Footprint-free tour: Join the NPWS Discovery rangers for a paddle on Moonee Creek.
Footprint-free tour: Join the NPWS Discovery rangers for a paddle on Moonee Creek.

Discover our coast with rangers

OUR Living Coast is an initiative between Bellingen, Coffs City and Nambucca Shire Councils to jointly develop the principles needed for a sustainable future.

One aspect of the project is to sponsor National Parks and Wildlife Discovery tours as a way of promoting and protecting the region’s natural and cultural values.

This summer the NPWS Discovery programs have been expanded to include tours in all three shires areas with the sponsored tours starting on Thursday, January 6, and continuing until January 19.

They include a canoe tour on Moonee Creek, a spotlight walk through Valla Nature Reserve, an Aboriginal cultural walk in Bongil Bongil National Park and some time with the grey-headed flying foxes on Bellingen Island.

First tour on the program is the Moonee Creek Magic Canoe Tour on Thursday, January 6.

This three-hour paddle up Moonee Creek will introduce you to the unspoilt beauty of the lower estuary area. Learn about the local wildlife and vegetation and also the threats posed by rising sea levels and ocean acidification due to climate change.

Aboriginal Discovery ranger Mark Flanders will talk about the importance of the creek as a tribal boundary and resource area for the Gumbaynnggir peoples.

Participants must be competent swimmers and over six years old, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $25 adult, $15 child, $65 family, which includes canoe hire.

Numbers are limited so bookings are essential, phone 6652 0900. For the full program go to www.environment.nsw. gov.au/National Parks/Tours.aspx.



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