G’day, nature lovers.
If you are a nature nerd like me, you’ll love the activities on the 19th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day, 14-15 October 2017. There will be guided walks, tree plantings, bike rides, picnics and more.
The Big Scrub Rainforest once covered 75,000ha of the Byron Hinterland. It formed on parts of the Tweed Caldera, the big volcano, which erupted about 20 million years ago. The Big Scrub was the largest lowland rainforest in Australia, unfortunately there is less than 1% of the original rainforest left. For the past 25 years, Big Scrub Landcare has been tirelessly working to protect what is left, restore rainforest and engage & educate the community.
Big Scrub Rainforest Day Programme
The Big Scrub Rainforest Day is a celebration of the work that has been done thus far and to inform people about still needs to be done. There are heaps of activities to choose from, for all ages and abilities.
1. Walk, Plant, Discover & Play
Upper Tucki Tucki Landcare Group, Supported by Richmond Landcare Inc. and Lismore City Council
Come and discover the Big Scrub in your back yard, and explore the wonders of Tucki Tucki Creek. Bring the whole family for a short walk, stopping at discovery stations along the way. Plant a tree, listen out for frogs, make butterfly craft, dip net for water bugs, assemble a nesting box, watch out for wildlife and learn from the Landcarers. Bring a picnic and stay a while, or continue on for a longer walk along this urban corridor.
WHERE: Start at the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Gully, corner of Kadina Street and Oliver Avenue Goonellabah.
WHEN: Sunday 15th October, 9:00am to 12:00 noon
(Tree planting 9:00am to 11:00am)
CONTACT: email@example.com or 6622 1555
Formed over 9 years ago with the support of LCC, Upper Tucki Tucki Creek Landcare is a local Landcare group caring for the Tucki Tucki Creek, an urban waterway in Goonellabah. Richmond Landcare is the umbrella network for Landcare groups in the Richmond catchment and is an incorporated non-profit group. Lismore City Council oversees the beautiful Lismore Local Government Area, which encompasses Lismore City, Nimbin and surrounding villages. http://www.richmondlandcare.org | http://www.lismore.nsw.gov.au
2. Night Vision Walk
Vision Walks – Eco Tours with Wendy Bithell
Come and explore the Big Scrub rainforest at night, searching for nocturnal wildlife (without disturbing them with a torch), using military grade night vision goggles, arguably one of the best uses for military technology found to date. This is a special Night Vision Walk just for the Big Scrub Rainforest Day.
WHERE: Meet at Rummery Park, in Nightcap National Park
WHEN: Saturday 14th October. Walks departing 8:30pm, 9:30pm or 10:30pm.
WHAT TO BRING: People can wear glasses but contacts are easier. All participants must wear covered shoes and bring their own, water, jackets etc.
COST: $50 Adult | $40 Concession (Student/Pensioner)
$30 Child (10-17 years old). (This tour is usually
$125pp). Each person will get a one-hour session with the Night Vision Goggles and a souvenir Night Vision Photo of them wearing their night vision goggles.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential. There is a maximum group size of 6 people. Kids must be 10 years or older. A paying adult must accompany all children.
Vision Walks – Eco Tours, have provided walks and wildlife tours in the Northern Rivers for the past ten years. Our flagship tour is our Night Vision Walk, and there is nothing like this in the world. www.visionwalks.com
3. Community Planting & Picnic
Lismore Landcare Alliance
Celebrate Big Scrub Rainforest Day with the Lismore Landcare Alliance. Join us for a community tree planting & picnic with music, art and conversation in the Banyam Baigham Wetlands.
WHERE: Bridge Street North Lismore (near cnr of Pitt Street)
WHEN: Sat 14th October | 11:00am to 2:00pm
COST: FREE, BYO picnic
CONTACT: Kristin den Exter | 0414 223 139 firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is presented by the Wilsons River Landcare Group, Banyam Baigham Landcare Group, Bush Fruits Landcare and Richmond Landcare Inc. with the support of Big Scrub Landcare and Lismore City Council.
4. Rainforest Identification Walk
Brunswick Valley Heritage Park Landcare with guest speakers Justin Mallee, Threatened Species Project Officer (Saving our Species Program) and Dr Joanne Green.
