Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers Inc

New Holland (above) & White Cheeked Honeyeaters


The Lower Manning Valley surrounding Taree and the Wallis Lake area around Forster / Tuncurry are each a paradise for birdwatchers. Numerous National Parks, State Forests and Nature Reserves contain a variety of natural vegetation types including rainforest, woodland, coastal heath and tidal estuaries hosting many species of birds.

The Lower Mid North Coast is fringed by endless kilometres of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and rugged cliffs providing many opportunities to view seabirds as well as dolphins and whales. Visitors will enjoy easy access to most areas by conventional vehicles, with 4 wheel drive(s) tracks available for the more adventurous. Many species of waterbirds, bushbirds and raptors, including nests, can be viewed along the pristine waterways of The Manning River or Wallis Lake. Regular cruises are available and small self-skippered boats can be hired. Accommodation is available to cater for all needs.

** click here for a video of some of our local birds  **

These two Monarchs can be seen on the Mid North Coast in summer

Download the Brochure or the separate Checklist from the links below.The list includes the land and freshwater birds reliably recorded in the Manning Valley and Great Lakes area as well as the common seabirds to be seen from the coast. Some have been seen only once or a few times in recent years, or are known now only from a small area while others can be seen any day in appropriate habitat. Any unusual sightings or suggestions regarding this list or brochure may be forwarded to the address below and would be greatly appreciated.


36 Royal Spoonbills seen recently at Forster


Download Local Bird Checklist 

Download 2021/2022 Membership Application

Download Outings and Camps for 2021


Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers Inc
  • Postal Address: PO Box 281, Forster NSW 2428
  • Phone: 0431 878 395


Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers OUTINGS AND CAMPS FOR YEAR 2021

Note – All outings commence at 8:00 am or 7:30 am during Eastern Daylight Saving Times

Saturday 16th January: Sandy Point / Newby’s lane / Warren’s Lane – meet at Lansdowne General Store, East Lansdowne Road.

Thursday 4th February: Harrington Foreshore/ Break wall, and Sewerage Treatment Trail. Meet at the Marine Rescue Building Harrington.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February Inclusive: Yamba. Arrive Thursday 18th depart Monday 22nd.

 Thursday 4th March: Celito Beach Bush walk/Sandbar – meet at the Sandbar turnoff along The Lakes Way (approx 5.3kms south of Pacific Palms Rec. Club).

 Saturday 20th March: Cruise Port Macquarie. –CANCELLED      Now at BRiMBIN Nature Reserve; meet at the corner of Cedar Party Road & Old Port Macquarie Road at 7.30am. Brimbin outing CANCELLED  due to rain event.

 Thursday 1st April:  Booroowhangary (6989 The Bucketts Way) – meet at Shell Service Station on the BuckettsWay approx 1km west of Purfleet roundabout.

 Saturday 17th April: Bungwahl Creek/ Serene Close Bushwalk / Lunch at Darawank Memorial Park. Turn into Aquatic Road, Sth. of Failford Road, off Lakes Way and meet at Caravan Park.

Thursday 6th May: Coopernook State Forest – meet at parking area Coopernook Road approx 100m from corner (turn left from Pacific Highway at southern entrance to Coopernook.

 Saturday 15th May: Point road/morning tea Tuncurry Breakwall Precinct/ lunch Chapmans Park Tuncurry. Meet car park just past Tuncurry boat ramp.

 Thursday 3rd June: ** Note Change**   Corrigans Road Firetrail / Darawank War Memorial Park. Meet at 8AM at the entrance to the firetrail off Ton O Fun Road, almost opp Failford Rd on The  Lakes Way.

 Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June inclusive: Weekend camp at Dunbogan. Details TBA.

 Thursday 1st July : Booti Booti Firetrail, Sailing Club, Greenpoint. Meet at beach access carpark on Lakes way opposite North Booti Booti Firetrail

 Saturday 17th July: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Venue TBA.

 Thursday 5th August: Neranie Head/Horse Point Road. Meet at Bungwahl Store Lakes Way.

 Saturday 21st August: Port Macquarie River Cruise

 Thursday 2nd September:  Firefly/Mobbs Lane/Gay Sargent’s proper

Saturday 18th September:  Cattai Wetlands. Meet in Wetlands Carpark.

 Arrive Sunday 3rd October Depart Monday 11th: WEEK LONG CAMP Venue Coonabarrabran.- CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

 Saturday 16th October: Minimbah Nature Reserve via Nabiac. Meet at the corner of Glen Ora and McKinnon Roads just South of Nabiac.

Saturday 23rd October  Port Macquarie Cruise Bookings essential

 Thursday 4th November: Hunter Wetlands Centre / Stockton Spit/ Meet at Wetlands Centre at 9 am.

Saturday 20st November: Coopernook Swamp/Coopernook Showground/Harrington Rain Forest.

Saturday 11th December: CHRISTMAS DINNER. – booking essential


* For Members only;-

 Our club emblem can be embroidered on your own shirt/cap/other garment for only $10, from Daniel at 16 Hawaii Avenue, Forster, – phone number 6555 7029. He also has a choice of shirts available.

Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers Club badges are also available. They can be pin or magnet and are obtained by contacting Taree Engraving Services at 7 Avon Place, Forster – Phone number 6555 2227.