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

Bird Watch Outings 2022


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




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


Saturday 15th January: ISAACS LANE/ Hannam Vale Reserve M/tea /Jerusalem Rd/Lunch Johns River rest stop. Meet at Cnr Isaacs lane and Stewarts River Road off Pacific Highway

Thursday 3rd February: VIOLET HILL/ WALLINGAT NP: Meet at Bungwahl Store Lakes Way

Saturday 19th February: CRUISE: Port Macquarie cruise up Limeburners Creek

Thursday 3rd March: CATTAI WETLANDS: Turn right into Spring Hill Road, Coopernook from Pacific Highway approx 1.5km north of Harrington T/O. Meet at carpark at end of road

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March Inclusive: LONG WEEKEND TRIP: Mungo Brush.

Thursday 7th April – MINIMBAH NATURE RESERVE: Meet at corner of McKinnon and Glen Ora Roads Sth of Nabiac

Saturday 23rd April – (note date change)  FIREFLY / GAY SARGENT’S PROPERTY – Meet corner Wallanbah Road & Mobbs Lane. Take Nabiac exit from Pacific Highway into Wallanbah Road, travel 16km through Dyers Crossing then turn right into Mobbs Lane

Thursday 5th May: BIGHT CEMETERY/WINGHAM BRUSH: Meet at Cemetery 145 Tinonee Rd, Wingham about 1.5 Klm south of the Tinonee Road Bridge over the Manning River

Saturday 21st May: KILLABAKH – Meet at Judi Homewood’s property, 1378 Comboyne Road (turn right into Farquhar St. Wingham, cross roundabout, right into Price Street, becomes Queen Street and then becomes Comboyne Road

Thursday 2nd June- NERANIE HEAD/HORSE POINT RD: Meet at Bungwahl Store Lakes Way

Saturday 18th June – TINONEE: Deans Creek Road/Tallships Reserve M/Tea/Lunch. Meet at Tinonee General Store

Thursday 7th July: WALLAMBA NATURE RESERVE: Meet Cnr. Pacific H’way/Crokers Rd: Drive past Nabiac and look for a U- turn bay on the Rt. Travel north about 600 metres to Crokers Rd. on left. If you miss the U-turn, turn at Wang Wauk Rd

Saturday 16th July: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  Details TBA

Thursday 4th August: FORSTER-Southern Parkway Walk/Forster foreshore to Beachbums/ M/Tea/Lunch on Foreshore. Meet at entrance to walk opposite number 30 Southern Parkway at the stormwater culvert and ponds on Right

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August: LONG WEEKEND TRIP: PORT MACQUARIE

Thursday 1st September – SALTWATER RESERVE / MUDBISHOP’S – meet at the Saltwater Reserve last parking bays on left

Saturday 17th September: BRIMBIN NATURE RESERVE. From Taree, turn Rt. into Cedar Party Rd 500m before Mayo Hospital. Turn Rt. into Old Port Macquarie road and meet at the corner. Continue in Convoy on to NR, birding along way

 Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th October Inclusive – SPRING CAMPOUT Coonabarabran /Warrumbungles NP: Arrive Sun 2nd depart Monday 10th

Saturday 15th October – O’SULLIVANS GAP: Myall Lakes NP. Meet in Wootton opposite Worth St intersection on Rt

Thursday 3rd November – HARRINGTON (incl. Break wall, Foreshore & Rainforest walk) – meet at the Marine Rescue Building Harrington

Saturday 19th November – RED HEAD- Rainforest Walk/Blackhead: Meet at the very end of Red Head Road at Carpark.

Saturday 10th December- Xmas outingDetails TBA


 * 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.