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To the Big Scrub and Back!

Summary: This 2- day field trip to northern NSW will occur on 21-24 September (inclusive of travel days) and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look at the progress being made in rainforest restoration in the ‘Big Scrub’ landscape near Lismore over the last four decades. Big Scrub Landcare’s landscape scale restoration program received SERA’s 2016 Award for Restoration Excellence in the Australian and large project categories. The very special thing about this field trip is not just the sites but that we have assembled the very best tour leaders including those highly familiar with the works on the sites and with the local botany and ecology. The tour will take in Australia’s oldest known modern restoration project (initiated by Ambrose Crawford at Lumley Park, Alstonville, in 1935), historic Victoria Park and Rocky Creek Dam restoration sites, as well as ongoing projects on private property. Strategic planning and collaborations for landscape scale, long term involvement by landholders and agencies will be emphasised.  This will be a chance to share an inspiring experience with a small group of like-minded people. The field trip is a collaboration between SERA, the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators and Big Scrub Landcare.

Limit: 20 people

Cost:  Base cost for the tour is $160. This does not include accommodation or transport to Lismore. Cost will vary depending on accommodation type and whether more than one person is sharing - but indicative costs are $484 (single) or $644 (twin share).  Accurate costs can be obtained by enquiring through and payment of accommodation (through Tein) is required before your field trip booking will be validated. Cancellation cannot be later than 2 weeks prior to the event unless we have a waiting list.

Cost of the field trip includes bus transport for the two days, morning teas, lunches and a BBQ on one evening and bus transport to the SERA2018 conference in Brisbane on Monday 24th. It does not include the cost of travel to Lismore or Ballina, accommodation, room service, breakfasts, evening meals on Friday or Sunday or taxis to or from Lismore. Room service cooked or continental breakfasts available at the motel and the bus will stop at food shop for picking up your own breakfast ingredients for preparing in your motel or cabin.

Note: Guests will need to arrange their own transport to Lismore or Ballina to arrive by the afternoon of Fri 21st.


Fri 21 -  Guests arrive at Lismore or Ballina airport by late afternoon and will be met and transported to the motel. (Guests must book and pay for their own transport to Lismore or Ballina.)

Sat 22 – The first day will include an in-depth guided tour of three seminal rainforest restoration projects including on private land (The Handley’s property ‘Brockley’) and two on public land (Victoria Park NR) and Lumley Park (a project initiated by dairy farmer Ambrose Crawford in 1935, making it earliest modern day ecological restoration project we know of in Australia).  The day will be capped off with an early BBQ dinner, hosted by Big Scrub Landcare, on a highly scenic private property in the heart of Big Scrub country.

Sun 23 – The second day will continue the tour of sites where restoration techniques have been pioneered and results are outstanding including Booyong NR and Rocky Creek Dam. The afternoon will include a visit to Brook farm to show how restoration can be integrated into the economic future of the Big Scrub Landscape.

Mon 24 – Charter bus to Brisbane in time for the opening of SERA2018.