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PANATANA DISCOVERY DAY
Come join us and experience the natural wonders of TLC’s newest reserve, Panatana.
This unspoiled 231 hectare parcel of land, nestled on the banks of the Rubicon Estuary and close to Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania’s North, protects habitat for birds such as robins, honeyeaters, white-bellied sea eagles and grey goshawks. The landscape hosts impressive stands of endangered swamp paperbark forests, diverse eucalypt woodlands, coastal heathlands and salt marshlands. Hidden wetlands are currently teeming with common froglets and banjo frogs and the majestic stands of grasstrees are just beginning to flower revealing an unique richness of life.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Walks and activities to choose from:
Take part in a guided walk led by knowledgeable TLC staff and volunteers:
Venture to features of interest where you will hear from local expert naturalists and Panatana enthusiasts Sarah Lloyd, Ron Nagorcka, Phil Collier and Robin Garnett, along with saltmarsh ecologist Vishnu Prahalad, who will bring the ecology of Panatana to life through their stories and interpretation.
Approximately four hours including lunch break and regular rest stops. Moderate fitness required. Relatively gentle, mostly flat fire-trail walking. Participants will be required to walk on uneven surfaces and along single tracks for short periods.
Kids Discovery Club:
Drop off your youngsters before joining your own walk; they will be well supervised, entertained and educated with an exclusive kids-focused guided native bird workshop and activities.
Suitable for ages 5-15. Kids will need to be prepped for an independent day away from parents. Approximately four hours. Led by accredited trainer and children’s presenter Michael Hitchcock from Conservation Volunteers Australia and working with children certified TLC volunteers.
Time and Date:
Please arrive between 10:00am and 10:30am Saturday 29 October. We will aim to have finished by 4pm to allow a reasonable amount of daylight for the return trip home.
Registration is $10 per person, with free admission for children under 5. All proceeds from ticket sales will help cover the cost of hosting the Panatana Discovery Day. Payments can be made when registering via credit or debit card.
Since it is a long drive for those travelling from southern Tasmania, for safety’s sake we strongly recommend driving up the day before and staying locally. Port Sorrell has a good choice of holiday accommodation for a range of budgets and tastes including the local caravan park. There are camping grounds with amenities at the Horse Yards in nearby Narawntapu National Park. If you must drive up on the morning of the event, please consider staying a night before returning home.
Parking at Marana Drive, Bakers Beach Road Tasmania, close to the entrance to Narawntapu National Park. Please drive slowly on approach as there will be pedestrians walking roadside and follow the lead of parking safety attendants.
- Panatana is approximately two hours and 15 minutes driver from Launceston or three hours and 30 minutes drive from Hobart.
- Follow National Highway No. 1 towards Devonport.
- At Sassafras, turn off to the right onto C713 Chapel Road (signposted Harford & Port Sorrell).
- Continue along C713 following the signs to Harford (this stretch is convoluted with several turns so stay alert) until taking a right-hand turn onto B71 Frankford Road.
- Follow B71 Frankford Road and cross the Port Sorrell estuary bridge.
- Shortly after crossing the bridge, turn left onto C740 Bakers Beach Road.
- Follow Bakers Beach Road crossing several creeks until you see the TLC sign at the left-hand turn on to Marana Drive.
All attendees will be required to make their own way to Bakers Beach. We encourage you to carpool as much as possible; it's kinder to the environment and makes managing parking much easier.
What to bring:
- Your own picnic lunch, snacks and plenty of drinks
- A picnic rug
- A hat and suitable clothing for cold, warm or wet weather depending on the forecast
- Sturdy bushwalking shoes
- A camera, binoculars and 10x hand lens (all optional)
Please register on or before 11:30pm Sunday 23 October, 2016. This event will be popular and spaces are limited to 80 persons, so register as soon as possible at panatanadiscoveryday.eventbrite.com.au or by calling Community Engagement Coordinator Phill Roach on 0438 826 606 during business hours, Monday to Thursday.
Severe weather cancellation:
The safety of attendees is paramount. The Panatana Discovery Day will be cancelled if a total fire ban is declared for the region or if there is a local extreme weather event on the proposed day. All registered persons will be notified via email on the morning of Friday 28 October in the event of cancellation.
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Photo: Heath Holden
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Tasmanian Land Conservancy
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a registered environmental organisation. We raise funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites, threatened species' habitat, and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land.