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QWSG ID Days & Count Dates

Wader ID Days

Wader ID Days – Manly Boat Harbour

Sunday 3 December 2023     Meeting time 1330

Saturday 3 February 2024     Meeting time 1445

Saturday 17 February 2024   Meeting time 1515

Sunday 3 March 2024            Meeting time 1400

Saturday 16 March 2024       Meeting time 1345

Meeting place: At the end of Davenport Dr, on the southern boundary of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Clubhouse.

To register for an outing, please send a text message to the leaders.

Under the conditions of the access agreement for the roost, participants must wear enclosed footwear and are responsible for their own health and safety, including:

  • wearing protective clothing at all times (eg. hat, enclosed footwear, sunglasses) and using sunscreen

  • drinking water to avoid dehydration

  • using insect repellent if necessary

  • telling a leader about any health issues that may affect taking part in the field trip

  • if feeling unwell, or concerned about someone else being unwell, immediately telling a group leader or another participant

  • immediately telling a group leader or another participant about any injury suffered (including a slip, trip, fall and snake bite) or hazard that may cause injury to someone.

Anyone who does not comply with these conditions will not be allowed to enter the site or asked to leave.

The gate will be locked after we enter the site and late arrivals will not be able to enter.

Participation in this field trip is strictly limited to those whose registration with the leaders is confirmed by the leaders.

Leaders: Arthur and Sheryl Keates 0490 951 661.


Wader ID days – Toorbul

Thursday 1 February     Meeting time 11:30 onwards.

Thursday 29 February   Meeting time 11:00 onwards.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane to the Donnybrook/Toorbul exit. Turn off here and head east over the highway overpass.  Continue on this road to Toorbul.   Turn right at the T-junction then first left and then right, which brings you onto the Esplanade.  Follow this road to the end (approximately 2kms); we will be on the left.

Bring water, food and a chair.  It is a good idea to have a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Most importantly bring your binoculars or telescopes.  Hopefully we can provide the answers to all your questions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.   Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340


Wader ID Days – Kakadu Beach roost, Bribie Island

Friday 15 December 2023       Meeting time 09:30 onwards.

Saturday 13 January 2024       Meeting time 09:00 onwards.

Saturday 10 February 2024     Meeting time 08:00 onwards.

Tuesday 12 March 2024          Meeting time 09:00 onwards

All participants must register with the leaders in case the outing is cancelled.  Please supply name, phone number and email address.  This will enable the leaders to contact you if the outing is cancelled.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane and take the Bribie Island exit. Continue on this road to Bribie Island and follow the signs to Banksia Beach.  When you arrive at the T-junction at Banksia Beach turn left and after a short distance turn right into the car park for the roost.  A bird hide is positioned at both ends of the roost.

Bring morning tea and a chair.  It is a good idea to have a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Most importantly bring your binoculars or telescopes.   Hopefully we can provide the answers to all your questions.

Please contact us if you have any questions. Phil & Linda Cross 5495 2758.  Linda’s mobile: 0490 080 340

BQ has relaxed the need for its Covid-19 safety practices, but importantly, you SHOULD NOT attend the outing if you are feeling unwell.


Count Dates 2024

A wader count in progress! © 2010 QWSG

The following list of dates gives the scheduled QWSG count dates and also the Port of Brisbane count dates. If you want to be involved in regular counts or would like to come along and see how a count is conducted, please contact our Count Coordinator (see the Contact Us page).

Please note that due to insurance reasons we are not always able to include new people in counts straight away, particularly in areas like the Port of Brisbane which are working sites where we operate under contract.

However, we are always looking for new counters so please do get in touch if you are interested in getting involved and helping us out. At the moment we really need new counters so if you think you can make the commitment to a count every month,                                                or to just help out an existing counter please contact us, see the contact page for                                                    the  count coordinator’s contact details.

QWSG High Tide

Monthly Count Program 2024

Sat 9 Dec 2023      2.06m at 06:55

Sat 27 Jan     2.45m at 10:41         National Summer Count

Sat 24 Feb    2.42m at 09:43

Sat 23 Mar     2.32m at 08:37

Sat 20 Apr      2.18m at 07:17

Sat 25 May    1.82m at 10:20

Sat 29 Jun     1.99m at 15:51         National Winter Count

Sat 27 Jul       2.04m at 14:18

Sat 24 Aug     2.19m at 12:58

Sat 21 Sep     2.38m at 11:46

Sat 5 Oct        2.19m at 10:48

Sat 9 Nov       2.17m at 15:14

Sat 7 Dec       2.33m at 13:45

Counters Rockhampton and north – please select a date as close as possible to the count programme Sat day with suitable tides to enable you to complete your counts.


Port of Brisbane Count Dates 2024

Sun 10 Dec 2023   2.22m at 07:38        Meet 06:10

Sun 28 Jan    2.42m at 11:11         Meet   10:00          National Summer Count

Sun 25 Feb   2.41m at 10:13         Meet   09:00

Sun 24 Mar   2.32m at 09:09        Meet   08:00 

Sun 21 Apr    2.19m at 07:54         Meet   06:55

Sun 26 May   1.77m at 11:04         Meet   10:00

Sun 30 Jun    2.12m at 16:59         Meet   15:00              National Winter Count

Sun 28 Jul     2.07m at 15:23         Meet   14:00

Sun 25 Aug   2.16m at 13:52         Meet   12:50

Sun 22 Sep   2.34m at 12:34         Meet   11:30

Sun 6 Oct      2.18m at 11:22         Meet   10:20

Sun 10 Nov   2.21m at 16:22         Meet   15:00

Sun 8 Dec     2.28m at 14:41         Meet   13:40

Because of the ever-present worry of Covid please check to see what Government restrictions apply