Our What’s On Calendar is a free service to groups and organisations concerned with the Australian environment and wildlife, who wish to bring their activities to the attention of our readers. Check back regularly for event updates!
For the latest updates on Wildlife Queensland events, please also refer to our Facebook page.
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- Please keep your submissions as brief as possible and be sure to include all necessary contact details.
September | October | November
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Southern Queensland city of Toowoomba in the most beautiful of ways each September with a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, streets bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures.
Various locations in Toowoomba
Date: 1–30 September 2021.
Entwined: Plants and People Exhibition
The evocative exhibition, Entwined: plants and people, explores our intrinsic relationship with plants through photography, illustrations, immersive projections, and historical objects.
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Date: 1 September – 14 November 2021.
Art Exhibition: Rare & Endangered
A vibrant and captivating exhibition by Old SchoolHouse Gallery members Jenny Fidler and Kathy Delaney and guest woodwork artists Twyla Sasser and Geoff sears featuring ‘Rare and Endangered’ flora and fauna.
Old Schoolhouse Gallery, 124–126 Shore Street North, Cleveland QLD
Date: 4 September – 27 September 2021.
Wildlife Talk ‘Get Croc Wise’ at Hervey Bay or Maryborough Library
In partnership with the Fraser Coast Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Hervey Bay Library presents a monthly wildlife talk at the Marborough Library. The Croc Wise education program is aimed at reducing the risk of crocodile attack. The Maryborough/Fraser Coast area is classed as a Zone F – atypical habitat. In this zone, the risk of human-crocodile interaction is low. However, as there has been proven sightings and the removal of two crocodiles (one 3.2 metres and the other 3.8 metres) by the Department, from the Mary River in 2013 and 2014, it is important to provide information and education to members of the public who use the waterways in our region.
Location: Maryborough Library
Date: Saturday 24 September at 1:00 pm
Brisbane Branch Annual General Meeting & Oxley Creek Common Nature Walk
Friends and members of the Wildlife Preservation Society Brisbane Branch are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and enjoy a pleasant stroll through Oxley Creek Common.
Nature walk: 6:30 am
Breakfast: 7:15 am
AGM: 7:30 am
Please download the nomination form or proxy form and submit them at your earliest convenience.
Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Rd, Rocklea QLD 4106
Date: Saturday 25 September 2021.
Please book online here.
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Koala Workshop for Scenic Rim Landholders
Learn about the wildlife in our district that needs to travel between habitat fragments, why they need to, how even two or three trees can make a big difference to some, the various habitat needs of these species, and why particular plant species have been chosen for this project.
Wildlife Queensland’s Scenic Rim Branch has funding to provide FREE native trees and protective fencing to landowners, and even to help with planting where needed. Meet landowners already involved with the program, and hear some tips on water retention and soil improvement. Families welcome. Soft drinks and nibbles provided.
Tullamore Farm, 100 Duck Creek Rd, Kerry QLD 4285, Australia
Date: Saturday 25 September 2021, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Australian Camp Oven Festival & Bush Poets Breakfast
A weekend of great family fun celebrating Aussie cultural bush heritage out west in Millmerran. Visitors are encouraged to slow down and savour the country pace and choose to do as much or as little as they like.
Date: 1–3 October 2021.
Wine-tasting for Landholders of the Scenic Rim
Wildlife Queensland’s Scenic Rim Branch invites landholders, particularly those from Mt Alford, Coochin, and Wallaces Creek, to an information session on vegetation rehabilitation for gliders, koalas and species that require wildlife corridors for ease of movement. It can be challenging for many species to travel between cleared areas for breeding or foraging, or to access escape routes during disasters such as bushfires. We can solve this problem by helping local landholders with tree-planting to revegetate wildlife corridors, as well as assisting with free information, fencing and other support. Come along and find out more while enjoying deliciuos wines available for tasting (4 tastes free of charge), glass ($5). Various vintages are also available for sale to take home.
Nature: The Wonder & the Tragedy
To be a nature-lover has come to mean living out a tragic love story. How do we balance the overwhelming wonderment of our natural world with the heartache of its immense suffering? Conservation is key. This exhibition supports the work of North Queensland Conservation Council and art and nature lovers are invited to come along to the charity auction.
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville
Date: Saturday 9 October 2021 from 6 pm.
Nature Photography Workshop with Robert Ashdown
This one-day nature-photography workshop, presented by Robert Ashdown
and Lockyer Community Action Inc, includes indoor and outdoor practical work and individual tuition with equipment brought along. Use photography to enhance your appreciation and connection with the natural world while you learn how to take quality wildlife photographs with compact cameras or mobile phones and maximise the potential for species identification. Cost $5.
Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
Date: Sunday 17 October 2021. 9 am to 3 pm.
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Waterbug Citizen Science Survey
Waterbugs are very sensitive to pollution, so their presence or absence can help determine whether a particular waterway is healthy. All data collected during this free public survey is nationally recognised and is shared with our local councils to provide up to date information about the health of our waterways. Collecting and identifying these waterbugs also happens to be a whole heap of fun! This event is suitable for children 6 and over – parental supervision required.
