QNC Events


Type Date Description Leader/Presenter Information
Excursion 22/06/2019 Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate David Hanger

There is usually quite a variety of birds on the lagoon, so people may arrive early if they wish to bird watch. It is proposed to spend a short time inspecting the planting area where an attempt has been made to recreate something approaching the diverse habitat prevailing in the pre-Para grass days. Then a slow walk for about 1.5km around the lagoon on a paved surface looking at anything that moves or grows. The Keep Sandgate Beautiful Committee would be very grateful to the Club for a list of wildlife recorded on the day.

Please register with David Hanger or via excursion@qnc.org.au with the subject “Dowse Lagoon”. 

Meeting 15/07/2019 Translating venom into human drugs Professor Glenn King We are literally surrounded by venomous animals, which make up about 15% of all animal species on the planet. Virtually all gardens in Brisbane contain venomous ants, bees, centipedes, spiders, and wasps, while some also provide homes for venomous assassin bugs, caterpillars, robber flies, and snakes! Despite their sinister reputation, only a very small minority of these venomous animals are dangerous to humans. Indeed, on the contrary, venomous animals have thus far yielded six drugs that are used to treat human disorders as diverse as diabetes, hypertension, and chronic pain. I will provide an overview of recent research on the use of animal venoms to develop drugs to treat autoimmune diseases, cancer and epilepsy, as well as a venom compound that may become the next Viagra! In particular, I will describe a drug we are developing from the Fraser Island funnel-web spider that prevents brain damage following a stroke.
Excursion 21/07/2019 Glasshouse Mountains National Park Scientific Reserve No.1, Roys Rd, Beerwah Dick Copeman
 Ron Carr
This scientific reserve is mostly freshwater wallum heath with some stands of larger trees and small bodies of water. Many wildflower plants will be in bloom at the time of our excursion, including some rare and endangered plants. Allocasuarina emuina and Eucalyptus conglomerata are both Endangered under both commonwealth and Queensland legislation and are pictured as seen during the reconnaissance mission to the site. We should also see some insects, birds, frogs, reptiles and fungi. It will be easy walking along flat, sandy tracks and we will walk out the way we walk in, so any who wish to leave earlier will be able to do so.
Meeting 15/08/2019 The enlightened citizens guide to Marine Pollution Prof. Chris Frid What can we do with our waste?
For many years, the response to waste disposal was 'the solution to pollution is dilution'. But 50 years ago, when we first saw images of our little planet hanging in space, it became obvious that we sit on a finite planet and cannot keep on diluting forever. In this whirl-wind tour of the science, economics, engineering and philosophy of marine pollution, we look at what we have learnt in the last 50 years and what the next 50 might hold for our seas and oceans.
Excursion   Bradbury's Beach, Dunwich, Stradbroke Island Miriam Preker North Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s most outstanding natural areas. It lies at the heart of a major biogeographic overlap zone. It is here that the southern and  northern biotas meet, forming unusual communities of both temperate and tropical species.
Bradbury’s Beach, Dunwich combines this with a diversity of habitats in close proximity to one another: mud and sand flats; seagrass beds; a small mangrove area; a macro?algal?dominated intertidal area; a rocky out?cropping; and a small patch of corals
Camp 5/8/2019
Diamantina National Park Sally Johnsen The choice of destination depends on road conditions for getting into the park after the flood waters recede.
If access into Diamantina NP is not safe, then we will visit another western location that has recently benefitted from rain and/or flood, but that has safe road access.
See more details here      To register click Register
Camp 5/10/2019 Queen's Birthday long weekend camp, Mount Clunie Cabins Greg & Annie Neill The property is on the southern slopes of Mt Clunie and borders the southern boundary of Mt Clunie National
Park. There is a possibility of a full day’s walk on Sunday, mostly along an unused road reserve, and on
Monday a half day walk along a rainforest track to the shoulder of Mt Clunie.
There is a very large grassed area that will be available for camping, vans and tents. Camp fees will apply (to
be advised). There is one cabin still available, the other is already booked. Phone 07 4666 5118 or email
bookings@mountcluniecabins.net to make a booking

Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au

QNC General Meetings

Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome

Where:    We meet at the Toowong Uniting Church Hall. This is located at 82 Sherwood Road, Toowong and is less than 200 metres from Toowong Village Shopping Centre, Toowong Railway Station & bus stops.

There is parking at 76 Sherwood Road for 12 cars.  Street parking is available.  Toowong Village parking is free  provided you enter after 6pm.

When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive

Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker.


The Club arranges about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions. 

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