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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8am  | Saturday 21 May 2022 (open for booking - note change of time)

NURRAGINGY RESERVE, WESTERN SYDNEY PARKLANDS

Meeting place

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

Leader

Edwin Vella |  0402 067 619

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3kms 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.

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Location link

Map: Bonnie Vale

 

8.30am | Sunday 29 May 2022 (open for booking)

BONNIE VALE and WARUMBAL, ROYAL NP

Meeting place

Meet at the Bonnie Vale picnic area, off Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena.  As you come down the hill and around the bend, veer left before the main road turns right,  You will then see the picnic area ahead of you.  Entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass.  
Leader

Robyn Pedersen | 0438 989 422

Habitat

Forest, shoreline and bushland.

Grade

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

Warumbal: Grade 3.  Partly eroded and possibly muddy bush track.  Approx 1 kms.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Bonnie Vale and toilets are near the entrance to the carpark.

Some picnic tables, but not always in the shade.

Parking and toilets available at the picnic area.  Only one picnic table.

8.30am | Wednesday 1 June 2022 (open for booking)

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 kms flat walking.

Facilities

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

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Location link

Map: Mt Annan

8.30am | Saturday 25 June 2022 (open for booking)

MISTRAL POINT SEAWATCH, MAROUBRA and CENTENNIAL PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the northern end of Marine Parade, Maroubra 

Leader

Trevor Waller | 0467 977 508 

Habitat

Coastal, parklands

Grade

Mistral Point: Grade 2. Approx. 200m walk to rock platform with some easy rock passage. 
Centennial Park: Grade 1.  Approx 2 kms on flat paved paths.

Facilities

Street parking at Mistral Point, but it can be busy on the weekend. Short walk to toilets.  No picnic tables.
Plenty of parking at Centennial Park but it can get busy.  Toilets available.  Some picnic tables but not usually used by the group.

8.30am | Sunday 3 July 2022 (open for booking)

RICHMOND LOWLANDS AND SURROUNDS

Meeting place

Meet at Pughs Lagoon, Smith Park, corner of Old Kurrajong Road and Francis Street, Richmond

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Pastureland

Grade

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

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Pugh's lagoon with toilets and picnic tables nearby.  Depending on route taken after leaving the lagoon, toilets and facilities might not be nearby.  

8.30am | Wednesday 6 July 2022 (open for booking)

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 (open for booking)

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.

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Location link

Map: Wianamatta

8.30am | Saturday 20 August 2022

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

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Location link

Map: Chiltern Trail

8.30am  | Wednesday 7 September 2022

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, Ebenezer

8.30am | Sunday 2 October 2022
 

Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP

8.30am | Wed 5 October 2022

Wattle Forest & Lady Carrington Drive, Royal NP

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