1 Chardon Bridge Road, Cedar Creek, QLD 4207
Date: Saturday 23 October 2021
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is simple! Spend 20 minutes in your own backyard or a nearby favourite place and report the birds you see over that time period to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app or web form. All data collected helps BirdLife Australia understand which avian species are coexisting with people, and where. Every count helps!
Date: 18–24 October 2021
Koala Webinar with Logan City Council
Save the date for a lunchtime webinar in conjunction with Logan City Council on Thursday 28th October at 12 midday. Expert presenter Dr Sean FitzGibbon from the University of Queensland will explain how to spot and identify koalas, how to assess their health and sex, and the basics of koala ecology and care in preparation for a Koala survey to run in November.
Date: Thurday 28 October 2021, 12 midday
Save the date. More information coming soon.
CitSciOz21: Celebrate, Communicate, Co-create
Join us for CitSciOz21 – an online citizen science conference experience featuring Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM and Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM. Centred on the themes of Celebrate, Communicate, and Co-Create, our virtual experience will ensure a highly interactive and engaging event, with the capacity to network with your fellow attendees, speakers, and sponsors as well as providing you with the learning outcomes and benefits you would come to expect from an in-person event. Dr Karl will be presenting on Wednesday 27 October at 6:00 pm AEST. Dr Foley will be presenting on Friday 29th October at 11:00 am AEST
Date: 27–29 October 2021
Great Southern BioBlitz
The ‘Great Southern BioBlitz’, or GSB, is an international period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere in spring. Its purpose is to highlight both the immense biodiversity spread across the Southern Hemisphere in the flourishing springtime, as well as to engage the public in science and nature learning using the citizen science platform iNaturalist. All you need to do to contribute is to download the iNaturalist
application to your handheld device or make an account on your computer and make observations over the collection period.
Online across the Southern Hemisphere
Date: 22–25 October 2021
Halloween Batty Boat Cruise
Join Wildlife Queensland on a ‘Spooktacular’ Brisbane River cruise for Halloween! Watch the bats fly out over the Brisbane River at sunset, interact with orphaned baby bats on board, and listen to live commentary about Brisbane flying-fox
species and other amazing wildlife. Cost: Adults: $37; Conc: $29; Child: $19; Family (4): $100; Family (5): $115
Cultural Centre Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101 (50m upstream from the Victoria Bridge)
Date: Sunday 31 October 2021
Sustainable Living: Backyard Beekeeping
Join Karawatha Discovery Centre for an in-depth look at our often overlooked backyard superheroes – Australian bees! This hands-on workshop will teach you how to construct a DIY bee-home, identify common species, and create welcoming habitat for bees living in or visiting your backyard or balcony.
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Karawatha.
Date: Sunday 14 November 2021, 10: 00 am
Join NaturallyGC with a free Little Nature Lovers session
Enjoy exploring nature at the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens. Each session includes a walk, activity and story reading. These workshops are strictly for ages 3 to 5. Register for children only, parents will need to sign in on the day.
Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Benowa.
Date: Thurs 18 November 2021, 10:00 am
Healthy Land & Water Showcase: Boosting the resilience and liveability of our growing region
Healthy Land & Water SEQ is excited to open pre-registrations for a special showcase conference. With the number of restrictions now in place due to COVID, we are planning a hybrid event, opening up the opportunity for people to attend online or face to face. The theme of the conference is ‘Shaping Future SEQ: Boosting the resilience and liveability of our growing region’. Attendees at the one-day event will be treated to an engaging showcase of impactful work. We are expecting the tickets to attend in person to sell out quickly, due to venue distancing requirements. To ensure our key stakeholders are given the first opportunity to secure tickets, we are opening up the opportunity for you to indicate your interest by pre-registering for this event.
Customs House, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 25 November 2021, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Free Cultural Cooking Workshop
Learn about First Nations culture through a flavoursome tasting experience with Kieron from Yalabin dining. Combining Indigenous culture with native flavours, Kieron will explain how the native food resource has sustained people for over 50,000 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Karawatha
Date: 20 November 2021, 1:30 pm
Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch
Monthly talks by Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch
Free event. All are welcome to attend the free monthly environmental talks presented by Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside Branch.
Redland Multi Sports Club, Cnr Bailey and Randall Rd, Birkdale, QLD 4159
Date: Monthly (refer to Facebook page for dates) on Fridays @ 7:o0pm
Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch
Monthly talks by Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch
Free event. All are welcome to attend the free monthly environmental talks presented by Wildlife Queensland’s Brisbane Branch on the fourth Tuesday of most months.
Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, Qld
Date: Monthly (refer to Facebook page for dates) @ 7:30pm
Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Monthly Nature Walks by Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Participation in the walks is free for members of Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast. Non-members will be asked to make a $5 donation per walk. Most walks are on the first weekend of the month.
Nature in the Library Talks by Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Free event. A fabulous line-up of wildlife talks. Everyone welcome.
Location and date:
- 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, third Friday of the month at Hervey Bay library
- 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, fourth Friday of the month at Maryborough Library
Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch
Faunawatch Regular Survey and walks – Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch
is a community-based program run by Wildlife Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Branch.
Location and Date:
- Faunawatch regular survey – Maroochy Botanical Gardens
- Fourth Monday walks – various locations
Refer to the Faunawatch webpage for specific dates and locations.