Giba Gunyah is on
Sapphire Coast Bird Route No 2, Bemboka
There are many drives around Bemboka and into the hills well
This route is a 22 km circular drive through some typical
Bemboka scenery commencing at the Bemboka Hall in the main
street on the corner of Adams St and continuing along the
length of Polacks Flat Road. There are stops suggested
and many places to pause and look from the car, especially
at bridges. Please remember to keep one eye on the rear view
mirror and watch for local traffic. Slower cars with birdwatching tourists are not everyday drivers on these
roads. Set the trip meter, follow the prompts and enjoy your
Local tip on left if you feel inclined to look.
Greens Crossing Bridge, a one lane bridge but room to pull over
on both sides of the road at either end of the bridge. Scan the
1.1 Turn left to Greens Crossing swimming hole. Park here, walk down
to the river, and generally wander around.
Greenís barn on the right. Pull off on right hand
to get off the road.
Wiltonís bam on right and again pull off on the right hand side
Pass Sullivanís Gap road which leads to private farms.
Slow down for small darn on left, a fair way off road.
Slow down for a small dam on the right.
Cross the one lane bridge, with not much room to pull over.
Dam on the right.
9.6 From here on the Bell Miners can be heard.
Good place to pull up on the right, opposite gate 248.
Wander along roadside.
11.0 Giba Gunyah -
Picnic area on right by the river
No room to park
properly with the road close to the river but good birding if
you can manage to get there and walk about.
11.9 Room to pull over here, but almost back to
farmland after the river.
13.3 Bock on to Highway at Morons Crossing
13.5 Plenty of room on the left to park.
17.2 Cross the Eighteen Mile Bridge and prepare to
turn hard left to a track JUST passed the cutting and overlook
20.4 Near the cemetery turn in to the left or walk
through cemetery to the old road behind which leads down to
20.9 The Football Ground on the right is home to
many birds, again right beside the creek with amenities, picnic
tables and camping.
22.3 You will be back to the Hall, having passed
the pie shop
- or did you?
If not wishing to return to Bemboka a left turn when reaching
the Highway will take drivers 27 kms direct to Bega.
Birds to look out for
Australian Wood buck
Pacific Black buck
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Australian King Parrot
White-throated Needle Tail
New Holland Honeyeater
Eastern Yellow Robin
Information has been provided by the
Far South Coast Birdwatchers Inc. PO Box 180 Pambula NSW
2549 Enquiries to 6495 7390 or 6495 6592.
For more information
Ph: 02 6492 8404
26th January 2007