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Friday, June 23, 2017

Anstead Bushland Reserve, Brisbane, QLD.

Picnic area next to the car park at Anstead Bushland Reserve.
While in Brisbane recently we decided to drop into Anstead Bushland Reserve on our way home. There didn't seem to be much information about where to walk but we saw a man returning to the car park with his dog so we decided to head off in the direction that he had come from. We had a pleasant, easy walk around the park of about 2 km. The first surprise of the morning was a group of about 10 Apostlebirds. We only visit Brisbane from time to time and this is the first time we've ever seen Apostlebirds in Brisbane.

The second surprise, was a lookout over the Brisbane River and Sugars Quarry. There was information here about the history of Sugars Quarry.

Lookout in Anstead Bushland Reserve
It was a very windy day and we didn't see as many birds as we might otherwise have but there were lots of Monarch butterflies about.

We finished our short visit with morning tea in the picnic area.

Bird List: Apostlebird, Pied Butcherbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Wood Duck, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Lewin’s Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Straw-necked Ibis, Laughing Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Noisy Miner, Crested Pigeon, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Weebill, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, Willie Wagtail.

Details for Anstead Bushland Reserve:
Where: Hawkesbury Road, Anstead, Brisbane.
No camping.
Free access.
Facilities: Car Park, toilets, gas BBQ's, picnic shelters and picnic tables, walking tracks, lookout, information board. Dogs allowed on leash. Horses allowed on some tracks.

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