QNC Events


Type Date Description Leader/Presenter Information
Meeting 20/5/2019 CT White Lecture Kevin Lamprell Dr John Healy Kevin Lamprell, over a period spanning almost 20 years, thrust the Australian Bivalvia into amateur and academic prominence. A remarkable achievement for a man who spent much of his life as a plumber. Kevin's dedication to Malacology after his retirement earned him many accolades, culminating in the award of a Doctor of Philosophy from Griffith University in 2000.
It was Kevin's obsessive enthusiasm for bringing his hobby to public attention, that has led to his milestone publication on world-wide Spondylidae.  Bivalves as a group of molluscs have always played second fiddle to their more illustrious gastropod cousins. Much of this bias is attributable to the natural beauty possessed by popular gastropod groups such as cowries, cones and volutes, or the raw visual appeal that comes from their form such as the intricate spination of the Muricidae. In the Spondylidae, all these attributes merge in a tangle of colour and spines that surely makes this group the most glamorous of bivalve families


Ben Bennett Bushland Park  
Lil Spadijer This bushland is close to the centre of Caloundra. The park and adjacent botanical garden have five different natural habitats to explore: lowland rainforest, open Eucalypt forest, wet and dry heathland and Melaleuca woodland. There are self-guided walks from 800 m to 1100 m in length (return), including a little climb. It is a great place for birdwatching but be early as you won’t see any birds during the day. Hopefully, there will also be some fungi.  Scribbly Gum and the giant Tallowwood dominate the area.
There is plenty of parking but be early as the park is also used by the locals. The park also has toilets, tap water and BBQ.
Meeting 20/06/2019

In search of an endangered gecko (Gympie broad-tailed gecko) in a rock pile

Dan Ferguson

The Gympie broad-tailed gecko, Phyllurus kabikabi appears to be one of Queensland’s most narrowly distributed and least known reptile species. It was known from a single rocky outcrop within a small protected area west of Gympie in south-eastern Queensland. Over the following two decades, since first being discovered in 1997, less than ten animals had been recorded at this small outcrop in moist semi-evergreen vine forest. Dan Ferguson, an Ecologist from the Department of Environment and Science, will explain how a novel survey technique has helped to increase our knowledge of this cryptic species.

Camp 5/8/2019
Possible long  excursion to
Diamantina National Park
tba 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.

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. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form