Birdwatching in Sydney

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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.

Upcoming outings are:
October 10, 2018
Wednesday 8.00am
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
Meet at Windsor Downs Nature Reserve. At Windsor Downs turn off Richmond Road into Sanctuary Drive and proceed slowly along this narrow roadway through the estate to the meeting point at the far end of the Drive. Leader Adrian Dick — 0451 825 403
October 20, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Wheeny Creek
Meet in Comleroy Road, Kurrajong, Matheson Park on the left just after entering Comleroy Road from Bells Line of Road. Leader Mark Fuller — 0424 440 140
October 28, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Cumberland Land Conservancy Property "Wallaroo", Mulgoa
850 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa. Directions (from Penrith/M4) head south along Mulgoa Road meeting point on the left just past Nepean Christian School (shared entrance with Mulgoa Tip). Leader Mark Fuller — 0424 440 140
November 10, 2018
Saturday 4.30am
New Date Newmans Road, Glenorie (Dawn Chorus)
Meet in the car park at the end of Newman's Road Glenorie. Note: Bacon Rolls will be available for early starters. Please let Keith know if you are going to the 4.30am start. Otherwise arrive at 8am. Leader Keith Brandwood — 0447 457 554
November 24, 2018
Saturday 7.00am
Bus Trip - Wollongong Botanic Gardens and Killalea Lagoon
For bookings phone Greg McLachlan – 0405 578 967 (after 8th Oct). If Greg is not contactable phone Pat Thorn – 0414 248 941.
MEETING PLACE: In the parking area behind the Pavilion Theatre, Showground Road, Castle Hill (part of the Castle Hill Showgrounds.) Travel down Showground Road away from Castle Towers, turn left into Doran Road (There is a sign Castle Hill Showground). Take the first turn right which goes between a steel fence and continue all the way around to the parking area. Bus will leave promptly at 7.00am.
2nd pick up point – Liverpool. Corner of Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool at 7.45am. In front of Liverpool Museum.
ARRANGEMENTS: Cost $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Morning tea and lunch at bus. Leader Pat Thorn – 9488 7937 or 0414 248 941
November 25, 2018
New DateNestlings 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. Renιe Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
December 2, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Botany Bay, Kurnell
Meet at Potter Point Car Park located at the end of Sir Joseph Banks Drive, in the national park. Lunch will be either in the Botany Bay National Park or at Bonna Point. Leader Greg McLachlan – 0405 578 967
December 5, 2018
Wednesday 7am-11am
Photographic Outing - Centennial Park
Meet at Centennial Park at the kiosk next to the Shelter Pavilion on Parkes Drive between Randwick Pond and Duck Pond. Leader Greg McLachlan – 0405 578 967
December 16, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Mason Park and Sydney Olympic Park
Meet at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere at Bicentennial Park, Homebush. Leader TBA
More information: Outings co-ordinator Greg McLachlan

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