Bird Observers' Club

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Birdwatching in Sydney since 1979

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.

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.

Click here to read the club’s Ethical Birding Guidelines which apply to all members and visitors on all outings.

If you have any questions about any outing email

Upcoming outings are:
November 29, 2020
Sunday 4.30am and 8.05am
Dawn Chorus - Mitchell Park, Cattai
Second picnic table in Mitchell Park. National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass. Two options for start times for this event. Grade: Easy to Moderate. Mostly flat with a medium length walk around the southern part of Mitchell Park. Leader - Andrew Patrick 0467 971 648
Map: Mitchell Park
MAXIMUM OF 20 MEMBERS ONLY - To book your place on this outing, send an eMail to
December 9, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Photographic Outing - Centennial Park, Randwick
Meet at the kiosk next to the Shelter Pavilion on Parkes Drive between Randwick Pond and Duck Pond. Habitat: Ponds, wetlands and parkland. Grade: Easy. Leader - Marie Kobler 0418 844 629.
Map: Centennial Park
MAXIMUM OF 20 MEMBERS ONLY - To book your place on this outing, send an eMail to
Outings after this date are not yet confirmed due to status of COVID-19 and are open to Members only. Members will be advised when outings are open for bookings. Further information can be obtained by eMailing
January 6, 2021
Wednesday 8.30am
Sydney Park, St Peters and Tempe Lands
Morning Only. Meet at the carpark in Barwon Park Rd, which is next to the tall chimneys. The park includes small hills landscaped with grass and native trees. Series of storm-water harvesting ponds have been established to purify and recycle rain water runoff and provide wetland habitat for birds and other wildlife. Leader - Gabrielle Rees 0414 947 138.
Map: Sydney Park
January 23, 2021
Saturday 8.00am
Floyd Bay and Mirrambeena Regional Park
Meet at the end of Hollywood Drive, Lansvale. Parkland, wetlands. Easy, concrete paths for the most part. Leader - Andrew Patrick 0467 971 648
Map: Floyd Bay
January 31, 2021
Sunday 8.30am
Warriewood Wetlands
Meet in the carpark at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen. Wetlands and forest. Easy, boardwalk and mostly flat tracks. Leader - Adrian Dick 0451 825 403
Map: Warriewood Wetlands
February 3, 2021
Towra Point Nature Reserve
February 20, 2021
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members, Sydney Olympic Park
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere, Bicentennial Park, Homebush. River, parkland, and woodland. Easy. Involves up to two hours level walking. Leader - Trevor Waller 0467 977 508.
Map: Bicentennial Park
February 28, 2021
Sunday 8.00am
Field of Mars, Sugar Loaf Point, Boronia Park
"Meet at Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Rd, East Ryde. The area near the creek is easy but there is a steep and rugged set of paths to the top (western) section of the Field of Mars. Sugarloaf Point is across the busy road and starts on the flat but has rock-cut stairs. The path to Boronia Park is fairly flat but might be slippery. Easy in parts but also with difficult rocky paths. 1.5km within the Field of Mars loop walk, 1km return at Sugarloaf Point and 4km return for the Boronia Park walk. Leader - Cathy Goswell 0418 865 421.
Map: Field of Mars
March 3, 2021
Wednesday 8.30am
Emu Plains and Penrith
Meet at Emu Green Reserve, corner of Palomino Road and Russell Street, Emu Plains. A mix of parkland, riverside and bush reserve. Generally flat grass or bush tracks. Up to 4kms walking at Emu Green. Leaders - Carol and Peter Abbott - 0414 997 419
Map: Emu Green
March 6, 2021
Saturday 7.00am
Bus Trip. Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve (near Mossvale) and Minnamurra Falls (near Jamberoo)
March 20, 2021
Saturday 8.30am
Cumberland State Forest
Meet in the car park near the Cumberland State Forest information centre and nursery, off Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills.
Map: Cumberland State Forest
March 28, 2021
Sunday 8.30am
Lime Kiln Wetlands and Yeramba Lagoon
Meet at the corner of Pamela Ave and Jinna Rd, Peakhurst. Wetlands. Easy with formed loop walk at the wetlands. Leader - Gabrielle Rees 0414 947 138
Map: Lime Kiln Wetlands
April 7, 2021
Wednesday 8.30am
Bobbin Head
Meet on the western side of the bridge at Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Entrance fee applies. Easy to moderate but lengthy forest paths. Leader - Daniel McDonald 0404 374 362.
Map: Bobbin Head
April 24, 2021
Saturday 8.30am
Nurragingy Reserve, Western Sydney Parklands.
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside. Bushland, woodland. Easy level bush tracks. Leader - Edwin Vella 0402 067 619
Map: Nurragingy Reserve
May 2, 2021
Sunday 8.30am
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
May 5, 2021
Mitchell Park, Cattai, Pitt Town
May 16, 2021
Members BBQ
May 22, 2021
Capertee Valley
May 30, 2021
Royal National Park – Curra Moors and Audley
June 2, 2021
Mt Annan Botanic Gardens and Keith Longhurst Reserve, Kentlyn
June 19, 2021
Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra
June 27, 2021
Air Services site, Shanes Park
July 7, 2021
Richmond Lowlands and surrounds
July 24, 2021
Annual Raptor Count, Hawkesbury area
August 1, 2021
Mulgoa Nature Reserve and Nepean Weir (Joint outing with BMBO)
August 4, 2021
Agnes Banks, Castlereagh and Wianamatta Nature Reserves
August 21, 2021
Laughtongale Gully and Wisemans Ferry
August 27 to 29, 2021
Friday to Sunday
Weekend Away
September 1, 2021
Westleigh Park and Blue Gum forest
September 25, 2021
West Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park
October 3, 2021
Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park
October 6, 2021
Royal National Park
October 23, 2021
Beginners and New Members, Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
October 31, 2021
Chiltern Trail and Katandra Bushland Sanctuary
November 3, 2021
Narrabeen Lagoon and Long Reef, Collaroy
November 13, 2021
Bus Trip
November 20, 2021
Swallows Reach, Chain of Ponds and Bushells Lagoon
November 28, 2021
Botany Bay and Bonna Point
December 1, 2021
Rookwood Cemetery and Sydney Olympic Park
December 12, 2021
Second Ponds Creek, Scheyville and Pitt Town
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