking)

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 2 km walking mainly on flat paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Bicentennial Park near the café, though it can get busy on the weekends.  Be aware that is a one-way road.  Toilets at the Waterview Café.  Not many picnic tables.

Sunday 3 March 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

NURRAGINGY RESERVE, WESTERN SYDNEY PARKLANDS

Meeting place

Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside. 

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on level bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets at the Colebee Centre.  Some picnic tables near the centre, but these are often being used.

Wednesday 6 March 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (nearly full)

NARRABEEN LAGOON

Meeting place

Meet at 8.30am at James Wheeler Parade, Wheeler Heights.  Once you turn into James Wheeler Pde, go down the hill and around the corner and park anywhere on the left.   It is likely that you will need to carry morning tea with you.

Leader

Lindsay Sherman | 0418 624 905

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 4kms of flat, easy walking on gravel path.

Facilities

There are no toilets at James Wheeler Parade; the closest are at nearby St Matthews Farm Reserve.  There are toilets at Jamieson Park, which is usually where we have morning tea.
Only one picnic table at James Wheeler Pde but more tables at Jamieson Park.

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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 (bookings closed)

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

Wednesday 3 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

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 7 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (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 3 km of relatively flat walking with some gentle hills.
Wombat: Grade 3.  Approx 1 km with some steep hills.

Facilities

Plenty of parking. Toilets available.  No picnic tables.

Sunday 14 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (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 2 km 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.

Saturday 20 April 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start (open for booking)

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS, CROSSLANDS RESERVE, HORNSBY HEIGHTS

Meeting place

Crosslands Picnic Area, 441 Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights.  Please note that some GPSs try to take you to the western side of the creek so it is best to put Somerville Road into the GPS.  It is a steep hill down to the reserve at the end of the road.

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

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

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets a few minutes walk away.  Some picnic tables.

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Location link

Map: Mt Annan

Wednesday 1 May 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS,

MT ANNAN

Meeting place

Meet near the Visitors Centre.  Parking is in the P3 carpark on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan.

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Grassland, lakes and forest

Grade

Grade 1.  Approx 3 km flat walking.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets near carpark.  No picnic tables near the carpark.

Sunday 5 May 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

ROYAL NP – WATTAMOLLA CLIFFS and BONNIE VALE (near Bundeena)

Meeting place

Meet at the P2 car park at Wattamolla.  The turnoff to Wattamolla is on the left, 10kms from Audley when coming from the north.  The car park is about 5km further on, accessed from a right hand turn as you go down the hill, before you get to the bottom carpark.  Entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass.  Note that there is no mobile reception at Wattamolla.
Second location is at Bonnie Vale picnic area, off Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena.

Leader

Greg McLachlan | 0405 578 967

Habitat

Heath, forest

Grade

Wattamolla Cliffs: Grade 2.  Mainly flat with a few steps and a gentle hill.  Approx 2 kms.  

Bonnie Vale: Grade 2.  Level walking on easy bush tracks.  Approx 3 km.

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Location link

Map: Wattamolla

Sunday 19 May 2024 | 7am and 9am starts (arrive 10 mins prior)

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY and SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Meeting place

Meet towards the end of William Dr, Rookwood Cemetery. Enter via East St, Lidcombe. Second start location at 9am near the Waterview Café at Lake Belvedere, Bicentennial Park, Homebush off Australia Ave.

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Woodland, parkland, wetlands

Grade

Rookwood Cemetery: Grade 1.  Approx 2 km of flat walking.
Sydney Olympic Park: Grade 1. Approx. 2 km walking mainly on flat paths. 

Facilities

Rookwood: Plenty of parking beside road.  No toilets in the area that we are going but there are toilets near St Michael's chapel. 
Sydney Olympic Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets available.  Some picnic tables depending on location.

Sunday 25 May 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

WIANAMATTA REGIONAL PARK, ROPES CROSSING section

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 km on flat bush tracks.

Facilities

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

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Location link

Map: Wianamatta

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Location link: TBC

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2024 (Mudgee B6) (open for booking)
Friday 13 to Sunday 14 September 2024 (Mudgee A13) (waiting list open)

WEEKENDS AWAY - MUDGEE AREA

Meeting place

These two weekends will be based in Mudgee, travelling to nearby birding areas.  They are now open for booking.  Once the booking has been confirmed, more details will be sent to you.   Do not book any accommodation until then as there will be a maximum of 30 people on this weekend.

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

Facilities

TBC

Sunday 2 June 2024
 

Mill Creek Picnic area and Devines Hill walk, Dharug NP

Wednesday 5 June 2024
 

West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP

Sunday 16 June 2024
 

Floyd Bay and Mirrambeena Regional Park

Saturday 22 June 2024
 

Beginners and New Members, Sydney Olympic Park

Sunday 30 June 2024
 

Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park

Wednesday 3 July 2024
 

TBC

Sunday 14 July 2024
 

Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights

Saturday 20 July 2024
 

Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra and Centennial Park

Sunday 28 July 2024
 

Laughtondale Gully and Wisemans Ferry

Saturday 3 August 2024
 

Scheyville National Park

Wednesday 7 August 2024
 

Emu Green

Sunday 18 August 2024
 

Cape Solander and Kamay National Park

Saturday 24 August 2024
 

Irrawong Reserve and Warriewood Wetlands

Wednesday 4 September 2024
 

TBC

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2024
 

Weekend away - Mudgee area (refer above)

Saturday 21 September 2024
 

Annual Raptor Count, Scheyville area

Sunday 29 September 2024
 

Dharawal NP and Australian Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan

Wednesday 2 October 2024
 

Wattle Forest and Lady Carrington Drive, Royal NP

Sunday 6 October 2024
 

Richmond Lowlands and surrounds

Sunday 13 October 2024
 

CBOC BBQ

Saturday 19 October 2024
 

CLC properties "Wallaroo" and "Wombat", Mulgoa

Sunday 27 October 2024
 

Chiltern Trail, Ingleside and Katandra Bushland Sanctuary

Saturday 2 November 2024
 

Davidson Park, Roseville

Wednesday 6 November 2024
 

Deep Creek, Narrabeen

Sunday 17 November 2024
 

Field of Mars, Sugar Loaf Point, Boronia Park

Saturday 23 November 2024
 

Scheyville National Park

Sunday 1 December 2024
 

Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills

Wednesday 4 December 2024
 

TBC

Sunday 8 December 2024
 

Blue Gum Walk, Hornsby

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