October long weekend

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Subject: October long weekend
From: Sue Lashko <>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:17:33 +1000
Hi everyone
Below are details of the Labour Day weekend campout as published in Gang-gang.   However, this trip will only run if someone volunteers to lead it.  So, if you are a camper who enjoys the opportunity to gain access to private property, this may well be your opportunity to lead.  Please contact me if you are prepared to help.
October long weekend (Labour Day) – Saturday 29 September to Monday 1 October. (NB: a leader is required – please contact Sue Lashko if you can help.)

This campout will be on private property which consists of around 5000 acres of thick bush, natural grassland, river gorge, lightly wooded areas and more birds and critters than you can hope for. The property is called Yalcowinna and is located 14 km north of Cooma on the Shannon's Flat Road.

Water, food, and toilet will not be provided but there is plenty of firewood. Vehicles with some clearance are recommended with RAV 4 and Subaru Outbacks suitable for access.


The location for the camping area can be viewed by typing these coordinates into Google: 36° 7'43.27"S  149° 4'56.44"E and the location of the house is 36° 8'24.78"S 149° 4'7.59"E. Arrive Friday or Saturday morning at front gate to property.


The rough programme is:

After breakfast at the campsite, there will be a morning chat about the property followed by a walk around open bushland on the top half of the farm to begin a bird list for Yalcowinna.  Expect many Kookaburras, quails, Gang-gang Cockatoos and other nesting parrots, as well as four kinds of macropods and many echidnas.


After lunch explore the gorge paddocks comprising open rock areas and large patches of briar rose, large eucalypts and deep creeks with Rainbow Bee-eaters, many finches and many raptors.


Day two: explore the river gorge via fire trails. Birds of interest include many parrots, Superb Lyrebirds, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Brown Goshawk and many small bird species.


Day three: explore the lower half of the farm around paddocks with large apple box, deep creeks and open bushland. After lunch explore the natural open grasslands, searching for Swamp Harrier, grassland birds and many quail.


NB: this trip will run only if someone volunteers to lead it.

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