New South Wales

Birding Information

Barren Grounds Bird Observatory
Situated in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, a 2,000 hectare plateau on the Illawarra escarpment, which is a little closer to Sydney than Canberra. Barren Grounds is home to many threatened species, including the Eastern Bristlebird, Ground Parrot, Giant Burrowing Frog and Long-nosed Potoroo. The Reserve contains 181 species of birds, 500 plant species, 32 species of reptiles and amphibians and 34 native and 6 introduced mammal species. There are many walks of different lengths and difficulty. All of the walks pass through such a variety of habitats there is always something interesting to see. Limited research-type lodging may be available for longer stays.

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map, covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports.

Echuca District Outings
The Echuca Branch of the Bird Observers Club of Australia lists its field trips and at the end of their site have a list of good birding spots.

Sydney Field Trips
The Cumberland Bird Observers' Club conducts at least 40 birdwatching trips every year all over the greater Sydney region.


Sea Eagle Lodge
The lodge is situated on the NSW coast midway between Melbourne and Sydney and three hours drive from Canberra and has a checklist.

Tours and Guides

Aussie Bushabout Holidays
Aussie Bushabout Holidays and staff endeavor to provide ecotours tours for small groups guided by a true "bushman" who lives in the area and knows all the secret locations and staying in wilderness cabin accommodations.

Emu Tours
An Australian company specializing in 7-14 day birding tours throughout the country plus short tours around Sydney.

The Wollongong Pelagics alone have recorded over 75 species, which is over a third of the worlds seabirds. Regular pelagic trips leave from Sydney.


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Updated 01/20/05