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ACTIVATE the Wheatbelt invites you to join us in Gabbin for the weekend of August 11th-13th to help us plant 26000 seedlings. This enjoyable weekend will consist of tree planting, live music, DJs, dancing, community and education. This is a drug free and family friendly event open to all age’s, where everyone is welcome to come and help out planting trees.


At the event we will be hard at work planting trees during the day, with the motivation of DJs and musicians to help us along. Then at night things really come to life with a diverse range of musical acts to listen and dance to. All vegan meals are provided while you enjoy the beautiful nature under the stars and keep warm by the bonfires. You have the option of camping in your own tent or under cover in the communal hall. You will be encouraged to have some great conversations, play some music if you’d like, and make friends with like minded people.

This is a community effort where everyone is included and part of the activate team. We like to encourage a hardworking and ethical community of people that support our environmental and societal causes.


Under 12YO FREE | 12-16YO $25 | Concession $55 | Adult 16YO+ $65| Family $110

Price includes

  • Bus to and from Gabbin: Meeting at 4.30 at FERN, Fremantle (26 Montreal Street, on the corner of High Street and Montreal) on Friday 11th [NB: there is no more bus leaving from Perth City Farm]
  • Tree planting equipment
  • Delicious vegan food over the whole week end (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner)
  • Workshops
  • Entertainment

• • GOALS • •

At these annual events we are hoping to continue growing our hard working and ethical thinking community of people to plant trees, protect our environment and the species that live in it.We also hope to encourage community and environmentally friendly thinking with an action orientated approach to connecting people who care and putting hands to work.

This will be ACTIVATE's 3rd year in Gabbin, as part of an on-going 8-year mission to provide a 25km, continuous, vegetated habitat link for the vulnerable malleefowl bird (Leipoa ocellata) known to inhabit three neighbouring reserves (Gabbin, Narkal and Mulji reserves) in the Eastern Wheatbelt of WA. This part of the Australian landscape that has been largely cleared for agriculture.


  • Bedding, camping mattress, sleeping bags/swags/pillows/rugs.
  • Tent. You can roll out your swag in the community hall, it is dry and warm, but note this is also where we will have our dinners and breakfasts. If you want privacy or peace and quiet, please bring your tent.
  • Warm, dry, extra clothing as it does get very chilly, and a rain jacket.
  • Boots/closed in shoes to plant in.
  • Hot water bottle (we have a dry space and fires outside, but it can get pretty cold at night).
  • Water bottle.
  • Snacks.
  • Torch.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Hat, sun cream, lip balm.
  • Bug repellent.
  • Musical Instruments.
  • A great attitude and awesome energy!

• • DIRECTIONS TO GABBIN (suggested road, via Northam) • •

  • Take the Roe Highway to the Great Eastern Highway turn-off in Midland.
  • Take the Great Eastern Highway towards Kalgoorlie for 80km to Northam (route 94). Take the turn off for Goomalling from the highway (you don’t need to go into Northam).
  • Travel to Goomalling for 42km on the Northam-Pithara Road (route 115).
  • At Goomalling continue on same route to Dowerin (24km) on the Goomalling-Wyalkatchem Road
  • At Dowerin continue on the same road to Wyalkatchem (30km)
  • At Wyalkatchem go through town and turn left onto Honour Road to Koorda (30km) on the Wyalkatchem-Koorda Road
  • At Koorda go through town and take a right toward Bencubbin on the Koorda-Bullfinch Road
  • After 16.5km turn left onto the Gabbin-Trayning Road towards Gabbin
  • After 6.5km you will reach Gabbin Hall in Gabbin town.

In brief: Midland – Northam (or Toodyay) – Goomalling – Dowerin – Wyalkatchem – Koorda – Gabbin (245km)


  • 16.30: Arrive at FERN for the bus (arrive Gabbin ~20.30)
  • from 19.00: Arrival at Gabbin Hall and dinner
  • 21.00: Welcome to Country / Introductions
  • 22.00: Early to bed


  • 7.00 to 8.00: Breakfast
  • 8.15 to 8.45: Tree-planting prep. workshop
  • 9.00 to 17.30: Tree planting on site
  • 11.00: Morning Tea
  • 12.30: Lunch
  • 15.00: Afternoon Tea
  • 13.00 to 15.00: Option of afternoon workshop with Noongar Elders Viv and Mort Hansen
  • 15.30 to 17.30: Option of afternoon workshop with Noongar Elders Viv and Mort Hansen
  • 19.00: Dinner
  • - midnight: Evening entertainment


  • 9.00 to 12.30: Tree planting on site
  • 9.00 to 12.30: Option of morning workshop with Noongar Elders Viv and Mort Hansen
  • 12.30 to 13.00: Lunch
  • 13.00 to 14.30: Bush walk (visit Malleefowl nest) with Leigh Whissen, Jackie Courtenay and Carl Danzi
  • 14.30-15.30: Pack-up & Community Clean-up
  • 15.00: Finale
  • 16.00: Bus depart (FERN arrival ~20.00)

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REFUND POLICY: After 7 August 2017, no refund for late cancellation.

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