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Bowra Sanctuary (previously known as Bowra Station) is a privately run Sanctuary bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in 2010. Bowra Sanctuary is regarded as one of the best birding destinations in Australia. Bowra Sanctuary was previously run by owners who opened it to the public as a birding/wildlife hotspot and eventually gained recognition from the AWC who subsequently purchased the property. It is now staffed by volunteers from Birds Queensland and looks to be kept open to the public for the foreseeable future.

[top]Getting there

Bowra Sanctuary is located just North-west of Cunnumulla in outback Queensland. From Cunnumulla itself, drive across the Warrego River bridge (Adventure Hwy) and take your first right onto Humeburn Rd. Continue along Humeburn Rd for 9.1km until you see a white gate and sign to 'Bowra' on your left. Open and close the gate before heading off down the dirt entrance road which will take you to the homestead.

[top]When to go

Bowra Sanctuary is at it's peak in Spring, between the months of September and October, but can be productive throughout the year. However, during the middle of Summer the station is closed off from visitors as the conditions become too much of a risk for staff and visitors.


Limited toilets, caravans and camping, Shearers Quarters (approx. $25 per night) and Cottage (approx. $75 per night). Accommodation is also available in nearby Cunnumulla.

[top]Key species

Hall's Babbler, Bourke's Parrot, White-browed Treecreeper, Chestnut-breasted Quail-Thrush among many others.


Contact details are tel. (07) 4655 1238; fax (07) 4655 2368; email

Lots of information for visitors here.

Detailed Directions here.

More information on Bowra here.

Eremaea List for Bowra here.

Weather details here, here and here.

[top]Maps & GPS

The Homestead at Bowra (-27.98694, 145.60890)

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