Birding Mosquito Creek Road Near Lake Coolmunda

Mosquito Creek Road is one of the top birding sites near Lake Coolmunda and less than 4 hours drive from Brisbane.

Coolmunda3It’s signposted from both directions and there is an Olive Farm at the beginning of the road.

IMG_0593 IMG_0411You’ll be driving down a well-maintained gravel road.  The properties on both sides are fenced and for private use so you have to do your birding from the roadside.  It’s a great place to bird though as the wide open grassy areas and sparser trees make it easier to find the birds.  You can drive past a small pond a few km to a more densely forested area but I found the birdlife decreased from entering that area so we went back to the grassy area near the pond.

We made a couple trips to Mosquito Road with just Ina & me, then returned a couple days later with the Birds Queensland group which I will cover in a separate post.


Plenty of kangaroos so drive slowly, don’t add to the road kill!


We saw lots of Little Corellas & Galahs.

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There was a tree that had a lot of Zebra Finches who sometimes came out to the wire fence to pose for photos.

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Willie Wagtails are found here and basically all over Australia.


For me, the highlight was seeing wild Cockatiels.  Cockatiels are very special to me, they are the first bird I had as a pet which ultimately led to my interest in birding and conservation.

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Horsfield’s Bushlark

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Very tempting!

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Australasian Darter



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Pale-headed Rosella