Geelong Field Naturalists Club

The GFNC is a club for anyone interested in wildlife, plants, or conservation in the Geelong region.
The club holds monthly meetings (via a mix of Zoom and face to face) and excursions.
Most meetings have presentations from specialists in aspects of natural history and conservation.

Info on how to join is here

Events Calendar

Bird Group Excursion: Distillery Creek
Thursday 23 May 2024, 09:15am - 01:30pm
This repeat is an exception to the normal repeat pattern
Contact Kerry Haddon 0421187249

This excursion will take place at Distillery Creek Picnic ground in Aireys Inlet. It will take about 1 hour to get to the picnic ground from central Geelong.  Turn off the Great Ocean Road at Bambra Road, just east of the bottom shops in Aireys Inlet. Follow the bitumen road alongside the Painkalac Creek Valley for 2.5 km and then turn left at junction of Bambra Road and Distillery Creek Road.
The lower car park and picnic area is on the right-hand side and the upper car park and picnic area on the left-hand side has an information board and toilets.

Meet at the upper area car park off Bambra Road at 9.15 am for sign in and a 9.30 start.

We will start with the Distillery Creek Nature Trail.  You can check out the walk we plan here. This is a 1.5 km circular loop with a lot of birds. It is a flat walk but needs to be taken slowly to absorb the bird sounds.

Depending on the pace of the group, there may be a chance to take the left branch towards the Currawong Falls track that boasts vastly different vegetation. This walk should take about 1 hour. We will then return to the picnic area for morning tea and the first bird count. It is also an opportunity to explore the picnic area as species are often seen within proximity of this area.

We will continue with a short walk at the Ephemeral Wetland Trail to find a variety of smaller species. We will pause at the bottom for 20-30 minutes to look and listen. Although currently dry, the amount of birds present is worth the short walk.

Lunch will be around midday, back at the picnic ground. Some tables are available but please bring a folding chair, morning tea and lunch.

After lunch we will explore a small section of the Moggs Creek Trail, walking approximately 1km and then returning the same way to the picnic area. This is a flat walk. Finish will be approximately 1.30 after the final bird count.

Location Distillery Creek
Risks for the day include trips and slips depending on weather conditions. Please be prepared for the weather conditions including sunscreen, hat, sturdy walking shoes, water and wet weather gear if warranted. Please bring a charged phone