QNC Events


Type Date Description Person/Presenter Information
Camp 5/5/2018 LABOUR DAY WEEKEND POTTSVILLE ENVIRONMENT PARK Barney Hines This excursion to coastal northern N.S.W. will be based at the Pottsville Environment Park, a 54 hectares area of coastal vegetation adjacent to the township of Pottsville and set between the two arms of Cudgera Creek. Within the Park is a level camping area adjacent to the Environment Centre building which has a large meeting space, kitchen with refrigerator, showers and toilets.
There are over 4km of walking tracks.The main vegetation communities are based on Swamp Box, Broad-leaved Paperbark, Black She-oak, Pink Bloodwood and Brush Box with Mangrove and tidal wetland communities along the creek. A number of threatened or otherwise significant plant species have been identified there.It is hoped to explore also some nearby areas such as the marine life in Cudgera Creek at Hastings Point and the beach dune vegetation.
Excursion 13/5/2018 Lloyd Bird Environmental Park Helen Schwencke We will start with a view of the Brisbane River near the Mt Crosby Weir. Then we’ll explore Lloyd Bird Environmental Park, where many of the native ground covers are scarce and replaced by invasive species. The BCC has a reserve across the road called Scriven St North Reserve where the ground covers are more intact. The Regional Ecosystems to be visited are described as of “least concern”.
Excursion 19/5/2018 KOALA CROSSING reserve near Peak Crossing Barry Jahnke This day excursion will be to the Queensland Trust for Nature reserve, "Koala Crossing", which has a common boundary with the Flinders-Goolman Reserve, north-east of the township of Peak Crossing. In its 562 hectares, it has at least four ecosystems in the woodlands and open forests with some rainforest understorey. In recent years about 800,000 trees have been planted, including those which are known to be koala food plants.
Meeting 21/5/2018 C T White Lecture. The Life of E. J. “Kalbar” Smith a naturalist. Dr Darren Schneider Ernest Smith was born in England in 1877 and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1887. Though clever at school, he had to forego schooling opportunities and, as a young plumber, found himself in the pioneering Fassifern district, and eventually the township of Kalbar.
Encouraged by a radio broadcast by The State Botanist C T White in the 1930s, he started studying plants and with further encouragement, through correspondence with C T White, went on to become an accomplished amateur naturalist and local historian. He was an active member of the Queensland Naturalists’ Club and left a legacy of dozens of articles published in the Fassifern Guardian and The Queensland Naturalist.
Excursion 10/6/2018 Little Ugly Creek area, Moggill Regional Park Helen Schwencke This park entrance is well maintained with relatively low weed incursion, with diverse ground covers. Our path, depending on our walking speed, may take us through a number of different regional Ecosystem types that are of least concern. The area we’ll be exploring drains into Kholo Creek, close to the Brisbane River. The nearbyQNC News 337 7 Mar - Apr 2018 “Ugly Gully” was once a well-known swimming hole in the 1960s & 1970, though now over grown with invasive plants and difficult to access.
Excursion 16/6/2018 City Botanic Gardens Barry Jahnke & Ross Muller The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's heritage Gardens founded in 1855 on land surveyed as a botanic
reserve in 1828 and worked as a convict farm until 1842. Its first curator, Walter Hill, set about transforming a
patch of clear-felled riparian scrub into an English parkland garden resplendent with the exotic Jacaranda and the indigenous Moreton Bay Fig, and the Bunya and Hoop Pines. At the same time the Gardens became the 'Cradle of Queensland Agriculture' as Hill trialed a wide variety of plants as potential cash crops for farmers.
Excursion 14/7/2018 Coolum Beach Myriam Preker and Ian Lawn An afternoon excursion. The low tide is at 14:44; tidal height 0.04m.
Details in July-August news.
Camp 16/9/2018 Annual long excursion. Binya National Park and Bowra Sanctuary. Neil Fordyce and Janet White The long excursion for 2018 will be to Binya National Park and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Bowra Sanctuary near Cunnamulla. The trip will comprise a week at Binya and a week at Bowra.
Binya is a small national park situated on the Warrego and Cuttaburra Creek flood plains 110km South of Cunnamulla. It is an isolated park with few facilities so requires some level of self-sufficiency. Binya is not well surveyed so QNC can make a significant contribution to the knowledge of the park. more on Binya
Bowra Sanctuary is a 140 km² nature reserve near Cunnamulla in South West Queensland, Australia. It lies in the Mulga Lands bioregion on the Warrego River plains, in the catchment of the Warrego and Paroo Rivers.

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:  Note change of venue. In the foreseeable future, we will be meeting 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 at 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. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form