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

*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



 Note;- Outings commence at 8am or 7:30am during Daylight-Saving Times

 Saturday 21st January: CATTAI WETLANDS: – Meet in the Wetlands Carpark. Turn right into Spring Hill Road, Coopernook from Pacific Highway approx. 1.5 km north of Harrington intersection. Follow road through gate into the carpark.

Thursday 2nd February: VIOLET HILL/ WALLINGAT NP: – Meet at the Bungwahl Store on The Lakes Way.

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February Inclusive: Weekend camp Tamworth: based at the City Lights Caravan Park on the Southern side of Tamworth -612/628 Goonoo Goonoo Road. Contact the park on (02) 6765 7664 – mention the birdwatchers to receive a discount. Arrive on Thursday 16th and depart Monday 20th.

Thursday 2nd March: SALTWATER/ MUDBISHOPS: meet at Saltwater Reserve (last parking bays).

Saturday 18th March: KILLABAKH – Meet at Judi Homewood’s property, 1378 Comboyne Road. Turn right into Combined St, follow into Dennes St, cross railway – turn right (Price St, Queen St then Comboyne Rd)  – .13km RHS

Thursday 6th April – MINIMBAH NATURE RESERVE: Meet at corner of Glen Ora and McKinnon Roads – Sth of Nabiac.

Saturday 15th April:  FIREFLY/GAY SARGENT’S PROPERTY: Meet at the corner of Wallanbah Road & Mobbs Lane. Take the Nabiac exit, cross over Pacific Highway into Wallanbah Road, through Dyers Crossing then right into Mobbs Lane16km.

Thursday 4th May: (Change of venue) SANDY POINT/ NEWBY’S LANE/ WARREN’S LANE –  Meet at Lansdowne General Store/Post Office. East Lansdowne Road

Saturday 20th May: TON O FUN ROAD/ FIRETRAIL/ DARAWANK RESERVE:  Meet at the trail entrance (Corrigans Rd) off Ton O Fun Road Darawank

Thursday 1st June- – CELITO BEACH /SANDBAR: meet at the Sandbar turn off along The Lakes Way approximately 5.3km South of Pacific Palms Recreation Club.

Saturday 17th June – KHAPPINGHAT NR/MOOR CK BOAT RAMP/BLACK HEAD: Meet on the left hand side of Diamond Beach Road just after the Panorama Drive Roundabout.

Thursday 6th July: WALLAMBA NATURE RESERVE: Meet Cnr. Pacific H’way/Crokers Rd: South of Nabiac 6km – take the U- turn bay on the Rt. Travel back North – 600 metres to Crokers Rd. on left. If you miss the U-turn, turn Rt at Wang Wauk Rd

Saturday 15th July: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  Details TBA

Thursday 3rd August: MT GEORGE / ROCKS CROSSING / CAFFREYS FLAT – meet at the Mt George General Store, on Nowendoc Rd.

Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th August inclusive: MID-WEEK CAMP details TBA

Thursday 7th September: BOOTI BOOTI NP LAKESIDE TRACK: Meet at carpark opposite Ruins camping ground entrance.

Saturday 16th September: MINIMBAH NR.-STHN TRAIL: Meet at corner of McKinnon and Glen Ora Rds. Sth of Nabiac.

Thursday 5th October: CATTAI WETLANDS: Turn right into Spring Hill Road, Coopernook from Pacific Highway approx. 1 km north of Harrington intersection. Meet at Wetlands Carpark through a gate at end of road.

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

Thursday 2nd November: COOMBA PARK FORESHORE RESERVE: Follow Coomba Road off the Lakes Way, continuing on until you reach the Foreshore Park on the Right (not the Aquatic Club reserve!) North side of village near public toilets.

Saturday 18th November: OXLEY ISLAND (Ashley Furner’s Property)/ MANNING POINT– Meet at Oxley Island Public School and then short distance to property as group

Saturday 9th 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.