Illawarra Birders

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Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia

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Illawarra Birders Upcoming Activities

Always send a text to the leader if you will be attending a Birding outing

Everyone is welcome to attend these events, including visiting Birders and those new to birding. Please contact the Leader if you are going to attend, in case of late cancellation for weather.

If you have a large group please email Illawarra Birders at illawarabirdersinc@gmail.com as we offer seperate walks for groups.


Members: have an activity you would like to propose? Check out the Guidelines.

Also read our Birding Code of Ethics.


Sunday 21 July 2024, 12 Noon
Illawarra Birders social lunch at the Illawarra Yacht Club, 1 Northcliffe Drive, Warrawong

Illawarra Birders social lunch at the Illawarra Yacht Club. You will need to choose and pay for your meal from the normal menu. Although there is no Christmas in July menu on offer, you are encouraged to wear a Christmas or Birdy t-shirt or jumper to enter into the spirit of Christmas in July. Please contact Penny Potter (penpott@yahoo.com) if you would like to come.


Friday 26th July 8:30am
Stafford's Farm Track- Mt Kembla

Walk Leaders: Catherine Kirby and Fiona Leo. Please text 0405 214 480 if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A wide dirt track through beautiful eucalypt forest and rainforest sections with small running streams. Fabulous views of Mt Kemble and Lake Illawarra. A chance to see some of the rarer birds like Logrunners, Noisy Pitta and Crested Shrike-tit.
Parking/Meeting Place: Start of the walk is off Harry Graham Drive between O’Briens Management Trail and Wollongong Motorcycle Club. Parking is a bit restricted. 4-5 spots opposite the start of the walk. Otherwise park along Harry Graham Drive.
Toilets/Water: Bush toilet. Carry water.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: A 3km mainly shaded return trip. Slight incline on the way up. High point has a grassy area with trees. Approximately 3 hours.
Bring: Carry - water, hat, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Suggest leech protection if wet. Occasional mountain bikes use this path.


Thursday 1st August 12.30pm
Wollongong Botanic Garden ‐ Lunchtime Walk

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A gentle stroll through the Garden, via the Duck Pond, rainforest and other habitats.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime; if this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets.
Toilets/Water: Yes
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: An easy 1.7 km walk on paved or mulched paths. A circuit is walked lasting 1-1.5 hours. Some seats.
Bring: Carry ‐ water, hat & sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: This is an especially good walk for new and inexperienced birders, and also for photographers.


Meeting, Tuesday 6th August 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre

Annual General Meeting and Member short presentations


Friday 9th August 8:30am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini: ‐ please email ‐ illawarrabirdersinc@gmail.com ‐ if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Walking around the Tallawarra Ponds - looking for shorebirds and waterbirds, some woodland birds.
Parking: Drive into Yallah Bay Rd which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. Yallah Bay Rd is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Meet at the carpark opposite the security gates just before the bridge.
Toilets/Water: No (toilet is available at the Security check in)
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 4kms round trip, easy walk on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, sturdy shoes, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. Bring a scope if you have one.


Meeting, Tuesday 3rd September 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre


Thursday 5th September 12.30pm
Wollongong Botanic Garden ‐ Lunchtime Walk

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A gentle stroll through the Garden, via the Duck Pond, rainforest and other habitats.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime; if this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets.
Toilets/Water: Yes
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: An easy 1.7 km walk on paved or mulched paths. A circuit is walked lasting 1-1.5 hours. Some seats.
Bring: Carry ‐ water, hat & sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: This is an especially good walk for new and inexperienced birders, and also for photographers.


Saturday 14th September 8:30am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677. Please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Walking around the Tallawarra Ponds - looking for shorebirds and waterbirds, some woodland birds.
Parking: Drive into Yallah Bay Rd which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. Yallah Bay Rd is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Meet at the carpark opposite the security gates just before the bridge.
Toilets/Water: No (toilet is available at the Security check in)
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 4kms round trip, easy walk on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, sturdy shoes, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. Bring a scope if you have one.


