Field trips have been cancelled due to the virtual platform and unreliability of numbers. We will offer a virtual tour as part of the conference program.
For those joining us in Longreach, we will look at options for simplified trips if there are sufficient numbers. We will decide this on the first day of the conference.
Adelong and Ravenswood
A perfect segue from the NRM in Focus day, the trip will take you to remote Adelong, a property positioned at the merging of the Desert Uplands and Mitchell Grass Downs bioregions. Adelong offers a fine example of how landholders and NRM practitioners are fast tracking recovery. Experience firsthand social, production and ecological challenges and solutions in the vast rangelands of Western Queensland, a region defined by its variable landscapes and climate.
After enjoying lunch on the property, your next stop is Ravenswood, where you will learn about a management model where conservation and production coexist. There will also be plenty of discussion and sites to see as you travel on the bus.
Departing Longreach Train Station at 7am and arriving back at 5pm, with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and water provided.
Join us for a trip to Winton where we’ll first meet the Clarkes, former owners of Leander, to discuss how land management changed as a result of exclusion fencing (45mins) – listen to their story here. The remaining bus drive to Winton (90mins) will include discussion around topical issues in the Rangelands, such as, native animal control, prickly acacia, gidgee and Mitchell grass, drawing upon the experience and perspectives of attendees.
The next stop is Winton’s Australian Age of the Dinosaurs for a tour encompassing both the present-day and the prehistoric (2hr 30mins) followed by lunch at a Winton favourite, the Tattersall’s Hotel (60min). On the way home, you’ll have time to discuss and reflect on the day and week that was, punctuated with a visit to Morella’s CWA hall, which is over 75 years old, and the location of field work by DCQ around buffel encroachment.
Departing Longreach Civic Centre at 7am and arriving back at 5pm, with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and water provided.
Longreach – Camden Park
Meet some of the locals and see a glimpse of the Mitchell Grass Downs.
The morning will commence with a hearty breakfast at Camden Park Station, an 18,000 acre sheep and cattle station on the outskirts of Longreach. The Walker family are our hosts and will share their experiences of the enterprise diversification that has happened at Camden Park. After breakfast we will set out to explore the Mitchell Grass Downs on Camden Park and take in the solar farm situated on property.
Joining us on the tour is Tracy Hatch, local grazier, publican, and councillor who will share her experiences with business diversification and life on “The Downs”. Other guest presenters will be announced closer to the time and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and be a part of the conversations. This is a must attend tour for those who are short on time and want to experience this great landscape and the people who call it home.
We look forward to having you join us in Longreach, Queensland.