RFI Coastal NSW and Sydney

To: Paul Dodd <>, 'birding-aus' <>
Subject: RFI Coastal NSW and Sydney
From: Judith Hoyle <>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 08:51:09 +0000
Dear Paul and Ruth,

If you decide to detour a bit and come up to Brisbane by the inland route via 
Tenterfield I would recommend birding in and around Girraween National Park.  
If you follow the signs to the park from the main highway (before Ballandean) 
you will come to a junction with Girraween to the left and the Old Wallangarra 
Road to the right.  Some of the best birding is to be had on the Old 
Wallangarra Road, in the paddock opposite the first winery you come to.  It is 
a good spot for, amongst other things, Turquoise Parrots, Plum-headed Finch, 
Diamond Firetails, Southern Whiteface, Scarlet Honeyeater, White-browed 
Babbler, Hooded Robin,Yellow-tufted Honeyeater.  We've seen all these birds in 

If you go to Roberts Waterhole in Girraween itself you may be lucky enough to 
see/hear the northern race of the Superb Lyrebird - saw one there in December 
06.  The Underwater Creek track is good for Rufous Fantails, Scarlet Robins, 
Cicadabird and the occasional Red-browed Treecreeper.  If you are feeling 
energetic and it is not raining (the granite rocks are treacherous in the wet), 
the views are great from the top of the Pyramids.  Cunningham's Skinks are 
common there, but can also be seen in the rocks around the campgrounds in the 

If you have time to detour to Sundown National Park, via the road out of 
Ballandean, you can get dry country birds not too far into the park.  Summer 
before last we had great views of 3 Ground Cuckoo-shrike.

As you head towards Warwick its always worth stopping in Cunningham's Gap to 
pick up rainforest species.  When you get back on the road and start to head 
down the other side of the Gap towards Brisbane, look out for 2 male Peacocks.  
We've seen them on two separate occasions about 1 km from the car park on the 
left hand side.  Not a 'tick' but an unusual sight nonetheless!



> From: > To: > Date: Sun, 23 Dec 
> 2007 15:44:03 +1100> Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI Coastal NSW and Sydney> > Hi 
> everyone,> > > > Ruth and I are driving coastal from Melbourne to Fraser 
> Island in Queensland> this holiday period and would love any ideas people 
> have for “hot spots”> (for birding, that is!) along the NSW coast and 
> including Sydney. We don’t> have any specific species in mind, but are 
> interested mostly in those that> we wouldn’t get in Victoria.> > > > We have 
> ideas already for SE Queensland, but are open to other people’s> thoughts 
> there too.> > > > When we head back in January we’ll come back inland – we 
> haven’t decided on> the actual route yet, but if there’s any must see spots, 
> we’ll certainly> take that into account.> > > > Thanks in advance!> > > > 
> Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!> > > > Paul Dodd and Ruth 
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