Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s (AWC) Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s haven with over 200 bird species found flying, foraging and courting around the 15,000 hectare nature refuge. Avid twitchers have boasted sightings of a number of iconic species including the threatened Pink Cockatoo, Hall’s Babbler, and occasionally even the Grey Falcon.
Beyond the birds, visitors can also keep an eye out for over 100 reptiles, mammals and amphibians such as Swamp Wallabies and Earless Dragons. The diversity of species at Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is a consequence of the sanctuary’s location, in the heart of central Queensland’s Mulga Lands Bioregion, straddling a suite of habitats including the plains of the Warrego River in the east and the plateau and Mulga woodlands further west. Gumholes Creek is a channel of the Warrego and the main watercourse on Bowra, meandering across the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is open to visitors between May and October, with a variety of camping options as well as day visits from Cunnamulla (15km northwest). All visitors are required to book online prior to arrival. Walking tracks are available and the sanctuary can accommodate hardy push bikes however no fires, generators or pets are permitted.
All proceeds from Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary’s campground and visitor program go back into the running of the campground and the conservation of local wildlife.