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National Eucalypt Day 2020

Below is a list of the events and celebrations scheduled as part of National Eucalypt Day 2020.  Unfortunately due to the unfolding nature of the Covid-19 pandemic many of these events will not run this year.  Events still running have green headings, events deferred are in orange and events where a decision is pending have black headings. We look forward to a bigger and better National Eucalypt Day in 2021 and encourage you to browse through this year’s planned events as a sample of what will be available in 2021!   We thank our partners for their support and wish everyone the best of health.

You can find out more on Twitter (@EucalyptAus and#EucBeaut) and on the Eucalypt Australia Facebook page.

Open Days: Currency Creek Arboretum NEW DATES!!

Open Days: Currency Creek Arboretum NEW DATES!!

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 9am to 4:30pm

Put on your walking shoes, grab a hat and head for the Open Days at Currency Creek Arboretum. The Arboretum boasts the world’s largest collection of eucalypt species with over 800 species and 8000 individual trees covering 30 hectares. At 10 am and 2 pm each day, Arboretum Curator and Eucalypt expert Dean Nicolle will lead free 1 hour and 2 hour extended tours.

 

 

 

 

 

Cavendish Redgum Festival RETURNING IN 2021!

Cavendish Redgum Festival RETURNING IN 2021!

Nestled on the banks of the Wannon River, in the heart of red gum country, Cavendish will host its second Red Gum Festival in April. Join the red gum ramble along the banks of the river, view the red gum sculptures, attend an environmental forum, enter the photo competition or enjoy the music. There’s something for everyone.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

Eucalypt identification with Leon Costermans  DEFERRED

Eucalypt identification with Leon Costermans DEFERRED

Sunday 22 March 9.30am to 4.30 pm

Setting out by bus from the Royal Society of Victoria, the first stop will be the George Pentland Botanic Gardens at Frankston where Leon will teach the group how to understand and identify eucalypts using his iconic pocket book ‘Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas’. After a BYO lunch, the group will move on for a gentle bushwalk for field identification of eucalypts in the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. Covering 214 hectares, this Reserve is recognised as an important area for conservation of indigenous flora and fauna.  Only a small number of tickets will be available from the 4th of March.  Check Remember the Wild’s page in Eventbrite under “Eucalypt Identification Tour with Leon Costermans”.

 

 

 

Walk: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne CANCELLED

Walk: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne CANCELLED

Sunday 22 and Monday 23 March

Did you know scientists have discovered traces of gold in eucalypt leaves in the Kimberley? Delve into the world of these astonishing trees on a 1.5 hour guided tour of the Australian Garden. Explore the ever-increasing eucalypt diversity in Cranbourne’s plant collection and hear stories of how specimens are gathered in the wild. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Cranbourne Gardens.
Bookings essential:  T: 5990 2200

Book here

 

 

Walk: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne CANCELLED

Walk: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne CANCELLED

Sunday 22 and Monday 23 March


Did you know the oldest eucalypt fossils date back 52 million years? Uncover the stories behind one of the most iconic species at Melbourne Gardens on this free guided 1.5 hour walk. It leaves the Visitor Centre at 2.00 pm. Bookings essential: T: 9252 2429

Book here

 

 

Eucalypt Dyeing Workshop: Australian National Botanic Gardens CANCELLED

Eucalypt Dyeing Workshop: Australian National Botanic Gardens CANCELLED

Sunday 29 March

In this workshop you will learn how to make Eucalyptus leaf and bark dyes to make imprints on fabric. Each participant will dye a scarf to take home as well as samples of wool, silk and linen dyed in local ACT eucalypts. Morning tea and a short guided walk showing a variety of Eucalypt species in the Gardens is included.

Book here.

 

 

 

Pests of Eucalypts Workshop: Australian National Botanic Gardens CANCELLED

Pests of Eucalypts Workshop: Australian National Botanic Gardens CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 9am to 1pm

Learn about exotic pests of eucalypts and plant biosecurity at an interactive workshop at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The workshop will include several presentations by experts and a wander into the gardens to undertake field surveillance for pests.

