Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the heart of the Queensland outback, and constitutes an important refuge for the wildlife of the area. It is a renowned hotspot for inland Australia’s threatened birdlife, making it one of the country’s most rewarding birdwatching destinations. Our field program is focused on immersing you into the beauty of the place slowly observing or photographing its wonderful bird- and wildlife.


The Sanctuary

Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary lies just northwest of Cunnamulla, in central southern Queensland. The property extends from the floodplain of the Warrego River in the east to tablelands of Mulga woodland in the west.

Bowra supports over 250 plant species including Gidgee, Poplar Box, Cypress, Coolabah, River Red Gum, Acacia and Mulga. There are also several distinct grassland ecosystems on the lower parts of the sanctuary. The patchwork of woodlands, shrublands, grasslands and riparian vegetation provides both breeding habitat and drought refuge for an impressive diversity of semi-arid wildlife, with a particularly rich community of birds.

Birds & Wildlife at Bowra

Bowra supports over 300 species of native birds and mammals including a number of species near their eastern or western range limits. The bird fauna at Bowra is prolific (>200 species) and includes nine threatened species. The localized Halls Babbler, the elusive Bourke’s Parrot, and the subtly beautiful Chesnut-breasted Quail-thrush are resident here while the rare Grey Falcon breeds on the sanctuary.

Our birdwatching and bird photography program at Bowra

Our field programs at Bowra are focused on immersing you into the beauty of the place, taking daily trips to various corners of the property by vehicle and on foot, slowly wandering around observing its wonderful bird- and wildlife or sitting at the waterhole to see what comes in. If you like, pursuing your photographic interests is an option – there are great opportunities for bird and landscape photography here.

Typically our program begins with a pick-up from Cunnamulla airport (with regular flights from Brisbane) and you’ll be transferred to the sanctuary. We’ll stay in individual rooms in what’s known as the ‘shearers quarters’ – a large, timber house with a central communal space surrounded by individual rooms. Bathroom facilities are shared and meals will be cooked for you by your guide in the communal kitchen. You’re welcome to participate in the preparation of meals if you like. We’ll spend 4 days, 3 nights on the property to fully immerse ourselves into its fantastic ambience. The program of activities can be as busy or relaxed as you like and will be determined in consultation with your guide. At the end of the day sitting at the waterhole to watch the birds come in to drink at sunset with a drink in your hand, is definitely one of the highlights.

Scheduled dates

Our field programs at Bowra are conducted on request. Please contact us for a full program and pricing.

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