Bird Observers' Club

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Birdwatching in Sydney

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 Greg McLachlan email or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2019 pdf leaflet.

Upcoming outings are:
February 23, 2019
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners & New Members (Sydney Olympic Park)
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere. Enter via Australia Ave.
Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
March 3, 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Wisemans Ferry Area and Dharug National Park
Meet in the car park at Wiseman’s Ferry Hotel. Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry.
Leader Gabrielle Rees - 0414 947 138
March 13, 2019
Wednesday 9.00am
Royal National Park (Joint IBOC outing)
Meet in the Wattle Forest car park near Audley.
Leader Ross Gowans — 0490 136 231
March 17, 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing (5-12 year olds)
Contact Renée Ferster Levy – 0412 131 528 - to get the allocated meeting place.
March 23, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Scheyville National Park (KBA survey)
Meet at the NPWS centre off Scheyville road.
Look for the low stone-walled entrance. Car parking and toilets available. The group can KBA survey at Site 1 and then Ian with three other volunteers will go in one car (very limited parking) to Site 2 and Site 3. Twenty minute surveys will be recorded to start and longer one kilometre surveys can follow.
Leader Ian Bailey - 0412 251 337
March 31, 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills
Meet in the car park near the information centre at Cumberland State Forest, off Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills.
Leader Richard Murray – 0448 089 329
April 10, 2019
Wednesday 8.30am
Maraylya, Longneck Lagoon and surrounds
Meet in the car park in Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns and Boundary Road, Maraylya.
Leader Adrian Dick – 0451 825 403
April 20, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside.
Leader Mark Fuller – 0424 440 140
April 28, 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Blue Mountains (Joint outing BMBO) - Narrow Neck (Honeyeater migration)
Meet at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, Cliff Drive, Katoomba.
Leader Carol Probets - 0400 821 862
May 8, 2019
Wheeny Creek, Wollemi National Park
May 18, 2019
Capertee valley
May 26, 2019
Castlereagh Nature Reserve (KBA survey)
June 12, 2019
O'hara's Creek, Kenthurst
June 22, 2019
Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra
June 29, 2019
Brisbane Waters and/or Popran National Park (Joint outing with CCGBNSW)
July 10, 2019
Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park and Scheyville
July 20, 2019
Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
July 28, 2019
Annual Raptor Count in the Hawkesbury area
August 14, 2019
West Head and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
August 24, 2019
Auburn Botanic Gardens (Cherry Blossom Festival)
August 30 to September 1, 2019
Friday to Sunday
Members Anniversary Weekend away - Bigga
September 21, 2019
Warriewood Wetlands
September 29 , 2019
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
October 9, 2019
Sydney Olympic Park
October 19, 2019
Richmond Lowlands and surrounds
October 27 , 2019
Boat Harbour and Botany Bay, Kurnell
November 6, 2019
Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown
November 23, 2019
Bus Trip - Lake Wallace, Wallerawang and surrounding area
December 1, 2019
Dawn Chorus, Cattai National Park
December 4, 2019
Photography outing at Centennial Park
December 14, 2019
Royal National Park
More information: Outings co-ordinator Greg McLachlan

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