GRIFFITH CAMP SEPTEMBER 2017
Dates: Saturday 23rd September to Saturday 30th September - NOTE - School Holidays
Details: Griffith is 532km from Wollongong if you go the fastest route through the towns of Harden
and Temora. Griffith and its close surrounds offer some wonderful birding opportunities. There are
also many accommodation options, big supermarkets and take-away food is available.
Griffith Caravan Village. It has one and two bedroom units as well as powered andItinerary
unpowered grassy sites.
Address: MacKay Ave & Gardiner Rd, Griffith NSW 2680
Phone: (02) 6962 3785
There is another caravan park in Griffith - see: http://www.griffithtouristcaravanpark.com.au/
as well as several motels. We have stayed in both caravan parks and several of the motels before.
· If you intend to come to the camp you need to make your way there and book your own
accommodation for the above dates.
· Please let David and Michelle know you intend to come so we have an idea of numbers to
better organise activities - we often car pool.
· There will be one free day in the program where people can relax or do some more birding.
Arrive and put up tent/park caravan/ move stuff into unit etc. Late afternoon visit to
Lake Wyangan / Campbell’s Swamp.
Darlington Point (35km) to look for Superb Parrot and Yellow Rosella. Picnic lunch or
grab take-away to eat by the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point Picnic Area. Afternoon visit to
Scenic Hill and the Hermit’s Cave in Griffith - may also fit in Campbell’s Swamp.
Binya State Forest (20km) - A HUGE area with lots of tracks to drive, walk and explore
and an impressive bird list.
Day trip to Leeton (60km) - In Leeton we will visit Fivebough Swamp a fantastic
birding location and depending on time MAY also visit some of Leeton’s other birding spots - there
Cocoparra National Park North - It is possible to get to the northern section of the
park on mostly bitumen roads (Mt Bingar Road) - plus this way has some fantastic birds to offer and
is not well used - we can bird the roadsides. Possible walks - Jack’s Creek Loop Trail - A moderate
walk that starts along a creek line then climbs up an escarpment. Store Creek Trail - Morning Tea in
the picnic area at Store Creek followed by this
Rest Day - You may wish to sleep in, visit local attractions such as Catania Fruit
Salad farm or Altina Wildlife Park,or relax for the day. You could also re-visit some birding spots!!!
Cocoparra National Park South - Visit Falcon Falls named for the Peregrine Falcons that
nest there - we saw them at the nest here after the Sturt camp in 2015.We will also stop at Wattle
Dam - a fantastic spot for Turquoise Parrots and a bird rich site - the first place we ever saw Blackeared
Cuckoo. Last night - dinner out at local restaurant.
- Pack and head for home - MAY fit in one last trip to Lake Wyangan or Campbell’s
Norfolk Island (Sorry Fully Booked)
The Club is planning a trip to Norfolk Island in February 2018 which would be open to members and their non-birding partners. If any members think they would be interested could they please email me to register their interest.
Birds we might reasonably expect to see are: Green Parrot, Californian Quail, Norfolk Island Robin, Slender-billed White Eye, Norfolk Island Fantai, Norfolk Island Gerygone, White Tern, Black Noddy, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Tasman Booby, Sooty Tern, Black-winged Petrel and Grey Ternlet.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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