Birding in Victoria

To: Andrew Hobbs <>
Subject: Birding in Victoria
From: Janine Duffy <>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:35:45 +1000
Hi Andrew

I agree with Ed and was about to write the same sort of thing. You Yangs is 
fantastic - you can drive in via the main gate on Branch Rd anytime after 7 am. 
Good birds near the main carpark. Also worth trying the East Flat/Branding Yard 
Road and track area - access by foot from Toynes Rd gate, or drive the whole 
Great Circle Drive. You'll see out all on the Parks map. I've found the area 
just south of Toynes Road gate really good, especially East boundary track and 
an unnamed track that leads north west from a small dam on east boundary track. 
This track will get you back to Great circle drive.

Serendip is really worth a visit too, especially if you take the time to walk 
around the whole billabong. Park gate opens about 8 am.

Brisbane Ranges NP is also not far, and great for Spotted Quail-thrush. I've 
had great success with them at this time of year in several parts of the park - 
email me back if you want details.


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Ed Williams <> wrote:

>Hi Andrew,
>As you are in Point Cook you are perfect location for a lot of good sites - 
>notably you'll only be 20 minutes from the majestic Western Treatment Plant, 
>which even now that a lot of the shorebirds have gone is a stunning place to 
>visit and you should pick up lots of species.
>You can pick up a day pass/key and map from the Werribee office of Melbourne 
>water - info available on their website.  Great for all sorts of wetland, 
>coastal and farmland species. 
>Only thing would be getting hold of the key as I am not sure how early they 
>open their office to pick one up.
>Point Cook itself has some good spots for birding with Point Cook coastal park 
>(recent home of the American Golden Plover [tbc]) and Cheetham Wetlands on 
>your doorsteps.
>Inland - but still only 20 minutes drive away the You Yangs is another lovely 
>spot - with some good dry forest species (Choughs, Robins, Speckled Warbler, 
>Diamond Firetail, interesting Honeyeaters, etc) - along with Koalas and 
>Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  And nearby is the Serendip sanctuary (which though I 
>have never visited I am told has some good birding too).
>Do you have any specific targets or habitats?  Basically apart from rainforest 
>habitat Point Cook is a great spot in terms of closeness to most other 
>habitats in the Melbourne area. 
>If you can get your hands on a copy of Tim Dolby's book on Where to See Birds 
>in Victoria that would help you too.  
>All the best,
>Ed Williams, Kingsville, VIC
>> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:42:11 +0800
>> From: 
>> To: 
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Victoria
>> Hi,
>> Jill and I will be flying over from Perth to visit relatives in 
>> Melbourne.  We are staying in Point Cook for a week from Friday 11th to 
>> Thurs 17th.  We have only ever been to Victoria in transit to somewhere 
>> else.
>> Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for this time of the year 
>> within a reasonable distance. We should be able to get away several 
>> times during the week, particularly early mornings.
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Cheers
>> Andrew
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