QNC Events


Type Date Description Leader/Presenter Information
Meeting 17/06/2019

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.

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.

Bring: Morning tea plus something to sit on, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen etc.
Directions: Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking area at the end of Burnett Place, which runs off Brighton Road, Sandgate

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.
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

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. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form