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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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Sunday 16 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

FLOYD BAY and MIRRAMBEENA

Meeting place

Meet at the end of Hollywood Drive, Lansvale.

Leader

Peter Abraham  |  0451 292 512

Habitat

Parkland, wetlands

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 6 km on mainly flat easy concrete paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Floyd Bay but no toilets or picnic tables.  Mirrambeena has plenty of parking, toilets and picnic tables.

Saturday 22 June 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 30 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

MITCHELL PARK, CATTAI NP

Meeting place

Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park.  National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Paul Johnstone | 0434 350 409

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2. Mostly flat with approx 4 km walk around the southern part of Mitchell Park.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Mitchell Park with toilets nearby.  Some picnic tables. 

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

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.

Sunday 14 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

 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

Prasad Ganesan  |  0450 670 199

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.

Saturday 20 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (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. 200 m walk to rock platform with some easy rock passage. 
Centennial Park: Grade 1.  Approx 2 km 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.

Sunday 28 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

LAUGHTONDALE GULLY and WISEMANS FERRY

Meeting place

Meet at the corner of Laughtondale Gully Rd and Old Northern Rd, Maroota.

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Sandstone woodland, parkland and rainforest

Grade

Grade 2. Approx 3 km walking on tracks with uneven surfaces and gentle uphill sections and some steps.

Saturday 3 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (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. 2.7 km 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.

Wednesday 7 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

EMU GREEN

Meeting place

Meet at Emu Green Reserve, corner of Palomino Road and Russell Street, Emu Plains.  Decide where else to go on the day based on the status of the floods and nearby tracks.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen | 0438 989 422

Habitat

A mix of parkland, riverside and bush reserves

Grade

Grade 2. Generally flat on gravel paths or bush tracks with up to 4km walking at Emu Green.

Sunday 18 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

CAPE SOLANDER and KAMAY NP

Meeting place

Meet at Cape Solander, at the parking spots right near the end of Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell.  Entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Sea watch and heath

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2-4km on mainly flat paved or gravel paths.

Facilities

Nearest toilets are at the Kurnell Visitors Centre off Cape Solander Drive on the way to Cape Solander.  Only one small picnic table.

Saturday 24 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

IRRAWONG RESERVE AND WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet near the end of Irrawong Rd, Warriewood.

Leader

Lindsay Sherman | 0418 624 905

Wetlands and forest

Grade

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

Facilities

Warriewood Wetlands has parking, which can sometimes be busy.  Toilets at nearby Warriewood Square.  No picnic tables.

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2024 (Mudgee B6) (waiting list open)
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

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Location link: TBC

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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