Causeway (western end)


A family of Little Friarbirds lives on the islands and can be seen anywhere along the causeway.

Both species of Fairy-wrens have recently moved onto the islands.

Scan the mud flats, water and reeds, especially around the north island. You may be lucky and spot a Crake, Night Heron or Little Bittern, which have been seen from this location. The large melaleucas and casuarinas on the central island, just to your south, are a favoured winter haunt of Grey Fantail and both Rufous and Golden Whistler. Other less common small ‘song birds’ may turn up here. This is a good spot to see an Olive-backed Oriole among the numerous Figbirds.

Royal Spoonbill and Great and Intermediate Egrets can be found along the edges of both lakes. They are well used to human presence and can provide good opportunities for photography.

The Arboretum’s waterbirds are at their best when the rest of southern Queensland is in drought. Sherwood Arboretum is a very reliable spot for fresh water. Magpie Geese have bred here in some years.

Eurasian Coots and Australasian Grebes are often on the lakes. However, both vary in numbers more than one might expect for species that do not fly well. Eurasian Coot can be missing for months, then 20 or so may appear. Royal Spoonbills are here about 30 per cent of the time while White-faced Herons are seen less often. There are regularly one to three Australasian Darters.

Look out for

  • Little Friarbirds
  • Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-wrens
  • Pheasant Coucals
  • Night Heron
  • Little Bittern
  • Grey Fantail
  • Rufous and Golden Whistler
  • Olive-backed Oriole
  • Australasian Figbirds
  • Royal Spoonbill
  • Great and Intermediate Egrets
  • Magpie Geese
  • Eurasian Coots
  • Australasian Grebes
  • White-faced Herons
  • Australasian Darter



Golden Whistler


Eusrasian Coot


Australasian Grebe


White-faced Heron


Rufous Whistler


Royal Spoonbill


Red-backed Fairy-wren


Pheasant Coucal


Olive-backed Oriole


Magpie Goose


Little Friarbird


Intermediate Egret