Book here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gum Fest! Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Gum Fest! Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Saturday 21 March 10 am to 2pm

Join us in celebrating our national botanic treasure – the eucalypt. Whether you want to learn about our magnificent gum species generally, or which ones to safely plant in your backyard, create something crafty using their leaves and nuts, taste test gum tree tea (and other bush brews), write a gum leaf poem, follow our gum tree trail or contribute to our eucalypt art installation, we have a range of activities for all the family to enjoy.
We’re putting on a shuttle bus at the Visitor Information Centre to take you up to the Australian Plant Communities car park, or you are welcome to walk up there yourself. The Bun Mobile food truck will be there to offer tasty snacks and cold drinks and you can finish the day by walking down to the Bandstand lawn to enjoy the Brisbane Symphonic Band ‘A Land Downunder’ performance at 2pm.

Click here for more information on the day. And here for concert information.

 

 

Nature Journaling: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Nature Journaling: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Saturday 21 March 9:30am to 12:30pm

Pick up a pencil and notebook, and discover the trees of the gardens in a new way. The practice of drawing or writing in response to nature sharpens observation skills while also allowing a relaxing experience immersed in nature. This workshop led by ecologist, artist and writer Paula Peeters, will take you through beginner exercises that show you that anyone can write and draw.

Book here.

 

 

Educating the next generation: Worawa Aboriginal College DEFERRED

Educating the next generation: Worawa Aboriginal College DEFERRED

Monday, 23 March 10am to 12pm

Eucalypt trees have been an important feature of aboriginal life, providing food, medicine, shelter, weapons and ceremonial uses. Indigenous associations with eucalypts will be celebrated at a special ceremony at Worawa Aboriginal College to mark National Eucalypt Day. A booklet featuring several artefacts made from eucalypts will be launched. The artefacts will be on permanent display in ‘The Keeping Place’ in the art gallery in the grounds of the College.

 

 

Walk: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens CANCELLED

Walk: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 10:30am

Join curator of Tasmanian Flora Chris Lang, and Horticulturalist David Marrison, for a fascinating stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and learn about the diversity and significance of Tasmania’s amazing Eucalyptus flora. You will be taken on a journey of discovery through various collections displaying our precious gum trees, including a number listed as rare and threatened.

Meet at the Information Hub at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Main Entrance, Lower Domain Road.

 

 

 

Activity: National Eucalypt BioQuest

Activity: National Eucalypt BioQuest

QuestaGame is a mobile game that gets players outdoors to engage with, learn about and help protect life on earth. It is a mobile app game for photographing and identifying fauna, flora, and fungi. Sightings gain points for players and are verified by experts.

This years prizes for National Eucalypt Day are:
1. $50 Amazon Voucher for an Active Adventurer Prize
One player who has submitted at least one Eucalypt related sighting 22-24 March will be drawn at random.
2. $50 Amazon Voucher for the Best Observation of a Eucalypt (sighting and/ or story).  The story goes in the field notes when posting in the QuestaGame app.

Learn more.

 

Visit: Inglewood Eucalyptus Museum

Visit: Inglewood Eucalyptus Museum

If you are in the Bendigo region, be sure to visit the Eucy Museum to view a myriad of historic artefacts that make up the storyboard of the “Blue Eucy” industry. You can take a wander around the old distillery and see a working model demonstrating the full distillation process.

Click here for more information.

Video: What’s causing our eucalypts to die?

Video: What’s causing our eucalypts to die?

Prepared for National Eucalypt Day by The Tree Projects, watch this short video to find out what has caused the death of an important stand of Eucalyptus viminalis in Tasmania, and what this means for other eucalypt species.

 

Walk: Lake Mountain Dahl Boardwalk

Walk: Lake Mountain Dahl Boardwalk

If you’re in the Lake Mountain area in Victoria, be sure to take a walk along the Bjarne K Dahl Boardwalk. The eucalypt regrowth since the 2009 wildfires is quite spectacular and gives some hope for regeneration following the recent fires. Situated at Snowy Hill, approximately 1 km before the Lake Mountain Resort, this is an easy 20 minute walk suitable for the mobility impaired.

Click here for more information.

 

Tree Planting: Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

Tree Planting: Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

June / July 2020 TBA

With assistance from the Loddon Mallee Interchange, Eucalyptus blakelyi will be planted at Korong Ridge Conservation Estate.

Please contact Trudy Nelsson: [email protected] or 0419 800 980 for more information.

Propagation Workshop: Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

Propagation Workshop: Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

Thursday 12  & Tuesday 24 March

Friday 3  & Wednesday 15 April

At this workshop at the Mount Korong Eco Watch (MKEW) Nursery, members of MKEW will demonstrate techniques and share tips on how to grow Blakelyi Red Gum. Students from the Lodden Mallee Interchange will learn the principles of propagating native seeds, how to propagate by division and cuttings and the right growing media and containers to use.  No bookings available to the public at this stage.

