* “Brooloo was the rail terminus for a while in the middle of the 1910's, and it was actually because of the railway that it was renamed from **Bluff Plains (township) to Brooloo when the teacher at the school asked for the name change to correspond with the name Brooloo Railway Terminus.”
* (Courtesy of Beth Wilson, Local History Officer, Gympie Regional Libraries)
(The remains of this Rail Line may be seen by the small creek that flows through the Bellbird Habitat)
** (In reference to a nearby geological feature titled “Brooloo Bluff”)
(For Origin of Place Names “Brooloo”, “Mary Valley” & others, Click on Highlighted Text) __________________________________________________________________________________________________
Your Birding Experience –
Take a picnic lunch, blanket, and or tables and chairs; relax a while in the peaceful glade that is the “Brooloo Bellbird Habitat” while listening to the tinkling call of the Bell Miner, commonly referred to as the “Bellbird”.
Watch for White-throated Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, and the friendly Eastern Yellow Robin.
You may even be lucky enough to see a Pacific Baza as he hunts for Stick Insects in the outer canopy of the surrounding trees!
The small creek that flows through the Bellbird Habitat offers an opportunity to stay a while into the late afternoon to watch for birds as they come to bathe.
A short walk down an unsealed forest track and across a cattle grid leads you into more open forest country, and State Forest.
Take care – watch your footing as you cross the grid!
Please Note – Before entering State Forests, please visit “Park Alerts, Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing”, as weather conditions may limit access to facilities & entrance of these.
Click here To hear the call of the Bellbird (including those too of the Eastern Whipbird & Australasian Figbird)
To listen to the Song “Call of the Bellbird”, (By kind permission of the Webb Brothers), Click Play on Bar below
Please drive according to conditions on all “Bird Trails of Cooloola”
For a Digital Map to “Brooloo Bellbird Habitat” – Click Here
Habitat Type (As per Regional Ecosystem (RE) Data) –
RE 12.11.10 - Notophyll vine forest +/- Araucaria cunninghamii on metamorphics +/- interbedded volcanics _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Walking Excursion – A short walk down an unsealed forest track running through the Bellbird Habitat will bring you to a bridge and cattle grid over a small creek. Crossing over this bridge will lead you into more open forest country, and State Forest.
Points to Note for your Safety – Take care with loose gravel underfoot, and uneven ground. Take care while crossing cattle grid; supervision of children is recommended.
What to expect of your Excursion – The peace and tranquility of a forest glade amid the tinkling calls of the Bell Miner, one of Australia’s iconic birds. Sitting by the small creek running through the Bellbird Habitat during the late afternoon will provide you with the delightful experience of observing these and other bird species coming to bathe.
Appropriate footwear, clothing, Sunscreen & Insect Repellant are recommended for all “Bird Trail” excursions, as are the further necessities & precautionary measures outlined in “Your Health & Safety while Birdwatching”, linked below.
Among the variety of Bird Species you may encounter while at “Brooloo Bellbird Habitat” are –
Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Peaceful Dove, Scaley - breasted Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Variegated Fairy-wren, Bell Miner, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, White-eared Monarch
(Note – Surveying conditions and Bird Species as described are accurate at time of compilation; these may vary over time with the influence of climate and other factors)