brisbane birding info

Subject: brisbane birding info
From: David Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 10:47:40 +0011
Below is a list of places and comments extra to Bradburys "where 
to find birds in australia" book that are handy for touring the 
brisbane area

The Conondale NP north of brisbane is basically inaccessible and is 
being kept as an unspoilt reference area. The adjacent Kenilworth 
state forest accessed through Kenilworth or Maleny has well developed 
facilities.  Camp at the Boolooumba sites 
in rainforest along the creek (Charlie Moreland camping is in eucalypt 
forest).  The gold mine walk is through excellent rainforest along 
the creek.  Good info sheets on the state forest areas and 
facilities are available from the Department of Natural Resources 

Just before Maleny there is a really nice rainforest remnant at Mary 
Cairncross Park.  Preserved by some local societies the park  has 
a circuit walk in which the birds behave very tamely (rufous fantails 
skitter along at your feet catching disturbed insects).  The full 
gambit of rainforest birds are here and easy to see - it was one of 
my most  enjoyable walks. There is 
also a fantastic view onto the Glass House Mountains.

In the Gold Coast there is a small patch of rainforest at Burleigh 
Heads NP.  Nearby, at the entrance to Fleays fauna centre is a really 
nice mangrove board walk along Tallebudgera Creek for about 2 km.

The only camping facilities in the Mount Tamborine area are the 
Thunderbird park caravan park which has excellent tent sites along a 
rainforest creek equal to any NP sites (I normally hate staying in 
commerical sites).

Towards Lamington NP is the easily accessed Springbrook NP that has 
the same fantastic scenery, waterfalls and rainforest.  However the 
only campground was sited as close as possible within the NP to the 
pub in the local town that plays really loud music to really late at 
night.  If its a Friday or Saturday youll probably have to be naughty 
and set up camp at one the picnic-only areas further into the NP

Have fun in the sun if you go

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