Guided walk: National Arboretum - CANCELLED

Guided walk: National Arboretum - CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 9:30am to 11 am

National Eucalypt Day celebrates the important place of eucalypts in our hearts and lives. Explore the diversity of Eucalypts on this guided walk at the National Arboretum.   Click here for more information.

Guided forest walks with an emphasis on Eucalypts also run on Wednesdays and Sundays from 11am to 12pm and on Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm.  Meet at the information desk at the Village Centre.  Enquiries T: 02 6207 8484.

 

Guided walk: University of Tasmania - CANCELLED

Guided walk: University of Tasmania - CANCELLED

Thursday 26 March 12:30 pm

Neotenous eucalypts will be featured in a tour of the notable eucalypts growing in the gardens of the University of Tasmania. These retain their juvenile leaf types into reproductive maturity, and are often seen in cut flower arrangements due to their attractive foliage. The walk will be guided by world-renowned eucalypt biologists and authors of the popular Tasmania eucalypt field guide EucaFlip, Emeritus Professor Brad Potts and Dr Rob Wiltshire. The 45-minute stroll around the Sandy Bay campus will depart at 12.30 pm from the upper end of the Churchill Avenue overpass, outside the Life Sciences building.

 

 

 

Guided Walk: Kur-in-gai Wildflower Garden - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Kur-in-gai Wildflower Garden - CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 10 to 11:30 am

The Kur-in-gai Wildflower Garden’s gumtrees support a wide variety of creatures and are essential elements of the Sydney Sandstone bushland. This tour will include essential elements of the Sydney Sandstone bushland. There will be a visit to the nursery for some tips on the best species to choose for the home garden.

Click here to book.

 

 

Guided Walk: Botanic Gardens of South Australia - Remnant River Red Gums - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Botanic Gardens of South Australia - Remnant River Red Gums - CANCELLED

Monday, 23 March 11am to 12:30 pm

Join John Sandham and celebrate National Eucalypt Day as he takes you on a tour of the remaining River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park and introduces you to their young progeny.

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/remnant-river-red-gums-a-guided-tour-registration-93480156665

 

 

 

Guided Walk: Botanic Gardens of South Australia - The Evolution of the Eucalypt - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Botanic Gardens of South Australia - The Evolution of the Eucalypt - CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 2 to 3:30 pm

Join Andrew Thornhill on a tour of Australia’s most dominant plant group as he celebrates the diversity of 124 species of eucalypts growing in the Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park.

Meet at the Friends gate, Plane Tree Drive.

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-evolution-of-the-eucalypt-a-guided-tour-registration-93484150611

 

 

Guided Walk: Kings Park - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Kings Park - CANCELLED

Monday 23 March 11am to 12:45pm

Celebrate National Eucalypt Day with a walk around the Western Australian Botanic Garden to discover all things wonderful about one of Australia’s most recognisable trees. Learn about the many varieties of eucalypt in WA and Australia and discover some fewer known facts and secrets.

This walk will be led by the knowledgeable Kings Park Volunteer Guides

Click here for more information.

 

 

Guided Walk:  Melton Botanic Garden - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Melton Botanic Garden - CANCELLED

Tuesday March 24 10am

Join the Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden on a 90 min guided walk through the Dryland Eucalyptus Arboretum. These eucalypts tolerate a dry climate and low rainfall. The walk will be followed by free morning tea and a chance to purchase one of the eucalypts from the nursery.

Meet at Depot, 21 Williams Street, Melton

Enquiries: John Bentley
T: 9743 3819
E: [email protected]

 

 

Guided Walk: Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve

Guided Walk: Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve

Sunday 22 March 10am to 12 pm

President of the Australian Plant Society Blue Mountains Group, Dick Turner will lead a guided walk through the Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve. To join this walk, give Dick a call on 02 4739 5362

 

Toddlers and Tadpoles: Who lives among the Gum Trees? Kur-in-gai Wildflower Garden - CANCELLED

Toddlers and Tadpoles: Who lives among the Gum Trees? Kur-in-gai Wildflower Garden - CANCELLED

Wednesday 25 March and Thursday 26 March 10 am to 11:30 am

Australia’s iconic trees are important homes for more than just koalas! Toddlers are invited to join experienced rangers for play-based investigation and discovery. There will be storytelling, craft, creature encounters and a stroller friendly bushwalk, all centred around the theme of who lives among the gum trees.

Click here for more information.

