We moved the short distance from Wilga Bush Camping Area to the Lake Broadwater Recreation Area Campground in Lake Broadwater Conservation Park. We set up further away from the amenities and overlooking the lake. There was quite a strong wind coming off the lake but we weren't complaining as we no longer had those pesky flies we encountered at Wilga Bush Campground. We woke up to fabulous sunrise views in the mornings.
There were large flocks of Little Corellas in the campground and a few Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
There is an easy bushwalk from the recreation area campground to Wilga Bush Camp. I think it is approximately 4 km return.
a great variety of birds on the walk. A Pallid Cuckoo was of particular interest to us as we have never seen one before.
We were excited to see a Yellow-spotted
Monitor. These goannas are distinctly different
from the more common Lace Monitors and they can be confused with sand goannas. Update: We sent our photos to the QLD Museum for confirmation however, after five weeks they had not replied. I have since sent the photos to Gunther Schmida who has confirmed that this is a Yellow-spotted Monitor (sometimes known as an Argus Monitor) Varanus panoptes.
|Walking trail between the two campgrounds at Lake Broadwater.|
|Whistling Kite, White-throated Gerygone and Red-winged Parrots.|
|Yellow-spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes|
|View from the bird hide.|
|Varied Eggfly, female, Hypolimnas bolina|
Details for Lake Broadwater Recreation Area Campground in Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, QLD:
Facilities: Two amenities blocks with flush toilets (one with hot showers, one with cold showers), bins, tank water, variable phone reception, TV reception, gas BBQ’s, fireplaces, picnic shelters and tables.
Campsites: Large campground that is popular even during the week. Grassy areas with some trees. No defined sites. No power.
Fees: $6 per adult, self-register, no bookings.
Wildlife List: Grey Kangaroo, Yellow-spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes, Shingleback Tiliqua rugosa aspera, Dwarf Tree Frog
Butterflies: Orchard Swallowtail, Caper White, Meadow Argus, Varied Eggfly and some Yellows.Birdlist: Apostlebird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Whistling Kite, Pied Butcherbird, Cockatiel, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Galah, Eurasian Coot, Pallid Cuckoo, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Grey Teal, Peaceful Dove, Variegated Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Double-barred Finch, Restless Flycatcher, Little Friarbird, White-throated Gerygone, White-necked Heron, White-faced Heron, Scarlet Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Noisy Miner, Australian King Parrot, Red-winged Parrot, Crested Pigeon, Grey Shrike-thrush, Silvereye, House Sparrow, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Willie Wagtail.