Totally wild camp-out

Despite it being one of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of biodiversity strongholds in the NACC NRM Region, few residents of the region probably know that the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Mt Gibson Sanctuary is home to one of Australia’s most ambitious mammal reintroduction projects.

There is a plan in place to reintroduce nine of Australia’s most endangered mammal species to the Sanctuary – the Bilby, Numbat, Woylie, Western Barred Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Stick-nest Rat, Banded Hare-wallaby and Chuditch. This single project will help provide a more secure future for 14 per cent (one in seven) of Australia’s 65 nationally threatened mammal species and will increase the global Numbat population by 24 per cent.

NACC is working closely with staff from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy at Mt Gibson Sanctuary to support its work there, including supporting an Open Day and Camp Out – to which everyone is invited for a free and family friendly event on 19-20 May 2018.

Located on the botanically rich boundary of the central wheatbelt and Murchison regions, the Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 1,300 square kilometres of spectacular semi-arid woodlands – including Salmon Gum and Gimlet woodlands straddling the west side of Lake Moore. For the nature loving traveller, this is a unique opportunity to experience one of Australia’s beautiful landscapes while also learning more about how to save Australia’s endangered wildlife.

Activities

Participants in the Open Day and Camp-out will be able to join-in a range of exciting activities, such as:

  • Learning about the endangered wildlife that call the Mt Gibson Sanctuary their home.
  • Radio tracking exercises to monitor translocated animals.
  • Guided walks  to spot some of the Sanctuary’s unique Australian animals.
  • Visits to the 7,800 hectare feral-free area, plus see the rare endemic plants.
  • Free overnight camping at Quartz Ridge Campground, and a free BBQ breakfast.

Accommodation and facilities

Participants will be able to relax and soak-up the peaceful bush atmosphere at the remote, secluded, quiet, ‘no-frills’ bush campground. Facilities are basic – with toilets and a camp kitchen – and visitors are recommended to be self-sufficient, including having a 4WD vehicle.

The campground is set on the side of a beautiful rocky ridge with views from the top to Lake Moore in the distant, and across the sanctuary. Compost toilets and a simple covered camp kitchen area with barbeques is available, with visitors asked to bring their own water and fuel, and take their own waste. A central fire pit is available with wood provided for campfires.

Bookings are essential

For more information, or to register, please contact Jessica Stingemore on jessica.stingemore@nacc.com.au or 9938 0106.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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2 comments

Having been a Surveyor in the Soil Surveys throughout the Region circa 1966 and now living in Dandaragan a couple of hours drive, is there a chance to just visit at times other than this event? Mainly to show Grand Children as this event does not fit?
Cheers Lawrie Short.

Lawrie,

Thanks for your query. You can find all the latest information about visiting Mt Gibson Sanctuary at http://www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/mt-gibson-sanctuary/mt-gibson-visitor-program.aspx

Regards
Jessica
Biodiversity Coordinator

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