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Bed, Breakfast and Birds
at Abberton

Set in mature gardens and natural bushland on 11 riverside acres in the heart of Queensland's bird-rich Lockyer Valley, Abberton offers exceptional birding, and expert guiding, coupled with quality accommodation just 5 minutes away.

212 of our 217 recorded species have been observed from the house verandahs (mostly during long and leisurely birding over coffee or tea).Abberton's remarkable bird list stems from its situation at a unique crossroads formed by the conjunction of the Great Dividing Range, running north/south, with the bird highway of Lockyer Creek, which runs from west to east.

Accordingly, at different times of the year we are visited by birds from the north, south, east and west in addition to the substantial number of local residents both here at Abberton, and in a range of nearby bird habitats, ranging from rain forest to wetland.


Rainbow Bee-eaters from the verandah


Roosting Tawny Frogmouths

Please note - new sightings will not be reported on this site after 2017!

We now update friends and readers with photographs and news
of current happenings through email circulars.

To receive occasional updates and photos, just drop an email to:

and I'll be pleased to forward you the latest update by return, as well as future postings and pics.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bill Jolly at Abberton

More than 400 bird species have been recorded within a day's birding of Abberton,
including some of Australia's scarcest birds.

At Abberton itself, our 220 recorded species include 20 different birds of prey and 11 species of cuckoo, as well as Glossy Black, Yellow-tailed Black and Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos and occasional rarities such as Australian Painted Snipe, Lewin's Rail and Black Honeyeater.

More than 50 species have nested here, including Rainbow Bee-eater, Sacred Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Pacific Baza, Buff-banded Rail and Speckled Warbler.

For a full annotated Abberton Species List or an annotated Lockyer Valley list click here

Brown Goshawk on the verandah

Rose Robin

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the garden

Eastern Whipbird

Bill and Eileen

 Bill & Eileen Jolly at home at Abberton,

and, more recently, birding on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo.


Please feel free to CONTACT US with any questions !
We are always pleased to answer any queries and to help 
you in any way we can to plan your trip to Queensland.

email us at:

Bill Jolly, Abberton, Helidon, Qld
(27 34' 21' S; 152 08' 21' E)