Just back from our national capital
Last week we decided to make a short trip to the Canberra area, familiarising ourselves with the birding areas (we're pretty new to birding, and keen to explore). Having seen splendid ganggangs in Glenrowan, we sallied north to see what the ACT had to offer. Of course, the season was not optimal, but we think there are at least four places we will revisit in spring (with some of the gorgeous rosellas we found - we never get tired of them).
3. Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre
On the day we visited, the southern part of Namadgi was closed, so we did a tiny part of the Australian Alps Walking Track. It was quite magical, with brooding grey skies, though very quiet on the birding front. We had better luck on our return to the Visitor Centre - on the adjacent Woodland Walk, we encountered a multitude of rosellas feeding in the low lying vegetation. First, we saw about ten Crimsons, then a flock of at least fifty Eastern rosellas, including juveniles. (eBird)
Of course, there are many Canberrans and other experts who know far more about where to go and what to see than we do - these are just our impressions. We stayed in a rural setting in Carwoola, at Eagle Rock Studio - it was warm (and yes, the nights were chilly!), safe and comfortable, and a great host. Highly recommended.
We're keen to expand our visits in future - please tell us other places we should visit near Canberra, when and why...we'd love to read your suggestions in the comments.