BUSH Heritage Australia have open a range of protected reserves that are perfect for grey nomads to experience nature in its purest form.
While not all reserves managed by the conservation group are open to visitors, there are plenty that are open which offer day visits or camping, depending on the reserve.
The not-for-profit organisation works across 18 ecologically important regions which have been selected on the basis of national biodiversity priorities, the location of our existing reserves and where they wish to establish strategic partnerships.
So pack your walking shoes and get out to enjoy Australia's stunning natural landscape.
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- Naree Station - Guided tour, September 8 to 10, 2017. Must be booked in advance. Spend a long weekend with reserve manager's David and Sue Akers, travelling through Naree's 14,400ha patchwork of woodlands, grasslands and ephemeral wetlands enjoying meeting a range of birds, kangaroos and smaller mammals. Two nights, Base camp with day tours. Vehicles: AWD/4WD. Cost: $220 per adult.
- Scottsdale Reserve- Guided tour, October 7, 2017. Must be booked in advance. The reserve is 80km south of Canberra and situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Reserve manager Phil Palmer will help you explore varied landscapes as you hear about hear about the innovative projects happening across the reserve including the lizard translocation project, the carp project, large scale revegetation, weed eradication, erosion control and river restoration. The tour is free if you bring a suitable vehicle or $50 per person if transport is needed.
- Carnarvon Station Reserve - Camping (May to September). Rugged sandstone hills, narrow valley floors and high escarpments are all part of the reserve which one of the few remaining strongholds for woodland species largely lost to the rest of eastern Australia. It's located about 900km west of Brisbane and provides a spectacular place to explore. A two-day stay is recommended.
- Currumbin Valley Reserve - Day trip only (self guided). The 4ha reserve is in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and protects a precious piece of regenerating rainforest from the nearby frenzy of development. It protects rare plants and is a conservation buffer for the national park which is a habitat for the Richmond birdwing butterfly, and shows evidence of long-nosed bandicoots, green catbirds, scrub turkeys and some honeyeater species.
- Reedy Creek Reserve - Day trip (self guided). The 45-minute walk along the Reedy Creek boardwalk takes you into the heart of a very special type of forest, rarely seen in such pristine condition. The walk is suitable for most levels of fitness.
- Boolcoomatta Reserve - Camping (April to October). The reserve, which is about 100km west of Broken Hill, is a spectacular landscape of sweeping plains, Mulga Woodlands, sinuous River Red Gum lined floodways and rocky outcrops with abundant and amazing birdlife. A two-day stay is recommended.
- Liffey Valley Reserves - Day trip (self guided). The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage wilderness 130ha reserves is a wonderful area to walk in and provides an important foraging habitat for the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the white goshawk. Nearby is the historically and environmentally significant property, Oura Oura, nestled under the imposing Drys Bluff and previously owned by former Greens leader Bob Brown.
- J.C. Griffin Nature Reserve - Guided visits, September 16 or October 15, 2017. Some of the trees in this reserve are thought to be over 300 years old. It's a haven for bushland birds, reptiles and mammals. Reserve Manager Jeroen Van Veen will introduce you to the unique nature of the reserve as he takes you on a walking tour.
- Nardoo Hills Reserves - Guided visit, September 17 or October 14, 2017. Spend a day being shown the delights of the four blocks of land that support a diversity of vegetation communities, including grey box grassy woodland, box-ironbark forests and mallee, and a range of wildlife, particularly nationally declining woodland birds.
- Charles Darwin Reserve - Camping (April to October). Located 355km north-east of Perth, this reserve offers a rich exploration of flora and fauna which occurs within Australia's only internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot. Camp among the cockatoos, falcons and bustards and gaze as the stunning Mt Gibson views at sunset. A two-day stay is recommended.
- Chereninup Creek Reserve - Day trip (self-guided, April to October). Located in south-west wheat belt of the state, the 898ha of considered one of the world's more biologically valuable ecoregions. The reserve has picturesque rock pools and heathlands of immense biological richness, and boasts a stunning wildflower season from August to October.
- Hamelin Station Stay - Caravan camping, or station stay (April to October). The station is 32km coastline borders the Shark Bay World Heritage area, including Hamelin Pool. Guests can immerse themselves in the outback experience in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Close by are the dolphins of Monkey Mia, Francois Peron National Park, and Steep Point, the most westerly point in Australia.
- Kojonup Reserve - Day trip (self-guided). The 387ha of magical bushland is filled with chattering bird life. The spring months are ideal for seeing wildflowers and abundant bird activity. The spring months are ideal for seeing wildflowers and abundant bird activity.
To book any of the guided tours, day trips and camping options, contact Bush Heritage's Katrina Blake on (03) 8610 9124.
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