 

Guided walk: Orange Botanic Garden

Guided walk: Orange Botanic Garden

Saturday 14 March 11am  for 11.30 am

Organised by Friends of the Orange Botanic Gardens this guided walk and talk on how to maintain Mallee eucalypts will be delivered by Anthony O’Halloran from Bilby Blooms.
Boxed lunch provided.
Bookings and enquiries: Susan Sanders
0418 444 478

 

 

Display: University of Tasmania CANCELLED

Display: University of Tasmania CANCELLED

Monday 23 to Friday 27 March

The Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus will exhibit historical specimens from the Tasmanian Herbarium alongside rarely seen illustrations from the University of Tasmania’s Rare Books Collection. This display will focus on neotenous eucalypts, which retain their juvenile leaf types into reproductive maturity, and are often seen in cut flower arrangements due to their attractive foliage.

 

Display: All Things Eucalyptus University of Tasmania CANCELLED

Display: All Things Eucalyptus University of Tasmania CANCELLED

Monday 23 to Friday 27 March

In the week of National Eucalypt Day, the foyer of the Life Sciences building at the University of Tasmania (Sandy Bay campus) will be filled with all-things-Eucalyptus, from scientific posters, historical documents, wood products and weird gum nuts to medicinal products and exotic beverages.

There will also be free local Tasmanian eucalypts available to take home.

 

Self Guided Walk:  Tasmanian Bushland Garden Buckland

Self Guided Walk: Tasmanian Bushland Garden Buckland

White Gum Loop Track is a gentle 30 minute walk that begins in the Memorial Garden area and wanders down the White Gum Valley to Nelson creek and return. You will see impressive big E. viminalis in this valley which is a favourite spot for more than 40 species of birds.

Click here for more information.

 

 

Self Guided Walk:  Booderee National Park Jervis Bay

Self Guided Walk: Booderee National Park Jervis Bay

Booderee is a park rich in natural and cultural history. How will you pick from among the spectacular walks? Will it be a gentle stroll through the shaded paths of the botanic gardens or will you fill your backpack with food, water and a camera for a full-day hike around Steamers Head?

Click here for more information.

 

 

Kids Craft Day - Eucy Museum Inglewood - CANCELLED

Kids Craft Day - Eucy Museum Inglewood - CANCELLED

Sunday 22 March 11am

Trudy Nelsson will be conducting this fun Eucalypt inspired craft workshop for kids.  Please call the Eucy Museum on (03) 5438 3247 to reserve a spot.

 

 

Nature Journaling Workshop: Yarra Bend, Melbourne CANCELLED

Nature Journaling Workshop: Yarra Bend, Melbourne CANCELLED

Thursday 26 March & Sunday 5 April 10am

Pick up a pencil and notebook, and discover the trees of the gardens in a new way. The practice of drawing or writing in response to nature sharpens observation skills while also allowing a relaxing experience immersed in nature. This workshop led by ecologist, artist and writer Paula Peeters, will take you through beginner exercises that show you that anyone can write and draw.

Book here

 

Self Guded Walk:  Tasmanian Arboretum

Self Guded Walk: Tasmanian Arboretum

If you take a walk along the 2 km Silvan Circuit you’ll see most of Tasmania’s eucalypts. You might even spot one of the most ‘out of place’ eucalypts in Australia. Look out for the E. cosmophylla, a mallee you wouldn’t expect to see thriving so far south.

Click here for more information.

 

Self Guided Walk: Araluen Botanic Garden

Self Guided Walk: Araluen Botanic Garden

Araluen Botanic park is nestled in a valley approximately 4.5 km from Roleystone within the Perth Hills, and is surrounded by spectacular Marri and Jarrah woodland.

Visit Araluen Botanic Park to enjoy a day relaxing and exploring the 14 hectares of landscaped gardens. Look out for impressive specimens of Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), Marri (Corymbia calophylla) and Swan River Blackbutt (Eucalyptus patens) within and around the gardens, while enjoying a diverse mix of Australian native and exotic plant and tree specimens within the landscaped areas of the garden.

 

 

Guided Walk:  Warrandyte State Park - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Warrandyte State Park - CANCELLED

Monday 23 March

View the beautiful eucalypts in the Warrandyte State Park as you walk along the Yarra River on this easy 8 km bushwalk run by the Victorian National Parks Association. Bookings essential: Sue Parkhill 0432 413 442

 

 

 

 

 

 Guided Walk: Arthurs Seat and 2 Bays - CANCELLED

Guided Walk: Arthurs Seat and 2 Bays - CANCELLED

Saturday 28 March

Looking for something for challenging? How about this hard 18km walk through eucalypt and fern forests with vantage points over Port Phillip Bay. It is a circuit walk exploring trails throughout the Arthurs Seat State Park, including part of the Two Bays Trail. Bookings essential: Louise Prendergast 0400 280 611

Click here for more information.

