QNC Events


Type Date Description Person/Presenter Information
Camp 29/3/2018 Easter Camp - Mary River poperty of David Lowrie Brian and Grace Lowry .The Easter camp will be held on the property of David and Jacky Lowry on the headwaters of the Mary River. The club has held successful camps here before, at Easter in 2007 and again for the May camp in 2009.
The property comprises 60 acres in the headwaters of the Mary River, with the young river forming one boundary. It is mostly under grazing. There is riparian rain forest
along the river and in a tributary creek running through the property. Camping will be in a grassy paddock alongside the river. There are now distinct camping bays from David's planting of rainforest trees. We envisage the evening campfire to be again under giant Waterhousia trees beside the stream.
Excursion 8/4/2018 MOGGILL ROAD PARK, Helen Schwencke This reserve is a remnant of former Palustrine wetland (e.g. vegetated swamp) along the Brisbane River. The wetland's area is nearly one hectare, comprising "characteristic species including Cyperus spp., Schoenoplectus spp., Philydrum lanuginosum, Eleocharis spp., Leersia hexandra, Cycnogeton procerus, Nymphaea spp., Nymphoides indica, Persicaria spp., Phragmites australis, Typha spp. and a wide range of sedges, grasses and forbs.
Excursion 11/4/2018 PINE MOUNTAIN BUSH RESERVE Helen Schwencke This reserve is listed on a number of bird observer websites and makes for an interesting walk. The tracks are graded and the walking is easy with only some small rises. The creek lines flow to the Brisbane River. Time permitting, we will also look at the nearby "The Cricket Pitch"
Excursion 15/4/2018 WHITE ROCK,  WHITE ROCK CONSERVATION ESTATE Barney Hines White Rock Conservation Estate is a 2,500 hectare reserve. It contains a series of sandstone ridges and bluffs, which harbour over 600 species of plants and 150 species of fauna. We will walk to the most notable of the bluffs, termed White Rock, from which the park is named. The trail is approximately 6.5 km and involves a circuit, following the ridge line to the rock and returning via the valley. The outward trail will involve some moderate inclines and some scrambling, whilst the return journey involves a mostly flat walk out along a vehicle track.
Meeting 16/4/2018 CARING FOR BUTTERFLIES Helen Schwencke Helen’s talk Caring for Caterpillars will explore the essential ecological roles caterpillars play in the natural environment; how to care for them through their various life stages to be able to release them as adults; and how they offer us a special connection with nature in our gardens or local spaces and places.
Camp 5/5/2018 LABOUR DAY WEEKEND POTTSVILLE ENVIRONMENT PARK tba This excursion to coastal northern N.S.W. will be based at the Pottsville Environment Park, a 54 hectares area of coastal vegetation adjacent to the township of Pottsville and set between the two arms of Cudgera Creek. Within the Park is a level camping area adjacent to the Environment Centre building which has a large meeting space, kitchen with refrigerator, showers and toilets.
There are over 4km of walking tracks.The main vegetation communities are based on Swamp Box, Broad-leaved Paperbark, Black She-oak, Pink Bloodwood and Brush Box with Mangrove and tidal wetland communities along the creek. A number of threatened or otherwise significant plant species have been identified there.It is hoped to explore also some nearby areas such as the marine life in Cudgera Creek at Hastings Point and the beach dune vegetation.
Excursion 19/5/2018 POTTSVILLE - KOALA CROSSING Barry Jahnke This day excursion will be to the Queensland Trust for Nature reserve, "Koala Crossing", which has a common boundary with the Flinders-Goolman Reserve, north-east of the township of Peak Crossing. In its 562 hectares, it has at least four ecosystems in the woodlands and open forests with some rainforest understorey. In recent years about 800,000 trees have been planted, including those which are known to be koala food plants.
Meeting 21/5/2018 C T  WHITE LECTURE. THE LIFE OF E. J. “KALBAR” SMITH A NATURALIST. Dr Darren Schneider Ernest Smith was born in England in 1877 and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1887. Though clever at school, he had to forego schooling opportunities and, as a young plumber, found himself in the pioneering Fassifern district, and eventually the township of Kalbar.
Encouraged by a radio broadcast by The State Botanist C T White in the 1930s, he started studying plants and with further encouragement, through correspondence with C T White, went on to become an accomplished amateur naturalist and local historian. He was an active member of the Queensland Naturalists’ Club and left a legacy of dozens of articles published in the Fassifern Guardian and The Queensland Naturalist.

QNC General Meetings

Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome

Where:  Note change of venue. In the foreseeable future, we will be meeting at the Toowong Uniting Church Hall. This is located at 82 Sherwood Road, Toowong and is less than 200 metres from Toowong Village Shopping Centre, Toowong Railway Station & bus stops.

There is parking at 76 Sherwood Road for 12 cars., Street parking is available.  Toowong Village parking is free  provided you enter after 6pm.

When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive

Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker


The Club arranges at about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day, local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form