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Get your hands dirty with Dad this Father's Day
Sure, we all love socks and jocks - and no doubt, an occasion will soon come for which that purple Tweety-Bird tie is just perfect. But once you've unwrapped all these treasures, shaken the toast crumbs from the sheets, and combed the bacon rinds from your hair after that lovely breakfast-in-bed experience, what is a Dad to do with the rest of his special day?
Timed to simultaneously celebrate Bushcare's Major Day Out on Landcare Australia's 25th birthday, Dad's Day out is the perfect Father's Day activity for Dads who love getting their hands dirty in the garden, or who simply have a passion for Australia's natural heritage and landscapes.
Dad's Day Out - get your hands dirty with Dad this Sunday
The day—which is completely free and includes a BBQ lunch—will centre around practical Bushcare workshops and activities, including tree planting, water monitoring, propagation and weaving with weeds. It's not all hard work, of course: the Dad's Day Out offers something for everyone in the family, whether it's a mystery bus tour, roving musical entertainment, a chance to meet personally with a koala, a bird walk, native fish tour, or craft activities for the kids.
From meetings with koalas to mystery bus tours at Redlands Indigiscapes Centre this Father's Day
Bushcare's Major Day out is a national celebration, but any visit to the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre is a good chance to discover more about your local Bushcare group and the good work which this all-volunteer organisation does across our region. There's no reason why we can't bring many of Indigiscapes' treasures into our very own backyards and community landscapes, and do our own part—however humble—to preserve and enhance the unique Australian environment which we all call home.
Redlands Indigiscapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba
Thanks to Boyd and Chantel at Indigiscapes for these tips to help you enjoy this Father's Day at the Dad's Day Out:
You don't need to bring anything, as it's all completely free including the sausage sizzle - but a picnic blanket would be a great idea. Any small change you do bring can be donated to a local community group and will be much appreciated.
About the mystery bus tour - the bus is limited to 11 people at one time and unfortunately is not wheelchair friendly. The trip will go for around 45 minutes per trip and we will be running 3 trips. It will be a hands-on and educational activity! The only age limit on any of the activities is for the mystery bus trip - 12 years and up, with kids requiring adult supervision.
About access and physical restrictions - All our tracks are wheelchair friendly however one activity, the water monitoring, may be difficult to fully access. Tree-planting and field trip will require physical involvement.
A schedule for the day will be available on our website next week and will also be handed out on the day.
A roving performer will create background music, playing a variety of instruments (keyboard mainly), and singing.
IndigiScapes will be open as per normal. The nursery will be closed, however there will be a selection of plants for sale at the centre.
The Bushcare Major Day Out (BMDO) is an annual event like national tree day. It is about showcasing the on-ground action the community, volunteers and organisations are doing to conserve and restore our local bushland areas. This year's event coincides with the 25th anniversary of Landcare and is supported by Bob Hawke and Costa Georgiadis with a special airing on Gardening Australia. More information can be accessed at www.bushcaresmajordayout.org/ The Redland's BMDO event, the Dad's Day Out, aims to be a family-orientated fun day full of activities that relate to Bushcare. It's also an opportunity to promote the local Bushcare volunteers and, in general, the good work conservation volunteers and organisations do across the region.
Please slip, slop and slap, wear enclosed shoes and bring your water bottles.
Food and drink will be available for purchase. Our gift shop will be open in the centre, and can take EFTPOS, however no cash-out service is available
To get to Indigiscapes by car (if travelling from Brisbane), follow Old Cleveland Road to Moreton Bay Road. At the second set of lights, turn right into Redland Bay Road. Follow Redland Bay Road past shops and industrial area. Look out for the IndigiScapes sign. Keep right to turn into Runnymede Road (Runnymede Road is on the right before the Vienna Road and Lyndon Road intersection).
* The 270 bus route runs from Carindale Interchange to within a kilometre of Indigiscapes - please see the Translink website for further details.