Join us for a walk through a rainforest arboretum guided by local ecologists followed by afternoon tea. You will find a wide range of labelled rainforest species from the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed River catchments including a number of rare and threatened species.
WHERE: Heritage Park, Mullumbimby
WHEN: Saturday 14th October 1pm – 4pm
COST: FREE | Afternoon tea – gold coins DONATION
BOOKINGS: Walks will leave every hour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.
Please email with your preference of time.
CONTACT: Alison | 6626 7028 | email@example.com
Heritage Park was imagined and created by the Maslen family in the 1980s. Heritage Park is maintained by Landcare volunteers under the umbrella of Brunswick Valley Landcare. Brunswick Valley Landcare’s mission is to “conserve and restore our environment from forest to foreshore”. www.brunswickvalleylandcare.org.au
Bushwalk To 3 Waterfalls
Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club Inc.
Come and join Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club on a walk to the three waterfalls in the lower Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area: Minyon, Quondong & Boomerang.
WHERE: Minyon Grass off Nightcap Range Road, Nightcap National Park
WHEN: Sunday 15th October | 9:00am – 3:00pm
WHAT TO Water, lunch & morning tea, hat, sturdy shoes/boot,
BRING: leg protection (gaiters, long pants)
COST: FREE – register as a guest of the Club
BOOKINGS: Apply at least three days before the event. Intending participants are required to read the clubs essential information document and sign an acknowledgment of risk. They will then participate as a guest of the Club.
CONTACT: Shane | 0427 557 823 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Club is an organisation that runs a variety of bushwalking and other activities each week in the National Parks, State Forests and coastal areas of the North Coast Region. The Club has been operating since 1976, is based in Lismore and is affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. www.northernriversbushwalkersclub.org.au
Mountain Bike Tour
With Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay director and head guide Byron Rowland
Ride through the breathtaking World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park and plunge back in time exploring ancient subtropical rainforest and taking in the spectacular Minyon Falls. Listen to the sound of parrots, kookaburras and bellbirds and be on the lookout for native wildlife such as wallabies, goannas, snakes and perhaps even a koala! Pull up for a homemade lunch and marvel at one of many waterfalls in the area. This full day tour caters for all levels of fitness and includes transport, lunch, snacks, entry fees, water bottle and instruction by experienced guides.
WHERE: Pick up Byron Bay 9am or meet us at Minyon Falls top carport at 10am.
WHEN: Saturday 14th October, 10 am
COST: Adult $109 / Children (under 15) $89 (Note: Usual tour price is $139)
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential and must be either emailed or phoned directly to receive the Big Scrub discount price. We have a maximum of 10; kids are 10 or older (some conditions can accommodate younger). All riders must have a reasonable fitness level. Other details will be discussed on booking.
CONTACT: 0429 122 504 | email@example.com
Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay is one of the longest running tour companies in Byron Bay with 15 years of experience. They offer a selection of tours and are the only company to offer mountain bike tours. www.mountainbiketours.com.au
Community Big Scrub Planting
Rous County Council in association with Big Scrub Landcare
Bring the family and help us restore the Big Scrub by assisting us to plant 1000 rainforest trees around Emigrant Creek Dam – to protect water quality in the water supply catchment. Following the planting, explore the local area.
WHERE: Emigrant Creek Dam, Killen Falls Drive, Brooklet
WHEN: Sunday 15th October | 9:00am to 12:00pm
WHAT TO BRING: Water, hat, gloves, enclosed footwear, long pants and long sleeved shirt.
COST: FREE – lunch & refreshments provided
CONTACT: 6623 3800 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rous County Council manages Emigrant Creek Dam to supply drinking water to the Ballina and Lennox Head areas (supplementing the Rocky Creek Dam and Wilsons River supplies). The water in Emigrant Creek Dam comes from a catchment that is an agricultural area with rural residential and some tourist development. Rous County Council is actively engaged in rainforest regeneration within the catchment – that serves a range of functions that improve the quality of the water in the catchment. http://www.rous.nsw.gov.au | www.bigscrubrainforest.org