Birdwatching in Sydney

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club
with the Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Outings - seeing Australia's beautiful birds
Birdwatching outings are heaps of fun. The Cumberland Bird Observers' Club holds at least 40 outings every year all over the greater Sydney area. Outings usually start at about 8.30am and go into the afternoon (if the birding is good and participants willing, sometimes very late). There is no compulsion to stay until the very end and some people choose to leave at lunch time. Transport to most outings is by car although occasionally there are bus trips.

Field outings are informal, catering for birdwatchers of all capabilities, and helpful, friendly advice on all aspects of birding is always available. Typically, stops for birdwatching are made at a number of locations during the day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch.
Birding with Cumberland Bird Observers

Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink, a chair and comfortable shoes. Take the leader's phone number with you in case you need to contact them. Some outings are on rough dirt tracks so you may need walking boots. A small backpack can be handy, especially if lunch is to be eaten some distance from the cars. A field guide for identifying birds is also handy but not essential.

Outings will proceed irrespective of the weather (leaders always turn up, even if no-one else does!), except for venues at risk during high fire danger warnings. If in doubt, phone the leader.

It's not uncommon to see about 50 species of birds on an outing, even in winter when most of the migratory birds are still in the northern hemisphere. On very good days, 75 species can be seen or heard, and on really bonza birding days, over 100 species can be located. There are no guarantees. Anything could turn up! That's part of the fun of birdwatching.

No bookings are required (except for bus trips and any special outings where breakfast is supplied) - so just turn up. Outings are on Saturdays, Sundays and mid-week. Details of outings are published in the bi-monthly CBOC Newsletter and on this website.


When attending field outings ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, including wet weather gear in inclement weather and suitable footwear. It is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and to carry water.

Please sign the attendance register at field outings and also at the meetings.

If you leave the outings early please let the leader know before you go.

Participants attend at their own risk and should refrain from any behaviour that might put themselves or others at risk. That includes assessing whether they have a level of fitness required for the advertised outings. If in doubt contact the outing leader beforehand.

If you have any questions about any outing, contact Keith Brandwood email or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Upcoming outings are:
June 23, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Wianamatta Regional Park, Ropes Crossing
Meet at Mainwaring Street, Ropes Crossing. Leader Edwin Vella – 0402 067 619
June 24, 2018
Nestlings Outing - Royal National Park
Royal National Park has an amazing diversity of habitats and bird species. We may even hear a Lyrebird mimicking other birds!
Ring the leader for further details re meeting place and time. Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
July 1, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Cumberland State Forest and Fred Caterson Reserve
Meet in the car park near the information centre at Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills off Castle Hill Rd. Leader Andrew Patrick – 0467 971 648
July 11, 2018
Wednesday 8.30am
Heathcote National Park
Meet at the end of Oliver Street, Heathcote. Pack lunch, water and snacks for the whole day. Lunch by river away from cars. Medium descent and climb (no toilet facilities on whole walk). Leader Andrew Patrick – 0467 971 648
July 14, 2018
Saturday 10am
Members Social Meeting
10am – 2pm at Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park. See June newsletter for more details. Leader Pat Thorn – 0414 248 941
July 21, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Meet at the north end of Marine Parade, Maroubra. Observe sea birds from the cliffs. Carry morning tea and lunch and something to sit on. Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
July 29, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Annual Raptor Count
Meet in the car park in Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns and Boundary Road, Maraylya. Easy birdwatching never far from vehicles. Suitable for disabled members. Leader Keith Brandwood – 0447 457 554
August 8, 2018
Wednesday 8.30am
Central Coast (Half day outing with CCBNSW)
Meet at McPherson Road Swamp, Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah (opposite CCC Church). Leader Alan Morris – 0418 269 482
August 25, 2018
Saturday 8.00am
Beginners and New Members Outing - Lake Belvedere, Sydney Olympic Park
Enter Bicentennial Park from Homebush Bay Drive and meet in Waterview Convention Centre car park overlooking Lake Belvedere. Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
September 2, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Yellowmundee and Yarramundi (Joint outing with BMBO)
Meet at the Yellowmundee Regional Park carpark on Springwood Road just before the steep ascent to Hawkesbury Heights. Leader Mark Ley – 0416 199 638
September 8, 2018
Deep Water Creek, Milperra
September 12, 2018
Old Brush Studio, Brunkerville
September 15, 2018
Capertee Valley and Regent Honeyeater Census
September 23, 2018
Nestlings Outing - TBC
Nesting season! As well as looking for a variety of breeding species, we will coordinate with the Powerful Owl Project and may be lucky enough to see these magnificent birds and learn about the research.
Ring the leader for further details re meeting place and time. Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
September 30, 2018
Mitchell Park, Cattai
October 10, 2018
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
October 20, 2018
Wheeny Creek
October 28, 2018
Cumberland Land Conservancy Property "Wallaroo", Mulgoa
November 10, 2018
New Date Newmans Road, Glenorie (Dawn Chorus)
November 18, 2018
Nestlings Outing - Mason Park, Concord
Shorebirds come and spend our summer here all the way from Siberia! We hope to find some among the local waterbirds, and many terrestrial birds on the way.
Ring the leader for further details re meeting place and time. Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
November 24, 2018
Bus Trip - Wollongong Botanic Gardens and Killalea Lagoon
December 2, 2018
Botany Bay
December 5, 2018
Photographic Outing
December 16, 2018
Mason Park and Sydney Olympic Park
More information: Outings co-ordinator Keith Brandwood

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