 

 

Self Guided Walk:  Ada Tree, Yarra Ranges

Self Guided Walk: Ada Tree, Yarra Ranges

Have you seen the Ada Tree? It’s a giant Mountain Ash E. regnans), considered one of Victoria’s largest living trees and estimated to be over 300 years old. It towers over the surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River. The tree can be reached from the Ada Tree car park via a track that meanders through the Island Creek rainforest. It’s an easy 3.2 km, 1.5 hour return trip.

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workshop: Eucalyptus and other bush teas Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Workshop: Eucalyptus and other bush teas Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Wednesday 18 March 9:30am to 1pm

Many of our native plants – including eucalypts, wattles and myrtles – have unique and pleasant flavours that remain largely unknown to most of us. Explore the taste potential of our wonderful native species, sample a variety of freshly made teas and infusions, and discover the special flavours of the Australian bush.  Adult workshop includes discussion of indigenous medicinal uses.

Bookings essential:  book here.

Guided Walks:  Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Guided Walks: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha CANCELLED

Saturday 21 March 9am and 2:30pm

Join volunteer guides for a special walk that covers all things ‘eucalypt’. You will learn about the unique features of the Garden’s magnificent specimen trees, their classification and role as habitat and forest trees, and their use in western and indigenous culture.

Click here to book.

 

 

Self Guided Walk: Eucalypt Treasures walks Brisbane Botanic Gardens: Mt Coot-tha & City Botanic Gardens

Self Guided Walk: Eucalypt Treasures walks Brisbane Botanic Gardens: Mt Coot-tha & City Botanic Gardens

Every day throughout March

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha – information available from the Visitor Information Centre

City Botanic Gardens – information available from the new Information Kiosk

 

 

 

Workshop: Botanical Plant Dyes, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha & Mt Coot-tha Council Library

Workshop: Botanical Plant Dyes, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha & Mt Coot-tha Council Library

Saturday 14  & Tuesday 17 March

Explore the ancient process of dyeing fabric using plants. Learn how to extract sustainable, skin friendly pigments from native plants, especially eucalypts, complimented with common botanical items found in your fridge and pantry. Use simple techniques to create botanical patterns on natural fibre fabrics. All materials provided.  15 +

Click here to book for Saturday 14 am Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Click here to book for Saturday 14 pm Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Click here to book for Tuesday 17 am Mt Coot-tha Council Library

Click here to book for Tuesday 17 pm Mt Coot-tha Council Library

 

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Wentworth

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Wentworth

If you are near Wentworth, be sure to visit the magnificent 2,500 year old E. oleosa at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens is an excellent example of adaptation to fire and harsh dry conditions. It has a lignotuber that survives and regenerates after fire. The lignotuber is 2,500 years old, the branches are closer to 700 years old. They develop new buds after fire or other events that cause branches to fall.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Open Days:  Little Weeroona, Leongatha

Open Days: Little Weeroona, Leongatha

Saturday March 21 & Sunday March 22 10am to 4pm

Richard Lester, former nurseryman and avid plant lover,  will welcome you to his nurturing open garden where he has raised over 50 unusual Eucalypts, many of which are small and suited to home gardens.

Little Weeroona, 731 Mardan Rd, Leongatha

Please bring snacks and beverages and a gold coin donation will contribute to the Korumburra Horticultural Society’s plans to promote Eucalypts through 2021.

Guided Walk:  Mt Jerrabomberra Queanbeyan

Guided Walk: Mt Jerrabomberra Queanbeyan

Sunday March 22 9:15am to 12pm

Queanbeyan Landcare will be hosting a walk up and back on the Mount Jerrabomberra Rd, starting at the locked gate just off Halloran Dve.

Bring a hat, water and sturdy shoes.  Children are welcome and there is an option to head along to a local cafe in Jerrambomberra  following the walk.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

 

Eucalypt Australia would like to acknowledge our supporters helping to celebrate National Eucalypt Day.

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Calyptra logo
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort logo
Eucy Oil Distillery Museum logo
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria logo
Australian National Botanic Gardens logo
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens logo
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