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Celebrate Brisbane’s diverse natural environment
Celebrate the diverse ecosystems of greater Brisbane's southern region with the Peaks to Points Festival. Held over two weeks from Saturday the 19th of July to Sunday the 3rd of August 2014,
Peaks to Points highlights sustainability and celebrates the community's efforts to care for the creek catchments and natural areas on the south side of Brisbane, encompassing the catchment groups of Wolston/Centenary, Bulimba Creek, Bayside Creek, Bayside Creek and Eprapah Creek, an area of approximately 750 square kilometres.
Key areas within the corridor include the 40km long Flinders Peak-Greenbank-Karrawatha corridor which provides a sanctuary for threatened species such as the yellow-bellied glider, the koala, glossy black cockatoo and a variety of frog species.
On Sunday the 20th of July, attend Peak's to Points official Festival Family Day from 10am to 4pm for live music, dancers, street performers, children's theatre, workshops, children's entertainment and activities, canoeing on Oxley Creek, orienteering around the Common, bike riding, stalls and displays.
Entry is free and you can even take part in the Peaks to Points family bike swap where local bike businesses will be available to show you their latest gear and provide advice and private sellers can upgrade their unwanted bikes.
With more than 35 hands on events over 2 weeks, the festival will surely entertain and enlighten the whole family. Some of the activity programmes are as per below:
1) Event: Discovering the Coopers Plains history and habitat Date: Saturday the 19th of July from 8 am to 10am
Details: Participants can meet at Coopers Plains library, Orange Grover Road before embarking on a 90 minute walk around Coopers Plains with leading Brisbane historian, Beryl Roberts around the Dutch houses, the Village and Science Laboratories to name a few.
2) Event: Go Behind the Wire at Greenbank
Date: 9:30am-12.45 pm on Tuesday 22th July
Details: Take a bus trip to the Greenbank Military Training area which has one of the five remaining vine forests south of the Brisbane river. Cost is $20 per person. Bookings are essential (07 3278 2899) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The bus departs from Corinda Railway Station, Browne St at 9.30am.
3) Event: Develop your nature photography skills with a industry leader
Date: Workshop 1: 8:30am to midday Monday 28th July
Workshop 2: 1:00pm to 4.30pm Monday 28th July
Details: Held at Queens Park Environmental Education Centre, Merle Finimore Avenue, Queens Park, Ipswich, join one of Australia's most accomplished nature photographers Michael Snedic for a free nature photography workshop in celebration of the Enviroplan Photographic Competition 2014. The competition for 2014 launches in July. Bookings are essential (07 3810 6666 or email email@example.com)
4) Event: See the birdlife at Spring Mountain Reserve
Date: 9:00 am to 11:00am Sunday 3 August
Details: Explore the Spring Mountain Reserve, at Tully Connection Road, Greenbank which features a large wetland, grasslands, eucalypt forest and some rainforest species such as silky oak. Enjoy a guided walk and bird talk together with environmental displays then stay on for a free Aussie BBQ brunch. Please register at 07 3412 4491 or email DonaldMackenzie@logan.qld.gov.au.