Free Alpine Na­tional Park sum­mer tours

Alpine Observer - - Alpine Alive -

VIS­I­TORS to the Alpine Na­tional Park can now ex­pe­ri­ence the Bo­gong High Plains like never be­fore thanks to Parks Vic­to­ria’s new Alps Dis­cov­ery Days at Wal­lace’s Hut Her­itage Trail, a con­tin­u­a­tion of the new Vol­un­teer Park Guide pro­gram launched ear­lier this year.

The Alps Dis­cov­ery Days ex­pe­ri­ence will show­case the unique flora and fauna of the Alpine Na­tional Park while im­mers­ing vis­i­tors in the cul­tural her­itage of the Bo­gong High Plains.

The Vol­un­teer Park Guides will lead both guided tours and more in­for­mal chats of Wal­lace’s hut and the sur­round­ing wet­lands be­tween 10am to 2pm dur­ing the sum­mer school hol­i­days and on the Easter long week­end in April 2019.

The newly launched pro- gram is be­ing tri­alled in two lo­ca­tions and en­ables pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers to be­come more ac­tively in­volved by shar­ing their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with park vis­i­tors, cre­at­ing last­ing mem­o­ries for all in­volved.

The Alps Dis­cov­ery Days tours will be avail­able on Thurs­days, Satur­day and Sun­day. They are free, fun and ed­u­ca­tional for all.

Parks Vic­to­ria State-wide Vol­un­teer Of­fi­cer Leesa Ri­ley, said that Parks Vic­to­ria was com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing ex­cit­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors.

“The new Vol­un­teer Park Guides pro­gram aims to cre­ate a last­ing con­nec­tion be­tween the com­mu­nity, vis­i­tors and our parks,” she said.

“We have been very for­tu­nate to re­cruit a num­ber of lo­cal vol­un­teers who have their own strong con­nec­tion with the unique Alpine land­scape and will be able to share won­der­ful sto­ries with our vis­i­tors.

“The Alps Dis­cov­ery Days will en­able our vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence unique fea­tures of the Bo­gong High Plains through the eyes of our vol­un­teers.”

Park Guide Gra­ham Gales added that he was look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the sto­ries of the Alpine Na­tional Park.

“(In­clud­ing) Its his­tory, its rare and frag­ile fea­tures, and how it sup­ports the health and well­be­ing of not just lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, but also ones in other parts of Vic­to­ria and Aus­tralia.”

To book a place on a Vol­un­teer Park Guide tour, visit https://www.park­stay.vic.gov. au/dis­cov­ery-tours or sim­ply ar­rive at Wal­lace’s Hut within the des­ig­nated time.

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