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Field Trips

All field trips include return bus travel (leaving the conference venue at approximately 9am and returning at approximately 5pm) and lunch. Under or over-subscription for particular field trips may result in your first preference not being available. Please select your first and second preference field trip on the registration form.


Upper Murrumbidgee Water Catchment Management

Visit the Yass - Murrumbidgee region (45 mins from Canberra) and learn about water resources management in Australia. Visit sites related to water management in the region and learn about River Management Committees, irrigation entitlements, environmental flows, groundwater management issues and water quality issues. This tour includes a visit to Murrumbateman Winery (to learn about traditional rural industries in the catchment such as viticulture, olive growing and part time farming), Dicks Creek (dryland salinity, erosion, nutrient management, flood control and riparian zone management) and the Yass River Valley (agroforestry and revegetation).

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

This tour takes on a ranger-guided walk through the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Walk the beautiful Lyre Bird Trail and visit the Mt Creek Rainforest to see, first hand, the birds, animals and vegetation of the Australian bush. Issues covered will include the special and unique flora and fauna of the region and also the management of the Nature Reserve itself. There will also be included a visit to the new Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre which employs the latest in renewable energy and wastewater reuse technology.

Australian Aboriginal Culture and Ecology

This tour will take you to some little known sites of significance to Aboriginal people in and around Canberra, including Aboriginal cultural and sacred sites. Tour guides will be local Tribal Elders who will relate stories of their people's past and aspirations for the future. The tour will include a trip to Namadgi National Park to learn about Aboriginal history and culture and their deep and unique association with the land and the Australian environment, including their traditional management of the environment over tens of thousands of years. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal food, dancing and storytelling. The tour includes a visit to the historic and controversial Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

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Author: Frank Frezza
Date Last Modified: 12 May 2000
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