Port of Brisbane Visitors Centre

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The Port of Brisbane Visitor's Centre is set on a lakefront and is surrounded by wetlands and a migatory shorebird roosting area.

[top]Getting there

[top]When to go

Anytime is worthwhile but early morning generally best and at weekends when less people around.



[top]Key species

This area is not as rich in bird-life as it once was, but still well worth a visit. The locked wader roost at the Port of Brisbane is always good for Chestnut Teal and various wader species that may include Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper. Less common species such as Wood and Terek Sandpipers have turned up here. A key to this site can be obtained at the Port Authority Visitors Centre which is close by. The hide within will provide a better chance to see and/or photograph the birds, though generally the birds appear to avoid the area near the hide.

The lagoon at the Visitors Centre always holds good numbers of waterbirds including Black Swan, Australian Pelican, White Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Great and Intermediate Egret, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, and many other well known species. Pink-eared Duck, Buff-banded Rail and Australasian Shoveler have also been seen here.

The car parking area is a great spot to see and photograph Mangrove Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater and Rainbow Lorikeets, particularly when the Grevilllea and Bottle-brushes are in flower. Striped Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets, Spangled Drongo, Superb Fairy-wrens also visit the flowering native shrubs in the car park

Raptors such as Marsh Harrier, White-breasted Sea-eagle, Brahminy Kite and Osprey can be seen around the area, whilst Richard's Pipit, Tawny Grassbird, Little Grassbird, Australian Reed-warbler and Golden-headed Cisticola may be seen and photographed in suitable habitat.


[top]Maps & GPS


Birds feed on the native Grevileas and other natives at the Carparking area at the Port of Brisbane

These birds all photographed there and generally around

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Mangrove Honeyeater

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Brown Honeyeater

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Striped Honeyeater

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Superb Blue Wren

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Spangled Drongo
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