Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mar-Dec 2021

Summary: Lovely manicured gardens with birds just waiting to be photographed Dates of visit: Mar 26 2021, Oct 8 2021, Dec 12 2021 I’ve had some awesome birding experiences in botanic gardens around Australia, with George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (Darwin) and the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens (Hobart) providing some very fond memories of birdContinue reading “Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mar-Dec 2021”

Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Feb 2021

Summary: Lovely gardens with terrific bird activity right in the middle of Hobart Date of visit: Feb 11, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania Trip, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Botanic gardens can be fantastic for birding and especially for bird photography: they’re usually easy to get to, easy to navigate and explore, there are plenty of interesting trees andContinue reading “Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Feb 2021”

Port Arthur, Feb 2021

Summary: Unexpectedly good birding amongst the garden areas of this historic site Date of visit: Feb 3, 2021 Feb 2, 201 [A stop on the Tasmania, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Port Arthur is a famous – though more precisely, infamous – historic site in the south-east corner of Tasmania. Its storied past includes a beginning as a penalContinue reading “Port Arthur, Feb 2021”

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021

[A stop on the Darwin and Kakadu Trip, Aug-Sep 2021 trip] The main Botanic Gardens in Darwin is 42 hectares in size and includes several showcase habitats, including rainforest, cycads and an African-Madagascar section. We visited twice, both times in the late afternoon, and each of those days was equally productive for bird sightings. On our firstContinue reading “George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021”

Emerald Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021

[A stop on the West Queensland Trip Jul-Aug 2021 trip] Emerald Botanic Gardens is a 42 hectare garden area not far from the main streets of Emerald. The gardens were established in 1987. It is quite a lovely place with plenty of shady trees, a winding river, easily navigable paths and provides a lush break from theContinue reading “Emerald Botanic Gardens, Aug 2021”

Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens, Jul 2021

[A stop on the West Queensland Trip Jul-Aug 2021 trip]. Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens is a 25 hectare, flat park in Goondiwindi, about 4 hours drive west of Brisbane. It makes for a pleasant hour or two of birding with a reasonable chance of seeing some good birds. The entrance to the gardens is on BrennansContinue reading “Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens, Jul 2021”

Kholo Botanic Gardens, Sep 2020

Summary: Lovely lesser-known botanic gardens with a few birds Date of visit: Sep 30, 2020 There are plenty of great birding spots in the “near west” of Brisbane: Anstead Bushland and SES Depot come to mind; Lake Manchester; Prior’s Pocket and Colleges Crossing, just to name a few! Kholo Gardens is possibly easily overlooked inContinue reading “Kholo Botanic Gardens, Sep 2020”

Palmetum Gardens, Townsville, Aug 2020

Summary: Pleasant palm-based botanic gardens in Townsville, with a little lagoon and some good birds and photography opportunities. Date of visit: Aug 24, 2020 Palmetum was the first birding hotspot I hit up in the afternoon after I arrived in Townsville. I had actually started a little birding from the plane flying into the airport,Continue reading “Palmetum Gardens, Townsville, Aug 2020”