National Tourism Award winning Discovery Ranger Mark Flanders will host special tours of Giidany Miirlarl (Muttonbird Island) during the Easter School holidays.
National Tourism Award winning Discovery Ranger Mark Flanders will host special tours of Giidany Miirlarl (Muttonbird Island) during the Easter School holidays. Rob Cleary/OEH

Easter holidays a time for discovery

AN OPPORTUNITY for the kids to get out of the house and learn something while having some fun during the Easter school holidays is being offered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Discovery team.

The Discovery team have another exciting package of guided walks, canoeing, 4WD tours and other activities happening across the Coffs Coast that provides a chance to get outdoors with family or friends to enjoy our spectacular natural environment and shake off the long wet summer.

The NSW and National 2011 Gold tourism award winning Aboriginal Discovery program, will again be run by the renowned Aboriginal Discovery Ranger Mark Flanders making people smile as he brings the values of Aboriginal cultural heritage into people's hearts and minds.

NPWS Discovery regional coordinator Andrew Turbill said it's a great opportunity to introduce kids to local Aboriginal culture and connect them with nature in a safe and relaxed environment.

"Don't miss out on catching up with Mark on Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve on Tuesday and Friday mornings throughout the holidays," Mr Turbill said.

"Also on Muttonbird Island on Good Friday evening, people can help Mark farewell the Muttonbird (Wedge-tailed Shearwater) fledglings on their first flight to the warmer waters of the Philippines. 

"This very popular Discovery activity combines Aboriginal and European historical stories with the natural history of this bustling seabird rookery."

Booking numbers for this popular tour are strictly limited.

Mr Turbill added that there's other activities across the region as well including a series of Discovery Ranger guided walks through the World Heritage listed Rainforest of Gondwana at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

"Meet our friendly Discovery Rangers at the centre on Tuesday and Wednesdays through the holidays for 'Gondwana Rainforest' walks and on Thursdays for our 'Birds of the Rainforest' walks," he said.

"As with most holidays we have canoes out for some fun paddling the estuaries of our beautiful coast. Explore Corindi Creek at Red Rock and Warrell Creek in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park (east of Macksville). All the gear is supplied but booking is essential and numbers are limited."

While some Discovery activities are free, others incur a fee and require booking so please check the website for full details about where and when activities are scheduled for a park near you.

For more information visit (Upper North Coast) or contact the NPWS Coffs Harbour on 6652 0900 or the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on 6657 2309.

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