Our first stop is at the Serendip Sanctuary near Lara, where we will meet Parks Victoria rangers who will show us around. The sanctuary is an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, and is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology.
After a short drive we will visit Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre which is the largest predator free ecosystem in Victoria. The property is exclusively managed for the conservation of some of Australia’s most threatened faunal species, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Eastern Quoll. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the property and have a cuppa.
Next up we’ll enjoy a beautiful lunch and a drop of vino at Clyde Park Winery in Bannockburn. Here you’ll have chance to relax and take in the truly unique views of the surrounding hills and Moorabool River.
Travelling through the catchment, our final stop is at Meredith Dairy. Julie and Sandy Cameron run a 1300 hectare sheep and goat dairy enterprise, processing a range of specialty award winning cheese and yoghurt. Winners of the 2009 Victorian Landcare Primary Producer Award, their philosophy for their business and lifestyle is “to build an environment that desires sustainable productivity without jeopardising our natural resources”.
Cost $70.00 per person (includes transport, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).
The Moorabool field trip will depart from Southern Cross Station at 7.30am on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.