Wednesday 18th September 8:30am
Lady Carrington Drive and Wattamolla, Royal National Park
[There is a fee for each car entering Royal National Park]

Walk Leader: Richard Smart ‐ 0414 972 236 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A walk along Lady Carrington Drive, returning to Audley for morning tea. Then drive to Wattamolla to explore the cliff top and coastal heath.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the main car park at the RNP Visitors Centre, Audley.
Toilets/Water: At Audley Visitor Centre and at Wattamolla.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Lady Carrington Drive. Flat surface 4 km return. Approximately 2 hours, plenty of shade. Seats for morning tea at Audley. Rocky surface at Wattamolla, approximately 2 km, 1 hour return.
Bring: Carry water, hat, sun screen, morning tea (or buy at the Audley cafe). Wear sturdy shoes.


Saturday 28th September ‐ 8.30am
Integral Energy Park, Kembla Grange

Walk Leader: Sharon Redman ‐ 0413 492 646. Please text Sharon if you plan to attend for any late changes.
Walk Description: A loop walk around the Park. Mixed habitat with some open areas, creek lines, lantana thickets and wooded areas. Often produces a list of 30-40 species. Good spot for photography.
Parking/Meeting Place: At the picnic area past the Motorlife Museum on Darkes Road Kembla Grange.
Toilets/Water: Beside the car park.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Easy level of walking about 2km and 2 hours. Large undercover picnic area.
Bring: Carry water, hat. Wear sturdy shoes. Morning tea back at car park.
Notes: Can be extended with a walk around nearby William Beach Reserve afterwards.


Meeting, Tuesday 1st October 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre


Thursday 3rd October 12.30pm
Wollongong Botanic Garden ‐ Lunchtime Walk

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A gentle stroll through the Garden, via the Duck Pond, rainforest and other habitats.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime; if this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets.
Toilets/Water: Yes
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: An easy 1.7 km walk on paved or mulched paths. A circuit is walked lasting 1-1.5 hours. Some seats.
Bring: Carry ‐ water, hat & sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: This is an especially good walk for new and inexperienced birders, and also for photographers.


Friday 11th October 8:00am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐ belindabaccarini@gmail.com ‐ please email if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Walking around the Tallawarra Ponds - looking for shorebirds and waterbirds, some woodland birds.
Parking: Drive into Yallah Bay Rd which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. Yallah Bay Rd is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Meet at the carpark opposite the security gates just before the bridge.
Toilets/Water: No (toilet is available at the Security check in)
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 4kms round trip, easy walk on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, sturdy shoes, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. Bring a scope if you have one.


Wednesday 16th October 8.00am.
Dharawal National Park ‐ 10 Trail Walk

Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐please email ‐ illawarrabirdersinc@gmail.com ‐if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A stroll along a fire trail in the heathland and low woodland at Madden’s Plains. An especially good event for new and inexperienced birders.
Parking/Meeting Place: Park opposite Glenberrie Darkes Cider Orchard ‐ 259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest. There are parking bays also at the Dharawal National Park information board.
Toilets/Water: No water, bush toilet.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Easy flat walking, crossing a creek that may be full, bring a pole for the crossing. Approximately 4km return. About 3-4hours. Little shade, no seats.
Bring: Carry water, hat, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Possible byo lunch or buy lunch at Darkes Cider Orchard if open.


Saturday 26th October 8am
Appin Woodlands

Walk Leader: Andrew Wood ‐ 0401 907 024 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Wide fire-trails through forest. Rock-hopping across river at one point. If this is not possible there are alternative routes.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the open area at the end of Burke St, Appin.
Toilets/Water: No
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: There are several slightly undulating trails to follow. 3-4km to midday as an estimate. Partly shaded, no seats.
Bring: Carry water, hat, sunscreen, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Trails may be muddy after rain. We may encounter trail-bike riders. Appin township is close for lunch after the walk if required.


Friday 1st November 8.00am and Saturday 2nd November 8.00am
2 Day ‐ Lake Illawarra Circuit ‐ shorebirds, wetlands and woodland birds

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐ belindabaccarini@gmail.com ‐ please email if you plan to attend.
Walk Description:
Friday ‐ Windang Island, Korrongulla Wetland, Purry Burry Point, Hooka Point.
Saturday ‐ Mullet Creek, breakfast at Passionate Palate Cafe, Macquarie Rivulet, Koona Bay, Whyjuck Bay.
Parking/Meeting Place: a detailed Itinerary will be sent closer to the date,
Toilets/Water: Yes, around the lake
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Driving. In and out of car all day. Short flat walks.
Bring: Carry water, hat, morning tea and afternoon tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: A detailed itinerary will be sent closer to the date.

 


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