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Learn about Our Bushland and biodiversity.
Look for resources and activities on the webpage at any time.


Our Bushland Festival is scheduled for 10-11 September 2022.
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OUR BUSHLAND FESTIVAL - 10-11 September 2022

 
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Join us to celebrate Our Bushland in the Cessnock region. A natural gem with plants and birds found nowhere else on the planet!

 

In 2018 and 2019 we celebrated Our Bushland with BioBlitz events, where the community were encouraged to come along to find out more about Cessnock’s amazing bushland with walks with ecologists and other experts.

This FREE event has now transformed into a festival of the senses:

Saturday 10th September 2022 -
Evening Spotlight Adventure

  • JOIN LOCAL EXPERTS FOR AN EVENING OF SPOTLIGHTING TO FIND NOCTURNAL WILDLIFE (Registrations required)

Sunday 11th September 2022 -
Our Bushland Festival Day

  • PARTICIPATE IN WALKS WITH EXPERT ECOLOGISTS ON ALL THINGS IN OUR BUSHLAND (Registrations required)

  • LEARN FROM SOME EXPERT SPEAKERS

  • ENJOY MUSIC FROM SOME LOCAL MUSICIANS

  • SEE DISPLAYS FROM A RANGE OF ORGANISATIONS

  • INTERACT WITH LIVE NATIVE ANIMALS THANKS TO THE AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PARK

  • TAKE HOME GOODS, WARES, HANDMADE ITEMS FROM STALLHOLDERS

  • TASTE A TREAT, RELAX, STAY AND ENJOY THE FESTIVAL!

 

 

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CULTURE AND COUNTRY

The traditional owners in this part of the Hunter Valley are the Wonnarua People. Their stories of Country and their connection to the land go back over 60,000 years, when the Creation Spirits began forming this unique landscape. Wonnarua People saw all of the sacred rivers, mountains and animals created with Baiame coming to earth to teach all Lore in order for Wonnarua People to sustain life on the land, and carefully manage their environment.

When Baiame returned to the sky, he took on the earthly form of Kawal to watch over and protect the people. Kawal is the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle, who continues to watch today.

We welcome you to Country on which this festival will be held on, to learn more about the environment, culture and history of the Wonnarua People.

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WHAT TO DO AND SEE-speakers+activities

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(more key guests announced soon!)

 

PREBOOK FOR FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

COMING SOON!

ACTIVITIES PAGE
 

OUR BUSHLAND

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Mick Roderick: BirdLife Australia

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The Bushland around Cessnock is World Class. Because it is the largest area of bushland left in the unique and diverse Hunter Valley, it has become one of the most important places in Australia for biodiversity. Join us to learn more about its special values and how to protect it!

ORGANISERS & SPONSORS

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CONTACT US

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Ingrid Garland-Festival Organiser
ingrid@envirocommconnections.com.au
0405 761 593

Mick Roderick-Event Manager
mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au
0421 761 237