Illawarra Birders

Birding club based in
Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia



Birding Locations

Members Photos


Photograph of some Illawarra Birders


If you are looking for lifetime activity that will stimulate your mind and body:

Check our activities itinerary and come along. We also organise local Birding excursions, regional Birding camps around NSW, and interstate and Australian territory trips!

Club Meetings

Visitors welcome

Coniston Community Centre
26 Bridge St Coniston
(adjacent to and east of the railway station)


Tuesday 4th June 2024, 7:30pm

Professor Edward Cowie
Are Birds Composers?

Internationally famous composer, visual artist and natural scientist Edward Cowie, was last year described by the New York Times as ’the greatest living composer directly inspired by the natural world’. Much of his music and visual work has been and continues to be inspired by both birdsong especially and their behaviour in natural habitats all over the world. His recent release, Where Song was Born on his record label, Metier Divine Arts is devoted to Australian birds and has rave reviews globally. Edward’s connection with the Illawarra goes back to the early 1980s when he founded and directed the new School of Creative Arts at Wollongong University. For more information on him, visit or simply Google him or look and listen on You Tube. Prepare for an evening of delight, wonders and surprises.


Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 7:30PM,

Nigel Jacket
A search for the Night Parrot in Western Australia ‐ via ZOOM.

Nigel Jackett grew up in Kangaroo Valley and studied environmental science at the University of Wollongong. Nigel currently resides in Broome, where he works for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is involved in research projects in the Great Sandy Desert and Kimberley. He is also a researcher with the University of Queensland, nearing the completion of a PhD focussed on Northern Masked Owls.

Tuesday 6th August 2024, 7:30pm

Annual General Meeting and Members’ Presentation Night