Discover the Valley?s wonders this summer
THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger-led Discovery activities start on January 2 with an array of activities across the North Coast region.
North Coast Region manager Alan Jeffery said that with more than 20 different activities to choose from, getting out into a National Park and having some fun had never been easier.
The summer Discovery program runs from January 2-27, and whether you are looking for something on the coast or in the mountains, you will find something in the Discovery program, Mr Jeffery said.
In the Clarence Valley, rangers will host a series of free evening talks and guided walks in the campgrounds of Yuraygir National Park and at Woody Head, near Iluka.
You can find out more about coastal emus and dingoes at Illaroo, go spotlighting at Station Creek or discover shorebirds and she-oaks at Pebbly Beach.
One new activity on Friday, January 6, just north of Woolgoolga, will include Discovery rangers leading an exploration of the Red Rock estuarine ecosystem and coastal heath, seeking out the area's visiting shorebirds in particular.
The following Sunday, January 8, will be the first of three Rockpool Rambles at Woody Head in Bundjalung National Park, repeated on January 13 and 28.
Other highlights include Rainforest Rambles and a range of guided walks with botanical and animal themes at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.
There is a special World Heritage Wonga Walk on Saturday, January 14 to celebrate the recent re-opening of this wonderful track.
While at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, don't forget to check out the travelling exhibition 'Making a place for herself', a visual and poetic depiction of the experiences of women in the Australian landscape which is on display in the centre's interpretation space until January 29.
Don't forget the ever-popular Muttonbird by Moonlight tours in Coffs Harbour. The Discovery program is a great way to explore this special island in the company of experienced rangers, including a Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal man who can tell the story of its significance to local Aboriginal people.
"I encourage people who want to explore our wonderful region to give us a call or get on the internet and look at our program," Mr Jeffery said.
Bookings are required for some activities. For bookings and inquiries contact the NPWS on 6657 2309 or 6641 1500 or have a look at the program on www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.