Lots of beautiful feathered friends live in the Toowoomba and Crow's Nest regions. Bring your binoculars and camera and see what you can spot in these easy locations.
In the Crow's Nest region some of the birds are Peregrine Falcon, Striated Thornbill, Scarlet Honeyeater, Erne, Pelican, Fairy Wrens and flocks more. There are a number of trails you can take, including Bullocky's Rest Picnic Area, Applegum Walk, Crow's Nest National Park, Ravensbourne Nature Reserve and Perseverance Reserve. For a detailed and full listing of trails, obtain a copy of Bird Trails of the Crow's Nest District from the Hampton Visitor Information Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hampton Visitor Information Centre: 8623 New England Highway, Hampton, ph 07 4697 9066 or 1800 009 066.
King Parrots can be seen in Crow's Nest, Highfields and Toowoomba.
Perseverance Lake and Reserve is a peaceful haven of expansive blue waters and lofty gum trees, plus it's alive with birds. Sightings include King Parrots, Black-faced Monarchs, Eastern Whipbirds and White-throated Treecreepers. Early morning is the best time. Tweet your photos. The habitat is six hectares of tall open forest and lantana. The area is receiving revegetation by Ravensbourne Landcare. Address: Turn off the New England Highway at Hampton, then onto Perseverance Hall Road.
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo at Picnic Point, Toowoomba.
Munro Tramway The habitat around the Munro Tramway is grassy, mixed eucalypt woodland with forest she-oak and lantana. Birds you may see are Glossy Black-Cockatoo, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Sittella, Cicada Bird and Silvereye. Address: 486 Palmtree Road, off Perseverance Hall Road, Palmtree, a short hop from Hampton. You should grab a 'mud-map' of this area as signage isn't perfect.
The Munro Tramway walking trail has historic sites off the beaten track. The Great Short Walk is a 3km return easy grade 3 walk with a formed track and small but steep hills. Along the way, signs tell the stories of the historic Shay locomotive and the timber industry. There are two more walking trails to the east, but no parking and parts of the tramway are on private property. A lookout point offers views of Highfields. The walk may take an hour to complete with the only real challenge being a gully sans bridge.
NB: Mobile phone signals will drop out in much of the Perseverance and Ravensbourne Nature Reserves and surrounds.
Ravensbourne Nature Reserve
Ravensbourne Nature Reserve offers many bushwalks from which you can spot birds. The 'Applegum Walk' goes through dense rainforest and Bangalow palms. The reserve extends to the Gus Beutel Lookout. There are breathtaking views of the Lockyer Valley and scenic rim. The habitat is tall, open eucalypt forest on basalt soil, blackbutt, stringybark, tallowwood, she-oaks and wattles. Also along your path, grading downhill into low open woodland with heath understorey on sandy soil. Birds you may see Wonga Pigeon, King Parrots, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Variegated Fairy Wren, White-browed Scrub Wren, Red-browed Finch and Silvereye. Address: Esk-Hampton Road off the New England Highway, Hampton.
Not such a common sighting, the vocal Long-billed Corellas at Peace Haven Botanic Park, Highfields.
Peace Haven Botanic Park
The Acacia gittinsii blackdown tableland wattle flowers in autumn, Peace Haven Botanic Park.
Peace Haven Botanic Park is heaven for lovers of gardens, trees, birds and family. Around 400 species of native plants and trees are a delightful feast for the eyes. Wildlife is purported to frequent the park. Birds you can spot: Long-billed Corellas, King Parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets, Galahs, Maned Geese, Indian Minas, Swallows and waterfowl. You can also see Ground Cuckoo Shrikes in the Highfields area.
Address: 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields
Maned Geese and other water fowl can be found near the pond in Peace Haven Botanic Park.
Duggan Park, Toowoomba
JE Duggan Park in Toowoomba is fruitful bird watching with over twenty varieties including: Spotted Pardalote, Corellas, Rosellas, Eastern Yellow Robins, Bush Turkeys, Fairy Wrens and Brown Honeyeaters. There are scenic bushwalks around the park and a lookout point with fabulous views of the Lockyer Valley and Tabletop Mountain.
Address: Leslie Street, Rangeville, Toowoomba
Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Toowoomba
If you don't want to head out of town, winter is the season for Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in the gorgeous Queens Park Botanic Gardens. You can also see King Parrots, Indian Minas and Galahs. The park has many beautiful attractions and if you're feeling peckish it's an excellent spot for a romantic picnic.
Address: Lindsay Street, Toowoomba City
This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo can usually be seen during winter, Queens Park Botanic Gardens.
Picnic Point, Toowoomba
This Superb Fairy Wren lives by the railway tracks, Toowoomba City, by the crossing.
Bird watching is easy at Picnic Point as stunning Rainbow Lorikeets, Pale-headed Rosellas, Kookaburras and more, flit among the branches. As you peck at your lunch, Indian Minas will look for a handout. Wedge-tailed Eagles take off from Picnic Point and glide over the valley, but you must be early. The rainforest walk may yield the best bird spotting as well as providing some aerobic exercise on the steep slope. Scrub Turkeys are a common sighting around the easier walking trails.
Address: Top of Tourist Road, Toowoomba
Common but lovely, Galahs feed on the ground at Queens Park.