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5 Day Seashore Life of East Gippsland
   

Alpine Walking  on  a Walking Eco Tour with Gippsland High Country Tours
Exploring rock pools, Croajingolong National Park

Hiking  across open grassy plains on  a Walking Eco Tour with Gippsland High Country Tours
Feather Duster worm

A collection of colourful chitons
A collection of colourful chitons

Learn what lives in rock poolsLearn what lives in rock pools

Walking trails on  a Walking Eco Tour with Gippsland High Country Tours
Brilliant green anemone in intertidal pools

Sunset in the Victorian Alps on  a Walking Eco Tour with Gippsland High Country Tours
Beach combing to see what has been washed ashore

Stop to explore along the way on  a Walking Eco Tour with Gippsland High Country Tours
Abalone shell Croajingolong National Park

Sunrise from Pt Hicks Lighthouse cottage
Sunrise from Pt Hicks Lighthouse cottage

Seashore Life homework class and a cuppa
Seashore Life homework class and a cuppa

Rock pool ramble with naturalist guide Alan Monger Rock pool ramble with naturalist guide Alan Monger

Colour and intricate detail in a rock pool
Colour and intricate detail in a rock pool

Learn about the rocky shores of the East Gippsland coast
Learn about the rocky shores of the East Gippsland coast

Fragile beach-washed paper nautilus shellFragile beach-washed paper nautilus shell

Observe the detailed pattern of a chiton shell
Observe the detailed pattern of a chiton shell

Time for a beach walk, but this is more than just a holiday
Time for a beach walk, but this is more than just a holiday

 

Graded: Easy-Moderate

Walks: Easy - Moderate grade walks that include rock scrambling to access rock pools

4 nights accommodation


Focus:
Coastal environment and seashore / rock-pool life, learning & research holiday

Destinations:
Croajingolong National Park, Mallacoota, Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Landscape.

Educational discovery level: High

Victoria has a very rich marine fauna and flora along its coastline and it is the creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone that are the focus of this research and discovery ecotour.  The diversity of life along Australia’s cooler southern shores is one of the country’s best kept secrets! You will enjoy beach-combing as well as the exploration of rock pools as you discover some of the seashore life along the coast of East Gippsland.

Led by a specialist naturalist guide Alan Monger, you will have the opportunity to learn the differences between various groups of organisms and find out why so many of them are important in the overall picture of our marine biodiversity.

Help Alan collect data for the Marine Research Group and Museum of Victoria and sharpen your own skills of observation, while gaining new skills in identification of marine creatures.  No prior knowledge or experience is needed, but bring along a healthy curiosity about the natural world.

More than just a holiday, this is an educational experience that will stimulate your curiosity and challenge you to do more than just observe nature. Our coasts and oceans are fragile environments. Learn what threats they face and how they can be better conserved now and into the future.

This ecotour is set along some of Victoria least visited coastlines including Croajingolong National Park.  You will join beach walks where the only footsteps in the sand are yours, watch waves crash on a rocky headland and marvel at reflection in quiet walks around river estuaries.

Your days will be filled with activities but every night you will stay in cosy accommodation and enjoy the company of a small group of like minded travellers as we discuss the day’s discoveries and touch on broader conservation issues.

To enjoy the experience and participate fully in rock pool rambles, you need to be fit and agile enough to scramble over rocks to reach the pools and to move about comfortably exploring in and around pools.

Maximum of 10 participants

Please contact us for details of next scheduled departure.

 

Contact us  for more details and itinerary or to reserve a place (Paul can this please just open an email with my email address already pre-filled? 

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Stories, Poems and Comments from past participants

I just loved the rock pools and wish we were going again Margaret (Vic)

A good mix of a little physical exercise and opportunity to learn about the sea creatures and their environment including threats (eg: Bastion Point).  The content catered very well for the wide variance in relevant prior experience/knowledge. 
Gail (Vic)

Shells and seashore life of East Gippsland
Warm weather and sunny skies greeted us at Croajingolong National Park. Low tides and a myriad of invertebrate rock pool life made for exciting times as participants began eagerly turning over rocks to make discoveries in the pools. [Rocks were always replaced to protect habitats and resting places of the inhabitants].

Alan Monger shared his wealth of knowledge on marine invertebrates, which are often different in the warmer waters of eastern Victoria to those from the cooler southern waters, making East Gippsland an ideal region for comparison of species found as we travelled east. Evening talks gave us greater knowledge of the marine flora and fauna and their interactions and discussion on the importance of conservation of the unique Southern Australian marine invertebrate habitat ensued.

Over 60 different species of chitons, snails, anemones, crabs, starfish, barnacles and other invertebrates were recorded in pools made colourful with sponges, seaweeds and encrustations. Some interesting highlights were a bubble shell with a very large, frilly pink foot, a bright green edged sea hare, many shiny, black elephant snails and grey and red feather-duster worms. Sea stars (Meridiastra calcar) were found at all sites in many colour combinations and patterns.

As usual, food and accommodation were excellent and watching seals at sea playing in the kelp with sea eagles flying overhead from the veranda of the Point Hicks lighthouse keepers cottages was delightful. Jenny’s organisation of time and routes was perfect with time for relaxation, a natural history trip on the Genoa River and the opportunity to admire some of the lovely vistas along the way in this beautiful part of Victoria. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Snowy River ending its journey at Marlo.

If you missed this inaugural shells and seashores trip and are interested in natural history I highly recommend you grab your shorts, sand shoes and sunhat and make a booking for the chance of a unique experience in some East Gippsland rock pools. 
T. Bridle  (SA) 

 

 

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