"Inskip Peninsula" Along the "Bird Trails of Cooloola"
(Photo Courtesy of Fiona Hawthorne, Cooloola Coastcare)
About “Inskip Peninsula”
From 1965 until 1976, areas of Inskip Peninsula, (more often referred to as Inskip Point), were subject to sand mining for Rutile, Zircon and Ilmenite.
Upon cessation of this activity, rehabilitation of mining affected areas was undertaken with planting of native vegetation.
Today, Inskip Peninsula is widely recognised and appreciated by many as a great place to “get away from it all” for a camping holiday.
It is equally well recognised as one of the best “Birding” sites in South-east Queensland.
(The following information is with acknowledgements to “The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing”)
“The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area was declared in 1996, covering 459 ha of the Inskip Peninsula and extends to the low water mark.
It contains land which is Reserve and State land tenure, managed by “The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing” (NPRSR).
Although the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area is only 459 ha, its’ natural values are wide ranging.
Its’ unique aesthetic qualities provide a surf beach to the east, the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait to the west and largely uninterrupted views to Fraser Island.
The area supports a variety of vegetation including mangroves, allocasuarina, paperbark and scribbly gum woodlands, mallee brush box forest and cypress forest.
This vegetation provides habitat for a variety of animals including 112 bird species.
Rare and threatened species inhabit the area, which is also a roosting site for migratory shorebirds protected under international conventions.
Studies have identified a number of migratory bird species which use the intertidal sandbanks for feeding and roosting during their stay in Australia from September to April each year.
In March–April the birds migrate to Siberia to breed, returning to Australia in September–October.
The time they spend in Australia is essential to build their energy reserves so they are healthy enough to continue their journey north each year.
If disturbed during this time the risk of the birds not surviving their journey increases.
Inskip Point is a significant habitat for the endangered black-breasted button-quail and the vulnerable beach stone-curlew.
The area is also a major feeding and roosting ground for many significant wader birds, making the recreation area subject to two international conventions, the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA) and the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA).
The wetlands of Inskip Peninsula and the Great Sandy Straits are of international significance, listed under the Convention of Wetlands agreement (Ramsar).”
Click on the link below for more information on Inskip Peninsula
While the Inskip forest canopy is home to a great variety of Honeyeaters & many more Bush Bird species, the shoreline is only a few short steps away, offering Birders a wide range of sea & shore frequenting birds, including migratory & resident Tern & Shorebird species.
(The small sand island just offshore from the peninsula tip is an important migratory Tern & Shorebird Roost.)
To Print the Brochure “Birds of Inskip Peninsula” giving a full listing of Bird Species recorded at Inskip –Click here
(All species listed recorded from the “Bullock Point” turnoff to the Fraser Island Barge Landings)
Members of Birds Queensland have conducted regular February surveys of Inskip Peninsula Birds over 10 years, from 2002 to 2011.