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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Caboolture, QLD

Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park is north of Brisbane and about 10 kilometers west of the Caboolture turn off on the Bruce Highway. An excellent map of the park and its walking trails can be downloaded here: Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park Map  
There are three main entrances to the park. We choose to park at the end of Williamson Road. The Grey Gum Circuit is a 4.4 km loop that is shared by walkers and horse riders. There are two trails that cross through the circuit and are for walkers only. The Spotted Gum Trail is 1.2 km and the Ironbark Ridge Trail is 1.1 km.  We didn't see any picnic or toilet facilities. There is no camping and dogs are not allowed.  It is possible to camp at the Caboolture Showgrounds but this can be noisy as it is near the train line. A nicer option would be to camp on Bribie Island or stay at the pleasant Beachmere Caravan Park.


All up we only missed a couple of sections of the Grey Gum Circuit and, at a very rough guess, walked approximately 5.5 km. The track is uneven but fairly easy. There had been a very wet weather event in the Caboolture area only a week before we walked and overall the trails had coped well but there was a heavily eroded section on the eastern end of the Spotted Gum Trail.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes, L Adult and R Juvenile 

Near the car park we saw White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes. Throughout the park we saw lots of Fuscous Honeyeaters and Noisy Friarbirds. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and, Scaly-breasted Lorikeets were nesting in tree hollows. Other birds we saw were Spangled Drongo, Noisy Miner, White-browed Scrubwrens, Eastern Whipbird, Scarlet Honeyeater, Golden Whistler, Striated Pardalote, Grey Shrike-thrush and Eastern Yellow Robins.

Fuscous Honeyeaters are common at Sheepstation Creek

We didn't see any kangaroos or wallabies but perhaps that was because we were walking around with our heads craning upwards in the hope of seeing a koala. We didn't see any lizards or goannas either which seemed unusual. We did catch sight of a small animal scurrying along a log but it was too quick for a photo and a positive ID. 

There were a few impressive spider webs to avoid across the trails.

Golden Orb-weaver

There were lots of Evening Brown butterflies showing off their darker winter colours and quite a few skippers. 


One hardy fungi, with a beautiful shinny silver sheen, was pushing its way out of the hard ground in the center of the trail.



All photos taken on 10/05/15.

4 comments:

  1. I have always meant to check this place out - a very eclectic mix of open forest birds! Apparently Powerful Owls nest here, but I'd be just as happy to spend time among Fuscous Honeyeaters and White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrikes! You got some terrific photos from your outing too :)

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  2. Thanks Christian. We were on the lookout for daytime viewing of owls but no luck. We usually see Lewins Honeyeaters and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes on the coast so it made a nice change. It's amazing what a difference a few kilometers can make.

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    1. I have been walking in the park for a period of 12 years, several times a week
      .A few months ago something made me look up and I saw a powerful owl in the tree just on dusk ..the only one I have seen.I have also seen a lyre bird with tail fully extended walking along the main 4km pathway.
      I have seen some very large pythons as well.
      If you like solitude, this park is ideal with the occasional walkers or horse riders.

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    2. What a great place to walk regularly. Dusk and dawn are usually the best times to walk and see wildlife; which isn't always possible when travelling. We'ed be excited to encounter a powerful owl and a lyre bird there. Thanks for giving us your local experience.

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