Geelong / Inverleigh
Starting off at Batesford, on the banks of the Moorabool River we will visit a large granite outcrop, called the ‘Dog Rocks’. This reserve got its name from local wild dogs that once lived around the rocks.Adjacent to the outcrop is the Dogs Rocks Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, which is home to many endemic species. We will have the chance to wonder along the river to see this open eucalyptus woodland which nurtures a rich variety of flora and fauna species.
Next up enjoy a site visit and farm walk at Murnong Farming,an innovative mixed farming business who won the 2015 Victorian Landcare Award for Sustainable Farm Practices Award (Corangamite). Murnong Farming have donated their time and knowledge in recent years, to a number of organisations who are investigating innovative farming systems to improve productivity,profitability and sustainability. Passionate farm manager Josh Walter will show us the research trails underway on the farm. Josh’s mantra is ‘measuring to manage’ and having a healthy, happy system.
Lunch will be hosted in Barwonleigh. This is your chance to sit back relax in the historical bluestone shearer’s quarters and enjoy the local produce. After lunch we will explore the property, a seventh generation2330-hectare sheep, cattle, pig and cropping property. The Campbell family will share their story about land use change and challenges in combating serrated tussock in a volcanic landscape.
Before heading back to Melbourne enjoy a final stop to Barrabool Hills and Geoff and Joan Anson’s property who have integrated agroforestry and farming, by converting an area on the property from non-productive weedscape to a complex and productive ecosystem. The Barraboo lHills property is situated on the outskirts of the Geelong peri-urban growth fringe. As an added bonus, you will enjoy a cuppa or a wine at Barwon Ridge the vineyard operated by the Anson family.
Cost $60.00 per person (includes transport, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).
The Geelong/Inverleigh field trip will depart from Southern Cross Station at 8.00am on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.