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. CBOC has introduced the following policies, which will apply to all outings, in respect to bushfires and days of extreme heat.


The Club will not endanger the lives of our members by allowing outings to go ahead if the fire risk is too high. If the Rural Fire Service deem the area in which the outing will be conducted has a Fire Risk Rating of Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic, then the outing will be cancelled. If there is sufficient warning, a new location may be selected by the Leader if appropriate. If bookings are required for an outing, then the Activities Officer will advise those that have booked on the outing, otherwise an eMail will be sent to all members. The fire rating for an area is determined by referring to the RFS website as per:


The Club seeks to ensure that outings are conducted in such a matter that hot weather does not pose a serious health risk to its members. If the forecast temperature for the day is set to exceed 35 degrees, then the outing will be cancelled. If the forecast temperature for the day is set to exceed 30 degrees, the Leader may, at their discretion, choose an earlier start time for the outing or conclude the outing at an earlier time. The forecast will be determined based on the forecast available two days before the outing at 6pm. If bookings are required for the outing, then the Activities Officer will advise those that have booked on the outing of the change in plan, otherwise an eMail will be sent to all members. Attendees should also ensure that they have adequate water for the duration of the outing and apply common sense with regards to wearing a hat, using sunscreen and keeping out of the sun as much as possible.

If you have any questions about any outing email

Upcoming outings are:
May 5, 2021
Wednesday 8.30am
Scheyville National Park
Meet at Scheyville National Park Headquarters carpark. Enter via Scheyville Rd. Grade 2, approx. 2.7km loop on wide, mown tracks that are mostly flat with some gentle hills, returning to the cars for morning tea. There are toilets at the meeting place. Leader Heather Pearce - 0412 051 951.
Map: Scheyville National Park
MAXIMUM OF 30 MEMBERS ONLY - To book your place on this outing, send an eMail to
May 22, 2021
Saturday 9.00am
Capertee Valley
Meet at the corner of Glen Alice and Glen Davis Rds, Capertee Valley. Open woodland and pastureland. Leader Cathy Goswell 0418 865 421
Map: Capertee Valley
May 30, 2021
Sunday 8.30am
Royal National Park – Wattamolla Cliffs and and Bonnie Vale near Bundeena
Meet at the P2 car park at Wattamolla. The turnoff to Wattamolla is on the left, 10kms from Audley when coming from the north. The car park is about 5km further on, accessed from a right hand turn as you go down the hill, before you get to the bottom carpark. Entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass. Note that there is no mobile reception at Wattamolla. Second location is at Bonnie Vale picnic area, off Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena. Wattamotta Cliffs: Grade 2. Mainly flat with a few steps and a gentle hill. Approx 2 kms. Bonnie Vale: Grade 2. Level walking on easy bush tracks. Approx 3kms. Leader Robyn Pedersen - 0438 989 422.
Map: Wattamolla Parking
MAXIMUM OF 30 MEMBERS ONLY - To book your place on this outing, send an eMail to
June 2, 2021
Wednesday 8.30am
Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan. Joint outing with BMBO
Meet near the Visitors Centre. Parking is in the P3 carpark on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan. Habitat is grassland, lakes and forest. Grade 1. Approx 3 kms flat walking. Leaders Heather Cavanagh and David Cree - 0419 432 720.
Map: Mt Annan parking
MAXIMUM OF 30 MEMBERS ONLY - To book your place on this outing, send an eMail to
Members will be advised when the following outings are open for bookings. Further information can be obtained by eMailing
June 19, 2021
Saturday 8.30am
Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra and Centennial Park
Meet at the northern end of Marine Parade, Maroubra. Coastal and city park habitats. Mistral Point – Grade 2: Approx. 200m walk to rock platform with some easy rock passage. Centennial Park – Grade 1: Approx 2km on flat paved paths. Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
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 - Gloucester Area
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 - Wattle Forest and Lady Carrington Drive
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
More information:

GradeSurface Type
1Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.
No more than 5kms.
2The track is hardened or compact surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.
No more than 10kms.
3Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
No more than 20 kms.

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