birding accommodation

To: "michael hunter" <>
Subject: birding accommodation
From: "canton" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 10:44:15 +1000
If you believe
> that birding wasn't meant to be easy, stick to Southern Ocean pelagics.

> Klaus' website accommodation directory is one of the great creations for
> birdwatchers wanting to spend time seeing birds with a minimum of bother
> maximum of comfort, and I suspect is making Oz an increasingly favorite
> destination. His addition of suitable accommodation for those who don't
> to camp or stay in  less expensive places puts the site up with the best
> anywhere. (OK Klaus, 10% off the next trip will do).

>                     All the site needs now is lists of homestays on farms
> (Alex.A. where are you?) , partly to encourage the farmers themselves to
> look after their birds,and a list of  unluxurious places in key sites like
> the Victoria River Roadhouse.

Apologies folks, ---I'm still around and running as fast as I can, working 2
part-time jobs to survive which eats into the time for doing things I really
I actually have 4 piles on the floor:

category 1:  tasks to be completed this week
category 2:  tasks to be completed before 30 June
category 3:  tasks now 3 months overdue but which will hopefully be
completed                     before the end of the year (the birder
freindly places is in this                             category)
category 4:  tasks now more than 6 months overdue (a research paper) which I
hope to finish (and publish) before I fall off my perch.

 ---As for the birder-friendly places - I can only deal with North
Queensland / Southern Gulf areas - can someone else work on the southern

--Also, most of the places I know are strictly 4WD only (and that's during
the dry season). I would love to visit to Bulleringa National Park (NE of Mt
Surprise on the Gulf Development Road) but the last I heard it is still
inaccessable / iffy in places (5 April), as is part of Townsville's Town
Common, despite having gone through the hottest and driest March in 60 years
(58.4 mm rainfall when the average is 197mm) .



>                     We love camping (except when its wet or min.temp
> 35degrees at 2am,) but to fly in with camping gear is impractical. As for
> driving, there are better ways to spend a week than nonstop driving to
> Perth, Darwin or Broome and back if you've done it before.Flying in,
> a small car/van (unlimited mileage deals only) and staying at the cheapest
> places we can find is our standard routine, but at least one night of
> keeps the troops happy.
>                       Sometimes it's cheaper to go on a tour than
> do-it-yourself, particularly for out-of-the way places where 4wd
> (horrendously expensive to hire and then not always reliable) and standard
> hirecars aren't permitted.
>                                            Cheers
>                                                Michael
> Mulgoa Valley
> 50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge
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