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Plant trees over an extended weekend for wildlife and help research wild koalas on Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes.
- Join locals to plant native trees on the island. The mission is to plant 1500 native trees over the weekend, have some fun and learn about koalas.
- Take walks with researchers and help set up the island’s first citizen science wild koala research project.
- The area has been affected by drought for several years, and many trees have died as a result of over browsing. Planting trees on Raymond Island will benefit all wildlife, koalas included.
- This area was not directly affected by the bushfires, and the koala population here is thriving. Improving biodiversity on the island will help a lot of wildlife species to recolonise bushfire-impacted parts of Gippsland nearby.
Note: this is a volunteer excursion to help koalas and wildlife, and all participants will be needed to contribute to every activity. Tree planting is a rewarding activity that requires some fitness, ability to walk on uneven terrain, carry equipment, bend over, and use hammers. Participants should be willing to work in all weather conditions.
Duration: 4 days
Dates: Thursday 30 September – Sunday 3 October 2021
Accommodation: The Abbey at Raymond Island is set in 5 acres of bushland and is home to koalas, echidnas and many birds. Ensuite rooms are modern and comfortable, with a spacious bathroom, and can suit a couple or two friends twin-share.
Day 1: Morning drive from Melbourne to Raymond Island (4hours). Lunch at the Abbey, our base for the next 3 nights, followed by our first koala research walk through the bushland of Raymond Island Foreshore Reserve. Evening welcome by Koalas of Raymond Island Inc.
Day 2: Tree planting in the morning with Raymond Island Landcare. Lunch at The Abbey. Koala research walk.
Day 3: Tree planting in the morning with Raymond Island Landcare. Lunch at The Abbey. Evening birding and koalas at Gravelly Point (east side of island)
Day 4: Morning koala research and bird watching walk. Lunch at the Abbey. Drive back to Melbourne, returning around 6pm.
Note: the schedule of activities is weather dependent and may change a little to suit weather conditions. Other activities to help koalas may be added in as we finalise details.
Inclusions: see below
Self-drive: This option includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 4, and all activities. Please arrive at Raymond Island in time for the first activity. There will be no discounts for missed activities or meals.
Ensuite accommodation (twin-share):
Koala Clancy Foundation Members special: $630pp
Single Supp: $200pp (please add this to your ticket if you do not wish to share a room)
Transport from Melbourne: $20 (please add this to your ticket purchase if you wish to travel with us from Melbourne)
This trip is being supported by Koala Clancy Foundation, Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, IFAW and Raymond Island Landcare group.