Get out and hit a nature trail

WAVE goodbye to migratory birds as they fly away from the Richmond River Nature Reserve at South Ballina, on what may be a 25,000 km journey.

Discover some rainforest remnants in the company of Bundjalung traditional owners; or take a car tour along the Tweed Scenic Range and celebrate 25 years of World Heritage recognition.

These are all choices you can make for the Easter school holiday, through the Discovery program organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

It's the 25th anniversary of the Gondwana World Heritage rainforests and this year's Discovery program aims to help people on the Northern Rivers connect with the traditional owners of land in the region and meet some of the campground hosts who look after those wonderful camping places such as at Black Rocks, in the Bundjalung National Park.

These hosts will tell campfire stories on Friday April 13, or take you for a walk along Jerusalem Creek on Friday 20, helping you learn about Bundjalung culture and country along the way.

The program starts today and runs until Sunday, April 22.

The migratory birds experience at South Ballina will be a chance to hear from National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers about the many species of migratory shorebirds that frequent the region.

Rainforest walks are being held tomorrow at Gummigurrah in Bundjalung National Park, just south of Evans Head and on Wednesday, April 18, an easy walk through Iluka's World Heritage littoral rainforest will be the chance to learn about traditional uses of plants and animals for food and medicine from Yaegl traditional owners.

There will also be guided tours of the Byron Bay Lighthouse, three times a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and twice a day on Saturdays for the duration of the school holidays.

The full program can be found at

Bookings are essential and can be done through the website or by phone on 6627 0200.

Topics:  national parks and wildlife service

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