It may be a long drive out here but Bowra Station is well worth it – it’s a birder’s paradise! Over 200 species of birds have been reported here so try to spend at least 3 days to give yourself a chance to see as many as possible. I can promise you it will be the highlight of your birding trip to Queensland!
Bowra Sanctuary is open to bird watching visitors from March to October each year. If you are coming from overseas, you will fly into Brisbane so make sure you are coming at the right time of year. You should avoid the wet season which is mostly Sept to early March anyways and if the roads flood you won’t be able to get through.
You must book in advance by ringing 07 4655 1238 or email email@example.com. They only have accommodation for 15 people in the shearers quarters and separate cabin if you aren’t prepared to camp. If Bowra is full and you can’t change your dates, ask the volunteer on duty if you can stay in Cunnamulla and make day visits. Bring cash as they don’t take credit cards. You can either prepare your own meals or drive 16 km to Cunnamulla to eat. I recommend doing your shopping in Brisbane and bringing your own food, maybe go into town for lunch and internet while the birds are resting.
They have a daily bird call around 5pm at the caretaker’s house so be sure to share your sightings for the day!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BOWRA STATION
Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary
Detailed map of Bowra Station
This is the mail box you need to look for.
It was still light when we arrived which was nice as we could enjoy the welcoming committee while driving to the homestead.
The light didn’t last long and we soon got to enjoy the sunset.
Homestead where the caretakers live. Check in here first.
Shearers quarters which has several rooms with twin beds, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. The toilets and showers are outside.
Sorry about the sideways pic, the WordPress photo editor isn’t working. Since your neck is already getting a work out, why not enjoy this beautiful tree refelcting in the pond just outside the shearers’ quarters!
In future posts, I will go into more detail about the birds as there are sooooo many to cover!