Upcoming field outing: Bushland Beach Sunday 21st June


YES! We’re back in business – and ready for our first  post-lockdown activity!

You may recall that we had to make a last-minute cancellation of our March outing to Bushland Beach where we had planned to take advantage of the mid-afternoon low tide to explore the sandy shore. By an odd coincidence (or maybe not so odd if you are a student of the lunar cycle) three months later the low tide is at exactly the same time and, at 0.6 metres, will be about half a metre lower than the one in March.

Please note that current restrictions on the size of group activities mean that we can have no more than 20 participants. For this reason Branch members will be given first preference – and you must let us know if you intend to come.  Please do this by next Wednesday 17 June.
MEETING TIME AND PLACE: 1.30 pm at the beach in front of  the playground / park, at the very end of Mt Low Parkway, adjacent to the Tavern.
DIRECTIONS: Drive north from Townsville, allowing  approx 30 minutes from the city. 
If you are travelling on the motorway (ring road), the Bushland Beach exit is just 1km before the motorway ends. 
If you are travelling via Woolcock Street and the Bruce highway, the exit to Bushland Beach comes shortly after you pass the Woodlands Woolworths shopping centre. If you are in the wrong lane and miss that exit, you can take the turn-off at the next traffic lights. It is all clearly signed.

Once on Mt Low Parkway, just keep going!  You will eventually reach a large roundabout just before the pub -  go straight ahead to the Park/Playground which has its own parking area. The pub is on your left and the beach right in front of you. To avoid crowding out an already small park, we will actually meet on the beach in front of the park, where we can spread out. (See map below for blue P (Parking) sign, where it says Bushland Beach Access. Click on map to enlarge)

WHAT TO BRING: Essentials are water, hat, shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, repellant (just in case). Optional extras are: hand sanitiser, binoculars, cameras, field guides, munchies.

WHAT WE WILL DO:  The tide will be falling when we arrive (low is at 2.38pm) and it recedes a long way out across the sand. We will explore the northern section of the beach, including a small but attractive stretch of mangroves.

So, if you are a financial member and would like to attend please email us by 17 June. If you are a non-member and would like to attend please also email us and we will let you know later this week if places are available.

We ask you NOT to attend if you feel unwell or have any fever, flu or cold-like symptoms. 

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