SPEND EASTER IN THE HEART OF EAST GIPPSLAND'S FORESTS
30th March -2nd April 2018
Be guided by expert ecologists revealing the delicate workings of these ancient eco-systems, be awed by the diversity of a pristine rainforest and be outraged by the logging and continuing destruction.
- Tour with expert botanists
- Explore rainforests and old growth
- Search for giant trees
- Spotlight for nocturnal wildlife
- Camp with like-minded people
- Learn more about the huge potential of our forests to store carbon
Every Easter, we hold a camp where people can join in a variety of day trips. Some of the places we visit are mountain tops, old growth forests, rainforests, alpine wetlands, and we learn about our these areas (and the politics of their management) from expert biologists and forest campaigners.
To book online through Eventbrite - click here
Click here to read a descriptive account of the weekend from a keen naturalist and walker from Canberra who came to the 2015 camp.
East Gippsland has some of the most ancient and beautiful forests in the world. They protect the soil, store carbon and produce clean water in abundance. They also provide critical habitat for endangered species.
Be awed by the beauty and complexity of these magnificent old forests and be outraged by the destruction.
The camping area has dry composting toilets. We provide: tour guides, firewood for the two community fires at the marquee, information tent and organic fruit to take on daily walks.
$75 for adults ($50 concession & teens), $35 a day ($25 concession & teens), under 13s free.
In the evenings camp by the Brodribb River beneath the peppermint and manna gums, spotlight for nightlife or take part in some evening botanical entertainment.
There will be hot hearty (vegan) soup and bread rolls and delicious deserts for sale on Saturday and Sunday nights for those not wanting to cook.
Bring camping gear, friends, food and transport, (maybe fuel as well - the nearest shop is 70km to the south).
Please - no four-legged friends.
Select your daily activities from a range of guided short and long drives and walks into the forests lead by experts. Take an organic farm tour, enjoy wholesome soups for hungry walkers, learn how to save the forests without leaving home, and more.
This is the holiday for forest fanatics!
This camp has been held in East Gippsland since the local environment group formed in 1982. It is EEG's main annual fundraiser so we can continue to campaign to save these forests and protect the environment of the region.
The camps are held in a small farming settlement called Goongerah, about 70 km north of Orbost and nestled between the Snowy and Errinundra National Parks. The Goongerah camp ground and adjoining farm is the base for walks and other activities.
To download PDF maps click here
The tour leaders include people with many years experience in the forests of this region. A regular well-known personality is botanist - 'Sir' David Cameron. His boundless enthusiasm and knowledge of the plants and history of East Gippsland enthrals his audience; his specialty being rainforests. If you chose to take a walk with David, be ready for information overload. David also brings his famous rainforest slide show to explain every fascinating aspect of the living rainforest ecosystem. This show is presented under the marquee with Yellow-bellied gliders calling from the trees above.
Another guide is long-time resident and outspoken conservationist Jill Redwood. She coordinates Environment East Gippsland and is another raconteur of the walks. She will explain the environmental and European history of the region. As these forests have also provided the logging industry with wood for many decades, the results of forest management on the ecology and biodiversity of these areas are also explained.
View past programmes of the guided tours and activities
- 2012 Forests Forever programme.pdf
- 2013 Forests Forever programme.pdf
- 2014 Forests Forever programme.pdf
- 2015 Forests Forever programme.pdf
- 2016 Forests Forever programme.pdf
- 2017 Forests Forever programme.pdf
A friendly tree-therapy event not to be missed ~ make your booking early as numbers are limited.