About the Project
Approximately 200km north west of Sydney lays the Wollemi National Park. Covering 500 hectares and forming the second largest protected area in New South Wales, Wollemi is also part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The park’s landscape is made up of breathtaking canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forests that support a diverse range of native wildlife and flora, including the Wollemi Pine.
The Wollemi Pine was discovered in the park in 1994. It belongs to the 200-million-year-old Araucariacaea family and is one of the world’s oldest living plant species. There are less than 100 known parent trees in existence. Access is restricted in the park, but conservation efforts have enabled cuttings of the original plants to be sold commercially, supporting the survival of the species.
In recent years feral predator activity has increased in the area, posing a great risk to native wildlife. Environmental stress caused by unguided trampling of native species and spreading of invasive weeds is also an issue of concern within the park. Wild Mob works alongside the local community to assist with feral management and conservation of the biodiversity in and around the Wollemi National Park.
Duke of Edinburgh Programs
Wild Mob is facilitating Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys for all levels as well as Gold Residential Camps within the region. The Adventurous Journey can be run as one unit combining training, practice and qualifying or separately to suit the groups requirements.
The expeditions will be run in and around the Dunns Swamp area of the Wollemi National Park near Olinda. Participants of the residential project will spend all nights at the Olinda Community Hall where some general maintenance will be carried out. This may involve identification and removal of introduced plant species, simple building maintenance or fence upkeep and restoration. At dusk students will take part in Platypus population monitoring surveys with data being provided to the Australian Platypus Conservancy. Experienced project leaders will supervise all activities, providing training, insight and guidance.
- 13th - 17th April 2013
- More 2013 dates coming soon.....
For all DoE Award program options, itineraries or a qoute for your group contact Amanda@wildmob.org
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Detailed Project Description
For a full description of the project, click here to download a PDF: Wollemi Project Description.