Bowra visitor program
Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary has a long reputation as a reliable birding site with a bird list of over two hundred species, including nine threatened species. All four species of Australian Babblers are present and the rare Grey Falcon breeds on the sanctuary.
Bowra is open to bird watching visitors from the end of March to October each year. Visitors are welcome to travel about the sanctuary on well-maintained dirt tracks seeking birds or other wildlife. During August and September the place can be alive with wildflowers.
A number of bird monitoring programs are in place and all visitors are encouraged to assist. The main program is a daily Bird Call which records the species seen each day and fixed route survey forms are available for those who wish to assist in bird monitoring.
Bird lists and maps are supplied for all visitors. Our volunteers and other visitors are also a wonderful source of bird information.
Accommodation and facilities
There are two types of built accommodation at Bowra:
- A small self-contained cottage, which accommodates four.
- The Shearers’ Quarters which accommodates 11, in six one or two bed rooms. The Quarters share the kitchen, common dining and meeting area. The showers and toilets for the Quarters are in adjoining buildings.
Both buildings have 240v power, hot water, kitchen with a stove, microwave, toaster, cooking pots and utensils, crockery and cutlery. Detergents and tea towels are supplied. All beds have sheets, blankets, pillows, doonas and electric blankets for cold winter nights. Towels are provided.
All visitors must take their rubbish off the property.
Camping is in open areas adjacent to the buildings and around a nearby lagoon. There are facilities for a few caravans or camper trailers to access 240v power. This power is quite limited and not suitable for air conditioning, heating, cooking or other power-hungry uses. Campers use the same showers and toilets as those staying in the Quarters. There is also plenty of bore water on the property.
Open fires of any type are not permitted.
All costs are per person per day.
- Cottage $47
- Quarters $37
- Camping & Caravans $12
- Power for vans an extra $5 per day per van
- Day visitors $10 per day
- Power for charging small batteries no charge
Bookings are essential. **Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed from 28 April to 4 May 2017 inclusive for management purposes.
- Phone: 07 4655 1238. Should no one answer, please leave a message and contact details and your call will be returned. As volunteers are often out working the best time to ring is 7:30 to 8:00pm.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, 887 Humeburn Rd, CUNNAMULLA QLD 4490. As mail is delivered only twice weekly it sometimes takes over a week for mail to arrive.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.
There is a limit on how many people Bowra’s facilities can accommodate. Without a booking you may be unable to access accommodation and may be turned away.
There are no facilities on site to accept card payment so the only ways to pay are by cash, cheque or to pre-pay by direct transfer.
To pay by direct transfer:
Australian Wildlife Conservancy Cunnamulla
Account #: 180094154
Financial Institution: NAB
Please ensure when you direct pay to include on your transfer both your NAME and BOWRA.
Please keep a record of your payment (print out or have access to the bank transaction confirmation) and present it to the volunteers when you arrive.
Location & directions
Bowra is in south-west Queensland about 16 kilometres north-west of Cunnamulla.
Directions from Cunnamulla
- Head west from town across the Warrego River and after about 200 metres turn right at the sign (Humeburn Rd, Golf Course, Bowra).
- Head north about nine kilometres until you see the Bowra gate on the left. There is a a white letterbox (fuel drum) with Bowra painted on it.
- The house and accommodation area are six kilometres along the dirt road. This road can be rough (particularly for vehicles towing) and slippery when it is wet so ring ahead for advice if you have any doubts.
- The office is in the large house. Report there when you arrive.
All roads on the property are dirt and can be dusty in dry conditions and very muddy and at times impassable when wet. When it’s wet all vehicles are banned from the roads to prevent damage. 4WD vehicles have no difficulties getting about in dry times and most roads are accessible to normal vehicles although a few spots may cause a problem. Take advice from the volunteers on site.
Volunteer at Bowra
Birds Queensland volunteers operate and maintain the campground and residences on behalf of AWC.
Dedicated people volunteer to work at Bowra for a calendar month from March to October and manage a range of matters associated with visitors - from taking bookings, collecting money and banking it, to washing linen, cleaning toilets and giving advice visitors to help them to find the birds they seek. All volunteers conduct a Bird Call daily to record all species sighted that day.
Over the hot months during summer volunteers stay two weeks, looking after the sanctuary, reporting any issues and maintaining the Bird Call lists.
If you are interested in becoming a Bowra volunteer, contact email@example.com.