Field trips and events

Public Forum

Northern Australia – the new development frontier?

Northern Australia has some of the world’s most extensive intact savannah woodlands and pristine river systems. This is an area encompassing the tropical regions of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. It is also an area of significant cultural values for indigenous communities, many relying on its ecosystem services. Australian governments of all persuasions have identified Northern Australia as part of our country’s future economic development. For example, the Liberal-National Government committed $500 million towards development of water infrastructure. Will we make the same mistakes we have in other parts of Australia and incur environmental and social costs? Or can we chart a sustainable development path? If so what would this look like?

Please join our expert panel to discuss different sustainability scenarios for northern Australia.

Social Events

Opening reception July 5, 2016 6:00pmPicture1

Please join as at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for our welcoming reception July 5, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00pm to meet your fellow conference attendees. Light refreshments will be served.  This event is included in your registration, however please indicate your intent to attend and book your ticket during registration.  Additional tickets are available for purchase during registration ($15).

Students’ lunch with the plenary speakers July 8, 2016 1:00pm

Your opportunity to get to know our plenary speakers over lunch. Register your interest here.

Closing Dinner July 8, 2016 6:00pm

Please join us in the Boulevard Room and Northern Terrace at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for our closing dinner. This will be an informal and fun way to end the conference. The views from the Northern Terrace can’t be beat!  Tickets can be purchased for $35.

Field Trips

Morning bird walks July 5-8 

We will be offering guided early morning bird walks (5:00 am – 8:00 am) around Brisbane led by knowledgeable local guides July 5 through 8. The destinations will vary depending on conditions and sightings, but expect to observe a large variety of local birds. There are 10 available spots for each morning.  Registration costs support transport to and from bird walk sites.

  • Time: 5:00 am – 8:00 am
  • Cost: $10
  • Transport from central meeting point included

Full day trip to Lamington National Park (Binna Burra) Saturday July 9th

Jessie M (1)Day long trip to the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, located approximately 100km from Brisbane. Hike 14 km along the Dave’s Creek circuit and the side circuit Tullawallal. Along the guided walk you will experience five different ecosystems: warm subtropical rainforest, cool temperate rainforest including the northernmost location of the once widespread Antarctic Beech forest (Nothofagus moorei), most of the world’s warm temperature rainforest characterised by unique Coachwood trees (Ceratopetalum apetalum), Mallee forest, wet schlerophyll and montane heath. The walk will take you to a couple of stunning lookouts including Surprise rock and Numinbah Valley Lookout.

Lamington National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed ‘Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’ originally listed in 1986 to cover rainforests in New South Wales, and extended in 1994 to include rainforests on the Queensland side of the border (called the Border Ranges). For more information on the Gondwana Rainforests see:

  • Time: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Cost: $90
  • Bus from central meting point included
  • All day guided tour including tea and lunch.

Please note, this walk is rated Class 4 (Australian Standards):

  • Distinct tracks with junctions sign-posted, rough track surfaces with some exposed roots and rocks.
  • Variable in width; muddy sections, steep grades and steps may be encountered.
  • May be extensively overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees and rockfalls likely to be present.
  • Caution needed at creek crossings, cliff edges and naturally occurring lookouts.
  • Moderate fitness level with previous experience and ankle-supporting footwear strongly recommended.


Full day trip to Mt Glorious (Maiala Walk + Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre) Saturday July 9th

Day long trip with an easy walk through the subtropical rainforest of D’Aguilar National Park, which lies on the doorstep of Brisbane city (just a 15 minute drive to the start of the park), and a stop at a wildlife centre, Walk About Creek, to see native Australian wildlife including reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals. The centre also features common wombats and platypus in the Gondwana platypus rock pool. Along the Maiala circuit walk, you will see stunning subtropical rainforest, and majestic Sydney blue gums (Eucalyotus saligna) that were once the dominant vegetation here but were logged from the area prior to the forest being declared National Park.

  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $90
  • Bus from central meting point included
  • All day guided tour including tea and lunch and entry into Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre

Oxley Common bird walk with Hugh Possingham Sunday July 10th

Bird walk with Professor Hugh Possingham at Oxley Common preserve. Professor Possingham has been birding these fields and wetlands almost every week since 2002. It is common for him to point out more than 70 species of birds during the approximately three hour walk, as well as interesting plants and restoration actions on the site. The walk is along a well maintained trail and is flat and easy. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

  • Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Cost: $10
  • Morning tea included
  • Participants need to arrange their own transport to Oxley Common preserve

Post-conference Events

Queensland Ornithological Conference

July 9, 2016, Brisbane

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Steve Murphy (hear the latest research on the Night Parrot), Dr Richard Fuller, Dr Leo Joseph & Dr Gary Fitt.

Call for abstracts will close on April 25th, 2016
For questions, abstract formatting guidelines, or to request conference updates e-mail:

Further updates will be posted in coming months: