Australia Communities Road Trip

Later in 2019 we have 2 local journeys planned connecting with alternative, sustainable, and indigenous heritage, and our incredible Victorian natural environment.

Trip 1: November 2019

Conservation Land Management, Hilldene

Partnering with Lincoln Kern and Practical Ecology we’ll be exploring Conservation Land Management and managing a population of wild goats on a private block in Tooborac, Vic. This could be a challenging weekend involving the possible hunting and processing of wild game, to be cooked in a traditional earth oven with Jida Gulpilil our CERES indigenous cultural educator.

This project is primarily focused on regenerating a Box Iron-bark forest, where we’ll make a hands-on contribution to bush fire fuel reduction, pest management, and species identification; while understanding how to work in regeneration in Central Victoria.

Trip 2: November 2019 

Walking our Watershed forests, Yarra Ranges Vic

Joined by legendary bushman and water whisperer Don we will travel into the Yarra Ranges to learn the story of our watershed forests. The trip will start from CERES and follow the Yarra Yarra river up into its source – the Yarra Ranges where high rainfall forms many small streams that make their path below ancient Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash to fill the Yarra with their pristine water. From the Warburton to Walhalla and right up in to the Toolangi tree tops, we will listen to the wisdom of the forests and meet the locals who protect it.  We will talk Great Forest National Park and hear from the passionate Wotch Mob.

As Don says “Without the wet forested mountains, Melbourne wouldn’t have the Yarra and it’s unlikely Melbourne would exist. It is my vision to connect Melbourne people to the source of its waters – the Home of the Yarra.”

Cost and Further Information for Both 4 Day Journeys

Cost: $680 for each of the 4-day journeys, which include all meals, transport, camping fees and engagements.

Transport and accommodation
We’ll travel via coaster bus, setting up our own camping accommodation along the way. When visiting properties and communities we’ll make a contribution to current projects and get involved in return for some sit down conversations about the triumphs and challenges faced. We’ll eat local produce, learn local ways, and connect with the land and inspirational people doing inspirational things.

The trip will be departing from and arriving back at CERES in East Brunswick, Melbourne. We’ll leave early Friday morning and return late Monday night. To take part you’ll need to bring a tent, roll mat/mattress, bedding, a cup and a bowl.

Contact the CERES Global team to register your interest: global@ceres.org.au

For further info, feel free to check out our Road Trip report Easter 2017  to learn all about what we got up to when CERES Global last hit the road.