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Parks Week has something for everyone

The award winning National Parks Discovery team will play a big role in the activities planned to celebrate Parks Week in March. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
The award winning National Parks Discovery team will play a big role in the activities planned to celebrate Parks Week in March. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED CONTRIBUTED

FROM the Dorrigo rainforest to Muttonbird Island, National Parks Discovery Rangers have cooked up a feast of activities to celebrate Parks Week next month.

Whether on two wheels, two feet or with a paddle, there's something for everyone in the trove designed for family fun and showing people the many ways that parks can be enjoyed.

National Parks Discovery coordinator, Andrew Turbill, said the first weekend in March was an opportunity for people to take advantage of free or reduced cost ranger guided activities.

"The award winning National Parks Discovery team have dreamed up a huge weekend of family fun with ranger guided activities happening at Bongil Bongil National Park on Saturday, March 2, and Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve and Dorrigo National Park on Sunday, March 3," Mr Turbill said. 

Bongil Bongil National Park events include a mountain bike trek with morning tea provided, guided canoe paddling on Bonville Creek plus Aboriginal bushtucker walks and WilderQuest games for children.

At Dorrigo the public is invited to rise with the early birds and hear about the myriad of winged species from local bird expert Brian Hawkins.

The rainforest will also provide an amazing backdrop to stretch out the body and soul with yoga teacher Karen Caves.

"We just wanted to make the weekend as accessible and fun as we possibly could to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience our beautiful parks and reserves, but with something extra to make it a special celebration," Mr Turbill said.

"Seriously, how much fun can you have with eight National Parks Discovery Rangers, your mountain bikes, a trailer full of canoes, a bunch of didgeridoos, a rainforest yoga instructor, stacks of delicious hot food and three wonderful Gumbaynggirr Aunties?" he said

There is also an opportunity to learn more about Coffs Coast Aboriginal culture with Gumbaynggirr elders at the Muttonbird Island Outdoor Education and Cultural space from 10am to 2pm.

The elders will sing, perform poetry, dance, tell stories and hold hands-on workshops.

"Bookings are required for the Bongil Bongil Two Wheel Trek tour, Breakfast with the Birds walk and Yoga in the Rainforest. Please check full details on the Parks Week website," Mr Turbill said.

Details at nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/parksweek.

Topics:  andrew turbill national parks



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