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                   Please note that QNC excursions and meetings will be subject to special rules during the Covid19 pandemic click here and attendees must register by email (see below)

 PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE ATTENDING.  EXCURSIONS: excursion@qnc.org.au and MEETINGS: meetings@qnc.org.au

Activity Type Date Activity
Name
Description of Activity Site Information
Long Weekend Excursion
(Cancelled)
Friday 30/09/22
to
Monday 03/10/22

London Creek, SunshinLeader: Judy Haines

This excursion has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for another time

 
Cancelled  
Meeting Monday
17/10/22
General Meeting
Speakers: Murray and Jeanette Watson
Topic: Eyre Bird Observatory, Western Australia
QNC members Murray and Jeanette Watson have been caretakers at the Eyre Bird Observatory (EBO) on the Nullabor Plain in Western Australia on two separate occasions. The first, in Autumn 2017, followed a disastrous wildfire which decimated flora and fauna. Their second time at EBO was from May to July in 2021. During the presentation they will make comparisons on the flora and fauna between the two periods.
Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, Toowong Uniting Church Hall (venue location details below)
Mid-Week Excursion
(4 night camp)
24/10/22
to
28/10/22
Mount Kaputar
Leaders:
Cathie Duffy and Ruth Palsson


Registration: Please register by sending an email to excursions@qnc.org.au, with details of all people attending in your party and a contact phone number. lease put “Kaputar” as the subject.
Three days on the mountain is not very long! So, we suggest participants drive Brisbane to Narrabri on Sunday 23 Oct 2022 and over night in Narrabri. Drive up to Kaputar on Monday morning 23 Oct and set up camp ready for an afternoon walk out to Lindsay Rock Tops, which is a more or less level walk out to an old lava flow with great views and cliff lines with a suggested time of one hour. We will take longer and have a good look! We can discuss possible activities for the next three days; and discuss activities on participants bucket lists.

Possible activities: Sunset/sunrise from Mt Kaputar, on track and off-track wanders in a variety of habitats. Check out some plants confined to Mt Kaputar or even just confined to The Governor or confined to a very small area on Mt Coryah or go looking for more populations of that plant! It’s a native tobacco. Hunt for the famous pink slugs. Spotlighting is always an option. Basically, walks of 5 to 10 km each day depending on conditions. Some walks may involve some small amounts of scrambling.

Tuesday, 24 Oct. Go out to The
Governor in the morning (One and a half hour round trip, so we plan to use at least three hours and include morning tea). We will see an undescribed Melichrus and Coronidium kaputaricum which is confined to the basaltic cliffs of Mt Kaputar and The Governor. After lunch, we will take a wander along the Bundabulla Link Track to the communications towers on Mt Dowe.

Wednesday and Thursday will be planned at the campfire the night before. Possible destinations are:
Any of the marked tracks; Mitchell Dyke; one of the best lookouts in Australia! Put -30.295566, 150.108163 into Google
Maps; or
wander over the rocky outcrop at -30.267039, 150.053583. This is the only known location of Zieria odorifera subsp. copelandii. At the end of the drought, only three plants were known to be alive.
Accommodation: Members are responsible for booking their own accommodation. There is a campsite at Dawsons Spring Campground, which has hot showers!! plus picnic tables and BBQ facilities.

To book
a campsite:
https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-
accommodation/campgrounds/dawsons-spring-campground.

Caravans and Motorhomes are NOT permitted beyond the national park entrance.

Bring the usual camping equipment including warm clothes. You will be camping at 1500 m above sea level, and it is often 10°C cooler than at Narrabri. Days will be warm to hot. We always use walking poles for most of the tracks on Kaputar. Most tracks have rocky sections.

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

 Excursions

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 or full day local excursions, through to week-end camps, and 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.