Friday 18th October

An evening with Sean Dooley

Shoalhaven Heads Bowling and Recreation Club.
From 6pm to 9.30pm

A chance to get to know other Festival-goers in an informal atmosphere, under the excellent care of everyone’s favourite birder, Sean Dooley joined by Robyn Williams, science journalist, presenter of ABC Radio National’s The Science Show and “National Living Treasure “.

Price includes light dinner and twittering entertainment. Drinks available at club prices.

Raffle tickets available on Fri and Saturday.

BirdLife Shoalhaven’s is raising funds to install interpretative bird signs at some of Shoalhaven’s best bird walks. This builds on last year’s raffle, which helped pay for new bird signs at Lake Wollumboola.

We now want to install signs at the bird walks at Bangalee Reserve, Ben’s Walk, Narrawallee Inlet and Burrill Lake. These signs will feature photographs from some of BirdLife Shoalhaven’s great photographers.

Shoalhaven Council has committed to do the installation and design new map signs for the walks. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards this exciting project.

If you would like to make a separate donation for the project, please email

Saturday 19th October

Events all day


From 6.30am to 7.30am

1. Get out and about for a spot of early birding.

2. Join us for an early morning beach yoga class inspired by our feathered friends. We’ll meet at the surf club and walk along Seven Mile Beach, stopping to warm up with some gentle shoulder and hip opening poses like “Eagle” and “Pigeon” before spreading our wings to build flexibility, balance and strength with more advanced poses such as “stork” and “crow”. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience. 


Shoalhaven Heads ‘International Airport’, Shoalhaven River Estuary. From 7.30 to 9am

Join us for a BBQ breakfast down at Bird Spotting Central. Then stroll along to the Bowlo for the big day of talks. A fundraiser for a Shoalhaven Heads service club.


Expert Talks

Shoalhaven Heads Bowling and Recreation Club. From 9.30am to 4pm

A packed program of talks by experts:

  • Tim Low (Where Song Began)
  • Jacqueline Nguyen, avian paleontologist
  • Peggy McDonald, raptor rehabilitator
  • Fiona Blandford, Act for Birds organiser  
  • Prof Richard Fuller, shorebird expert
  • Nicholas Carlile, seabird researcher

Ticket includes morning tea and lunch.  


Far Meadow Table, Coolangatta Rd, Far Meadow. From 7.00pm

Price $75 for three course meal with welcome drink

Experience the flavours of your surrounds and enjoy the best of the season at a dinner designed around the food that birds eat. A carefully selected beer and wine menu available to purchase with your meal. Numbers strictly limited.

– Beetroot & fennel salad with candied sunflower seeds, orange & honey dressing, sourdough croutons

– Seed & nut crusted snapper, domino potatoes, spring vegetables, mint & lemon butter

– Passionfruit custard tart with lime, strawberries & sesame seed tuile

Sunday 20th October

Festival Day


Curtis Park, Celia Parade (opposite the Shoalhaven Heads Botanic Garden) Birds are fabulous and we are throwing them a party. Book places at the children’s activities workshops  and other workshops 



In the historic Coolangatta Village Great Hall, Coolangatta Winery, 3pm to 5.30pm

$35 per person

‘Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world. Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Audiences are encouraged to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections and an immersive soundscape. Enjoy this critically acclaimed work by Simone Slattery and Anthony Albrecht, based on Tim Low’s book.

Tim Lowe

We are thrilled that Tim Low, the author of the bestselling book, Where Song Began, is a keynote speaker at this year’s festival.

Sean Dooley

Don’t miss the fun of our opening night, with everyone’s favourite birder Sean Dooley. Author of The Big Twitch, editor of Australian Birdlife magazine, and former holder of the Australian Big Year twitching record, Sean is an entertaining speaker with boundless enthusiasm for birding and life. Don’t miss it.

Dr Jackie Nguyen

We are delighted that Dr Jackie Nguyen, an avian palaeontologist at the Australian Museum, is returning to the Festival after her widely praised talk last year.