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Help to eliminate European wasps from Mt Wellington



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The Big Punch Bowl Excursion - February 16-17

NOTE: if going from Hobart on Sunday, please note the Tasman Bridge is closed from 7-9am for the bridge Fun Run.

New information about the excursion  (added 8 Feb 2019)

Where to meet:

We will meet in the Big Punch Bowl Carpark at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday. Tasmanian Land Conservancy management requires that the group must stay together on our explorations, and not walk on areas where Xanthorrhea grow because of danger of spreading Phytophthora.

It is imperative that you clean the underside and wheels of your car before arriving (either in carwash near home, or try Swansea service station) and that you do not drive beyond the Big Punch Bowl Carpark area. Make sure your boots are meticulously clean before leaving home, and then we will also have disinfectant to use on footwear at the carpark.


An incorporated waiver has been signed for all financial members attending. If you are not a member or are bringing a non-member please contact the Secretary for advice before Monday 11th.


Turn on to the Coles Bay Road, travel approx 17 km and turn right into Flacks Road. Park in the Big Punch Bowl carpark.

Lots more information!



It has not been possible to organise group accommodation. Therefore if intending to stay overnight you will need to organise your own accommodation.

MAP: Thank you to Phil Roach from TLC for the following information:

A georeferenced map from a recent East Coast Discovery Day held by TLC is linked below and can be downloaded. If you download Avenza  Maps app from the Apple or Android App stores, you can open this map in the Avenza app and it will show you your live location as you make your way around the reserve.  It highlights some prescribed walking routes and features of interest which I suggest you follow and explore. The plaque which lists donors to the reserve is visible to the right of the carpark at the road heads. Georeferenced Map

Bush Hygiene:

Root rot fungus phytophthora cinnamomi is present throughout the Freycinet Peninsula, at the Big Punchbowl Reserve and along the access roads. The phytophthora cleaning kit is located in a box on the edge of the car park. You will have to clean the soles of your shoes thoroughly with the brushes and solution contained within. It is a good idea to do so when leaving as well. Please stick to walking on the prescribed tracks. Also, it is prudent to clean the tyres, wheels and underside of your cars too before going to Freycinet NP or any other protected area.


Signed waivers must be completed before entry to the area is permitted. More information about this coming. Strongly advised to attend the next meeting (on Thursday 7 February) if you are coming on the excursion, and watch this page for updates. Waiver for individuals


You can read about the reserve here.

You may like to read the most recent reserve report and the management plan too. They are located under RELATED CONTENT on the right hand side of the webpage.

(Added 28 Jan 2019, updated 13 Feb 2019)

All spaces now filled thank you

Pelagic voyage - three spaces available

There are three spare places for a pelagic on the 23rd March 2019. (added 13 Feb 2019, updated Feb 14.)


Science in the Park seeking Nature Walk leaders

The Science in the Pub committee - a volunteer run science outreach group - is running an event for late primary/early secondary children called 'Science in the Park'.
The event will be on Sunday March 31 2019 at Tolosa Park, in the afternoon (exact times TBC). 
The event will be a mixture of demonstrations in the music bowl, interactive stalls and bush tucker and nature walks. We have contacted the Field Nats because we are seeking people who would be willing to lead a nature walk - the length and type of nature walk can be flexible depending on your interests and availability, but ideally in the range of 30-45 minutes. We are confirming whether a Working with Children certificate is required, but we expect it is likely to be necessary for anyone leading an activity on the day. 
If you are interested in leading a nature walk or would like more information, please contact Penny Jones at
(added 13 Feb 2019)

Save our Seabirds

Appeal from the Pennicott Foundation

(Added 17 December 2018)


Help to eliminate European Wasps from Mt Wellington Park

Recently while enjoying a walk on Mt Wellington, two of our members met one of the Park Rangers who was eradicating European Wasp nests. The Ranger requests that anyone who comes across a nest should contact him, and provide information on location of the next, by a GPS reading if available.

Wellington Park Ranger:

Ben Masterman


Phone: 6238 2976,  0408 517 534




Trophy awarded to Genevieve GatesTrophy awarded to Genevieve Gates



Bush Hygiene Notes  

Some notes on observing hygiene to protect natural areas