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Pre- and Post-Conference Field Trips

Two 5-day and two 1-day field trips will visit a variety of natural and cultivated habitats on the New South Wales South Coast, Kosciusko National Park and the Brindabella Range. Full details are provided below and are also covered in the April 2015 Update, which is available for download (PDF).

Pre-Conference Field Trip - New South Wales South Coast

Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November

Cost: Double/twin $595.00 per person; Single: $795.00

The trip will take you from the tablelands of the ACT down the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range to the South Coast of NSW. We will see a range of ecosystems, including wet and dry sclerophyll forests, rainforest and heathland, taking in the South East Corner and Sydney Basin bioregions.

The five days will include visits to national parks and reserves, and private and public gardens in the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven areas. There will be a number of short walks requiring a basic level of fitness, and spectacular scenery over around 200km of coastline stretching from Narooma in the south to Jervis Bay in the north.

Pre Conference Tour


Our botanical guide will be John Knight, an expert on the flora of the region and former manager and head horticulturalist at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens for 20 years until 2012. John’s contribution to the knowledge of Australian plants in the course of a notable professional career in the natural science field spanning 30 years was recognised in 2005 with an Australian Plants Award in the professional category.

Accommodation will be at motels in Batemans Bay and Mollymook. The cost of the trip will cover accommodation, bus travel and most lunches and morning/ afternoon teas. All dinners and some lunches are at own expense.

DAY ONE: Monday 9 November

Leave Canberra around morning tea time and drive to historic Braidwood for lunch before continuing to the Monga National Park to view the waratahs along the Mongarlowe River (Telopea mongaensis). Travel back in time on the Penance Grove boardwalk in a pocket of cool temperate rainforest featuring ancient plumwood trees which form a cathedral-like canopy over tree ferns. Cross Clyde Mountain and the Clyde River to reach Batemans Bay. Overnight at Batemans Bay.

DAY TWO: Tuesday 10 November

Travel south to spend the morning at Horse Island, an exceptional private garden near Bodalla, then visit Bodalla State Forest for a short walk through the mosses and ferns of grey myrtle rainforest. After a scenic picnic lunch at Narooma, visit the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens which grows and displays plants occurring naturally in the region, for a guided tour. Overnight at Batemans Bay.

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DAY THREE: Wednesday 11 November

Visit Pebbly Beach in Murramurrang National Park, famous for its kangaroos and birdlife, to explore its pristine beach and flora, then travel further north to visit 'Old Blotchy', one of the largest spotted gums (Corymbia maculata) in NSW. In the afternoon, explore South Pacific Heathland Reserve, on the water’s edge near Ulladulla, established to protect rare native flora and fauna. Here we will see an amazingly diverse heathland containing banksias, grevilleas, correas, isopogons, petrophiles, flannel flowers and so much more! Overnight at Mollymook.

DAY FOUR: Thursday 12 November

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Spend the morning in the Little Forest area near the town of Milton. First, visit a private garden on the edge of the escarpment , then explore the flora of Little Forest Plateau up the top in Morton National Park, and enjoy the spectacular views along the coastline. We may see early examples of Christmas Bells (Blandfordia nobilis). In the afternoon, visit Jervis Bay. We will visit the location of a newly discovered species of banksia. After a scenic drive near Huskisson we will visit the gardens and museum at the Lady Denman Heritage complex. Around the Maritime Museum housing the Sydney ferry Lady Denman, built at Huskisson, are the Wirreecoo Wildflower Garden and the Keith Moore Habitat Garden. Both gardens display the diversity of flora in the area. The Mangrove Boardwalk seeks to impart an understanding of wetlands, mangrove swamps and the interaction between ocean and land environments. Overnight at Mollymook.

DAY FIVE: Friday 13 November

Return to Canberra through the Morton National Park. The park is one of the largest in NSW, protecting a large area of the ranges inland from Nowra, and is largely a maze of dissected sandstone plateaux. Due to its size, it supports a wide range of plant communities, and a correspondingly diverse array of wildlife. The major river on the South Coast, the Shoalhaven, flows through the park, and the majority of creeks and rivers drain into it. We will drive along the Pigeon House Range viewing flora, lookouts, and the Bulee Gap pagoda rock formations. We will continue through Nerriga and Braidwood, stopping to look at rare grevilleas, before arriving back in Canberra at the AIS around 5pm Friday, ready for the pre-conference activities over the weekend.

