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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)

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

Type Event_Date Description Person/Presenter Information

6-03-2021 Dragonfly & damselfly outing
Goomburra, Main Range NP
Chris Burwell & Ron Hobson

Meet in the Manna Gum camping area at 8:30 am (note earlier time from previous version) with an expected finish time of 3pm. Directions and additional information will be emailed to attendees on registration. This outing will have a focus on dragonflies and damselflies.

Goomburra has a diverse fauna of stream-inhabiting species and weather permitting we will search along creeks in both open forest and rainforest. All three species of spectacular blue and black rockmaster damselflies (species of Diphlebia) occur in the area as do both species of large, secretive needles (damselflies in the genus Synlestes). Bring along your cameras as it will be a great opportunity to capture images of some species that are infrequently encountered in south-eastern Queensland. Binoculars are also strongly recommended, which can also be used for birding; the area has an excellent mixture of open forest and rainforest species.

Meeting 15-03-2021
Honey eaters in Brisbane Dr Richard Noske Despite the ubiquity, overwhelming dominance and ecological importance of eucalypts in Australia’s sclerophyll forests, there has been almost no quantitative studies of their flowering phenology in SE Queensland. Bee-keepers are among the few people with an interest in this topic, for obvious reasons. This talk combines the observations of apiarists with my long-term study of flowering times. As honeyeaters are pollinators of eucalypt species, I will also discuss the foraging ecology and breeding seasons of honeyeaters, about which surprisingly little is known.
Excursion 21-3-2021 Mt Mellum Ian and Chrissie McMaster This excursion will take place on the private property of Ian and Chrissie McMaster, which includes a 100ha Nature Refuge on the western side of Mt Mellum. Meet 8.30am at the house. From Brisbane CBD it will take about 1 hour 20 minutes to get ther.  Directions are in the QNC News No. 354, or will be provided upon registration. NOTE: Follow the written directions from the owners, not your GPS.  When you register, put MT MELLUM in the subject line, and include names and contact details for all people attending.  
Camp 02-04-2021 Easter camp, Utopia, Boompa Barney Hines ‘Utopia’, Boompa, a property adjacent to Mt Walsh NP, has been visited by the club twice before, the last time in 2012. Tony and Fiona Baylis will again be our hosts for this Easter camp visit.
The property offers an interesting range of habitat – forests, streams, and dams. We plan to have at least one day trip into the National Park, exploring some creek habitat along with views of the steep slopes and rock outcrops of the Mt Walsh massif.
The campsite is flat with room for tents and camper trailers, and easily accessible by 2WD. There is a flushing toilet, which will be complemented by club pits. Some on site accommodation with showers and toilets is available –contact the leader to discuss if interested. People can arrive a day early and leave a day later – advise this when registering. All attendees must take their rubbish home, and although tank water is available people are encouraged to bring their own drinking water.
Include all names and mobile numbers when registering. Maximum 40 attendees.
Excursion 21-04-2021 JC Trotter Memorial Park, Cherbon Street, Burbank TBA Drive aprox. 700m along Cherbon St to the entrance on the left, then park along the road.  Bring morning tea and lunch. When you register put JC TROTTER PARK in the subject line, and include names and contact details for all people attending.  NOTE: There are no toilets; the nearest are at the Caltex petrol station.
Camp 30-04-2021 Camp - location to be Advised Barney Hines Location is yet to be decided; details will be added when available.  When you register, put MAY LONG WEEKEND CAMP in the subject line, and include names and contact details for all people attending.  
Excursion 14-05-2021 Cooloola BioBlitz Barney Hines If you are interested in coordinating or participating in this event, please email excursion@qnc.org.au, put BIOBLITZ in the subject line, and put details of what involvement you are interested in. The blitz will be held over 3 days Friday to Sunday inclusive.

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.


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.