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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, QLD.

Lake Broadwater
Truth be told, we were keen to camp here due to the hot showers which were very welcome after so many days on the road! We were also looking forward to camping on grass after the severe drought conditions we had been encountering. Unfortunately, it was very dry here as well and the grass was a shadow of its former self. At least the lake was full and we found it very soothing to gaze out over the water. 

Tent camping at Lake Broadwater.
We enjoyed a leisurely stroll from this campground to the Wilga Bush Camping Area and back; approximately 4 km. 

Walking track to Wilga Camping Area
We got quite a shock when we were confronted by a Landcruiser driving towards us on the walking track. We could see a couple of dogs in the back on the open tray. We stepped aside, and as it passed us, we clearly saw the dogs standing next to a huge dead feral pig. Previously, we have enjoyed seeing lots of reptiles on this walk but this time, although we saw lots of goanna tracks, we didn't see any wildlife other than birds. Perhaps not surprising given that we had seen the pig hunter and his dogs.


Little Corellas
Red-rumped Parrots: male (left), female (right)
Black Swans on the lake.

Black-fronted Dotterel and White-headed Stilt.
We checked out the bird hide but although we did see a few more shore birds on this trip compared to our last trip  there still weren't a lot of birds to see from the hide.

Bird hide at Lake Broadwater.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos near the bird hide.
I also wrote a blog about Lake Broadwater in May 2017.

Details for Lake Broadwater Recreation Area Campground in Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, QLD:
Where: 30 km south-west of Dalby. Off Broadwater Road.
Facilities: Two amenities blocks with flush toilets (one with hot showers, one with cold showers), bins, tank water, variable limited phone reception, TV reception, gas BBQ’s, fireplaces, picnic shelters and tables. Children's playground. Boat ramp.
Campsites: Suitable for tents and all rig types. Large campground. Grassy areas with some trees. No defined sites. No power.
Fees: $6.20 per adult, self-register, no bookings. Maximum stay 21 nights. Caretaker comes round every evening and checks payments.
Prohibited: Pets. Collecting firewood.

Wildlife: Common Brushtail Possum, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Feral cats. As well as the dead feral pig.
Bird List: Apostlebird, Grey-crowned Babbler, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Whistling Kite, White-winged Chough, Cockatiel, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Galah, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Wood Duck, Grey Teal, Peaceful Dove, Superb Fairy-wren, Little Friarbird, White-faced Heron, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Australian White Ibis, Laughing Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Magpie Lark, Masked Lapwing, Noisy Miner, Common Myna, Striated Pardalote, Australian King Parrot, Red-winged Parrot, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian Pelican, Easter Yellow Robin, Pale-headed Rosella, Rainbow Bee-eater, Eurasian Coot, Black Swan, White-headed Stilt, Black-fronted Dotterel, Weebill, Willie Wagtail.

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