Celebrate nature and discover Brisbane’s wild side at the Peaks to Points Festival this month.
Held from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 31 July, the festival will feature over 40 hands-on environmental events across Brisbane’s south side, Ipswich, Logan and the Redlands area.
Through bush walks, bird watching, tree planting, environmental workshops, bus tours and lots of other great eco-activities, you can learn more about the creeks and natural areas on your doorstep, and how we can all help to protect and enhance them.
Here are just some of the events and workshops you and the kids can enjoy during the festival.
Take in the view from Flinders Peak
Head to Flinders Peak to plant a tree, take in the view and explore the natural wonders of the area in a guided walk on Saturday 16 July from 8am to 11am.
The walk is 3km’s long, taking in the beautiful sights from Goolman and Rocky Knoll lookouts and the Flinders-Goolman trail. Perfect for getting some fresh air and exercise!
Discover the magic of Toohey Forest
Join a guided 5km walk through Toohey Forest with local conservationist and historian, Beryl Roberts on Wednesday 20 July from 10am to 12pm.
The forest is home to koalas, echidnas and more than 75 bird species. During the walk, Beryl will provide walkers with a snapshot of the forest’s history and demonstrate how to gather native seeds for you to grow.
Explore nature’s marvels at Karawatha Forest
Bring the family to an interactive morning focused on learning about Australian wildlife and exploring beautiful Karawatha Forest.
Karawatha Forest is home to 320 plant species, and is one of the largest areas of remnant bushland in Brisbane.
There will be talks by local experts about the native animals and plants in the forest, followed by a walk to explore part of the forest. Hear more about local butterflies, their life cycles and host plants, at a talk by members of the butterfly and other invertebrates club too.
Be sure to leave some extra time before or after the event to explore Brisbane City Council’s newly opened Discovery Centre, featuring an interactive floor projection of a frog habitat, a sculptural forest discovery area, a virtual reality experience giving a bird’s eye view of Karawatha Forest and Queensland’s first nature play space.
Family picnic in the park
Relax in the afternoon sun while enjoying a family picnic under the fig trees at Strickland Terrace Park on Saturday 23 July from 3pm to 4:30pm.
There will be games, activities and kite flying for the kids!
Compost and worm farm making
Join a free community workshop at Lota on Sunday 24 July from 9am to 12pm and learn how to turn kitchen and garden waste into rich nutrients for your soil!
Morning tea is provided and the workshop is suitable for all ages.
Next stop, sewage treatment plant
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your number ones and twos after you’ve flushed them down the toilet, here’s your chance to find out!
Queensland Urban Utilities operates the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which treats domestic wastewater and trade waste from the southern and western regions of Brisbane.
Join a bus trip and see how applied science and engineering are protecting Moreton Bay. The tour is free for members of the Oxley Creek Catchment Association and $15 for non-members.
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Covered shoes, hats and long sleeves must be worn. Please BYO drinks and snacks.
Festival Wrap Up
On Sunday 31 July, the festival will conclude with a Festival Family Day presented by Brisbane MarketPlace at the Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road in Rocklea.
From 10am to 4pm the whole family can enjoy live entertainment, children’s craft activities, farm animals, Bugs Ed insect display, reptiles and frogs, information displays and workshops, plus a range of food and drinks.
Bookings are essential for some of these workshops and events. To book or for more information visit www.peakstopoints.com.au
The Peaks to Points Festival is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council, Bmag, 4ZZZ, Lend Lease, Ipswich City Council, Brisbane MarketPlace and Channel 7.
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