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 Birdlife Australia’s advice on feeding wild birds

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

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

*click here for video of ‘ROBINS’


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.



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Manning Great Lakes Birdwatchers Inc
  • Postal Address: PO Box 281, Forster NSW 2428
  • Phone: 0431 878 395
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Note – All outings commence at 8:00 am or 7:30 am during Eastern Daylight-Saving Times

 Saturday 20th January: GRASS TREE TRAIL /HARRINGTON FORESHORE/ BREAK WALL. Meet at Corner Harrington & Industrial Roads.

Thursday 1st February: BOOTI BOOTI FIRETRAIL/ SAILING CLUB. Meet at beach access carpark on Lakes Way opposite North Booti Booti Firetrail. M/Tea & Lunch at Sailing Club (amenities)

Tuesday 13thth to Thursday 15th February inclusive: Mid-week camp Inverell. Arriving Monday 12th depart Friday 16th. Based at Inverell Caravan Park on the corner of Glen Innes and Tingha roads. Ph 6722 3036 for bookings or visit their website for other information

Thursday 7th March: MUDBISHOPS: meet opposite Old Bar Caravan Park near airstrip on left. Lunch at Saltwater NR (amenities)

Saturday 16th March: CATTAI WETLANDS: Turn right into Spring Hill Road, Coopernook from Pacific Highway approx. 1 km north of Harrington intersection. Meet at Wetlands Carpark at end of road

Thursday 4th April: MINIMBAH NATURE RESERVE FIRETRAILS: Meet at corner of McKinnon and Glen Ora Roads Sth of Nabiac

Saturday 20th April: HANNAMVALE/ISAAC’S LANE /JERUSALEM ROAD. Morning Tea Hannam Vale Reserve- coffee/food at Hannamvale General Store: Lunch Johns River rest stop. Meet at Cnr Isaacs lane and Stewarts River Road off Pacific Highway

Thursday 2nd May: BROWN’S CREEK. Meet at parking in front of Sailing Club in River Street. Lunch at Rotary Park near Aquatic Centre (Amenities). Birding also behind Recreation Centre along the river verge

 Saturday 18th May: NERANIE HEAD: Meet at Corner Seal Rocks /Neranie Roads

Thursday 6th June: TOWIBACH NR MANNING POINT: M/Tea & lunch at Manning Point Vic Shoesmith Reserve. Turn left into Carramarr Drive off Manning Point Road 500m past Mitchell Island Public School. Meet and park at Intersection

Saturday 15th June: BIGHT CEMETERY/ BIGHT ROAD /WINGHAM BRUSH NR. M/tea & Lunch at Wingham Brush- meet at the Bight Cemetery off Tinonee Rd.

Thursday 4th July: KATTANG N/R DUNBOGAN: Morning tea/Lunch Pilot Beach Reserve. Meet in carpark at entrance to Perpendicular Point Walk– end of Camden head Rd.

Saturday 20th July: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  Details TBA

Thursday 1st August: LOCKETTS CROSSING/BRUSHY CREEK. Morning Tea/lunch at Brushy Creek amenities Coolongolook Oval. Meet behind Ampol Service Station Coolongolook

Saturday 17th August: TON O FUN ROAD FIRETRAIL/DARAWANK RESERVE: Meet at the trail entrance (Corrigans Rd) off Ton O Fun Road Darawank

Thursday 5th September: 1 MILE BEACH BOARDWALK/BENNETT’S HEAD/BICENTENNIAL WALK: Turn into Strand St at Forster Bowling Club and continue to very end to carpark on Rt. M Tea/lunch/amenities birding at Tanks Reserve Bicentennial Park

Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September Inclusive – SPRING CAMP TBA

Thursday 3rd October: KHAPPINGHAT NR/ MAGPIE CREEK/MOORE CREEK TRAIL/MOORE CREEK BOAT RAMP.  Lunch at Blackhead (amenities). Meet on left just past Diamond Beach Road/Panorama Drive Roundabout

Saturday 19th October:  MINIMBAH NATURE RESERVE: Meet at corner of McKinnon and Glen Ora Roads Sth of Nabiac

Thursday 7th November: COOPERNOOK WETLANDS/COOPERNOOK SF. Meet at wetlands just past intersection of Pacific Highway into Coopernook Road. M/T & Lunch at campground (Toilets)

Saturday 16th November: CATTAI WETLANDS: Turn right into Spring Hill Road, Coopernook from Pacific Highway approx. 1 km north of Harrington intersection. Meet at Wetlands Carpark at end of road

 Saturday 7th December: XMAS LUNCH – Details 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.