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Pre-Conference One Day Excursion - Brindabella Range

Saturday 14 November

Cost: $75

Ian Fraser will lead a one day excursion up into the Brindabella Mountains on the western edge of the ACT and into NSW. Travel will be on a small bus which takes you on minor roads into the heart of the Namadgi National Park in the ACT and the Bimberi Nature Reserve and Brindabella National Park in New South Wales. Ian will show a variety of habitats and wildflowers endemic to the region. Ian is a very experienced guide and has been awarded an Australian Plants Award in the Professional Category. It is an easy trip with a small amount of walking required. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

This trip will be repeated on Saturday 21 November.

Post-Conference Field Trip - From the Tablelands to the Mountains

An exploration of the flora from the Monaro grasslands (1000m) to the alpine herbfields (2000m) with Roger Farrow and Jo Walker

Saturday November 21 to Thursday November 26

Cost: Double/twin $610.00 per person; Single: $873.00

The trip will be run with two self-drive 12-seater mini buses and a maximum of 20 participants. The 4 days of walks demand a moderate level of fitness and endurance and each walk will last about 6 hours at a very slow pace. All participants should bring a backpack with extra warm and waterproof clothing and carry water with space for the packed lunch. If you would like a hot drink you should bring your own thermos, cup and tea, coffee etc. Medical kits and 2-way radios will be carried by leaders and an extra vehicle will be present if any evacuations are required. Illustrated plant lists will be provided for all walks. The program is weather dependent and alternative options in the event of the walks being cancelled by adverse weather are very limited and could include just roadside stops.

Post Conference Tour


Accommodation will be at a motel in Jindabyne. The cost of the trip covers accommodation and breakfast, travel and lunches but not evening meals, where participants can make a choice of a wide range of options in Jindabyne, and the Day 1 morning tea and lunch In Cooma .

DAY 1: Saturday 21 November

Leave AIS at 9 am and drive to Cooma for a morning tea stop (own expense). Continue to Dry Plain Road to observe a natural temperate grassland community at 1060m, containing the Monaro golden daisy and mauve burr daisy.

Return to Cooma for lunch (own expense). Continue to Ironpot Creek Travelling Stock Reserve to see a Snow gum grassy woodland plant community at 1090 m.

Travel to accommodation at Jindabyne approx. 5 pm.

DAY 2: Sunday 22 November

Leave motel at 08.30 Half hour drive to Sawpit Creek (1200m) and take the Waterfall Circuit, a 6 km loop. This easy walk passes through mountain gum, mountain ash and snow gum forest with a diverse understorey, patches of heathland and fen and granite outcrops. Morning tea and lunch en route.

If time permits take the short Sawpit Creek circuit (2 km) to see recovery from a controlled burn.

Return to Jindabyne.

DAY 3: Monday 23 November

Rennix track, 1590 -1620m.

Leave motel at 08.30. Drive to Rennix Pass (3/4 hr drive). Botanise around carpark followed by morning tea. Walking Track 6 km return. This walk crosses frost hollow grassland and enters snow gum woodland with extensive views to the main range. There are some short steep sections on this walk.

Return to Jindabyne.

DAY 4: Tuesday 24 November

Porcupine Track Perisher, 1760-1920m.

Leave motel at 08.30. Drive to Perisher Village (1¼ hr). Porcupine Ridge walk, 5 km return. An easy walk passing through subalpine shrubland, some swamps and patches of snow gum.

Return to Jindabyne.

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DAY 5: Wednesday 25 November

Charlotte Pass and Mt Stillwell, 1840-2000m.

Leave motel at 08.30 Drive to Charlotte Pass (1½ hr drive). Snow gum boardwalk (100m) for views of the Main Range. Locate Ranunculus anemoneus at car park. Take the track to Mt Stillwell, 4 km return through sub-alpine shrubland and alpine grassland and herbfield. Some snow patches may be present.

Return to Jindabyne.

DAY 6: Thursday 26 November

Return to AIS Canberra, arriving mid-morning.

Post-Conference One Day Excursion - Brindabella Range

Saturday 21 November

Cost: $75

Ian Fraser will lead a repeat trip to the Brindabellas as described above.