Sunny South Coast
This pre-conference tour goes from Monday 5 September to Friday 9 September, departing Sydney at 9 a.m. (with additional pickup at Kiama at 11am) to head down the coast to for two nights at Huskisson and two nights at Bateman’s Bay.
Day 1 This first day travelling south for two nights at Huskisson has two walks at Bomaderry and a mangrove walk at Huskisson. We also may be able to fit in a walk to Wreck Bay with the focus on bush tucker plants of the area.
Day 2 We will explore Booderee National Park and botanic gardens with your choice to stroll at leisure around the gardens or participate in guided walks. A visit to the Cape St George lighthouse ruins will follow, with cliff top and heathland walks. Another walk takes us along the White Sands beaches famous in this area. We can also view the newly found banksia at Vincentia.
For non-plant-oriented partners, who just want to chill out, there are several whale or dolphin watch cruises available from this scenic small port, as well as an exploration of the local waterways to bird watch or just enjoy the scenery. The Lady Denman Maritime Museum is also worth a visit or just walk along the nearby sandy beaches. At own cost.
Day 3 We will drive down the coast to Bateman’s Bay to stay for another 2 nights. As before, the drive will be punctuated by stops to view and walk among representative plant communities in Murramarrang National Park and a visit to the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens.
Day 4 A drive to Tuross Head includes a stopover in the tiny heritage town of Mogo, where you can buy a coffee, or gift from one of the eclectic collection of cafes, galleries and shops which line the main street.
We then visit 'Horse Island’, the spectacular private garden which has been featured in newspapers and garden magazines for many years. Christina Kennedy, the owner, has even written a book about it.
On the trip back to Bateman’s Bay we will fit in a walk in either Bodalla State forest or the South Pacific Heathland Reserve.
Day 5 On our last day, we now head north via another private garden and lunch in Moreton National Park and a rainforest walk. We will also stop at Ulladulla to walk the Gondwana Fossil Walk before arriving back in Kiama around 5 pm in time for you to settle into your own accommodation before the conference starts with the complimentary excursion of Kiama and its surrounds on Saturday.
Queries about the conference and tours can be directed to:
Heather Miles, Secretary@austplants.com.au, 0408 696 356
Ralph Cartwright, Conf2022@spin.net.au, 0416 030 872
Please note: Tour itineraries are subject to change without notice.
Images: Heather Miles