Bush Tucker Tour with Rachel Heaton

15178131_10154158990588693_8643512557842946986_nThis special Hiking Mums Bush Tucker Tour is at Federal Community Childrens Centre in their Bush Tucker Garden with Program Manager Rachel Heaton. Open to all mothers in the community, you don’t have to be a member of Hiking Mums. 1030am

The tour itself is an educational stroll through a garden dedicated to local bush food species, and the optional walk at the end is on a pram & toddler and older friendly walkway through some local parkland. Followed by brief
walk to Federal Park and, why not, something to eat if you like in the park, or doma sushi will be open too. Babes and children of all ages welcome.

More about the project:
This bush tucker project provides a ‘living classroom’ for the children of the Federal Community Preschool and a meeting and learning place for the whole Community. Rachel Heaton , a local parent is the Project Manager. the main aim is to build an increased awareness and connection for the children with in the community.We have already started to document the animals we have seen on our regular visits to the garden. This project involved the creation of a ‘Bush Foods Garden Working Group’ in Reconciliation Week 2014. Our members include the local Landcare group, local Widjabul custodians, Local Council and the wider parent. The Bush Foods Forest is designed to utilise many of the local plant species from our surrounding Subtropical Rainforest – species which offer current and traditional cultural use. This design adds to local biodiversity and offers many opportunities for the whole community to be involved and learn about caring for our environment, including employment opportunities for the local Indigenous communities.


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Hiking Mums Booyong Walk

By Kristy Theissling
Hiking Mums Northern Rivers

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 3.06.25 PMHas your camping, backpacking or caravanning adventure taken you to the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales? Or are you a local looking for a kid-friendly activity in a shady, ancient Fig forest?

Why not explore Booyong Reserve –  16 hectares of original rainforest wonderland, with over 150 species of plants including figs and lush, aromatic natives. The centuries old canopy that once stretched from Byron Bay to Lismore is now one of the last remnants of “Big Scrub”.
Known locally as a sensory playground for generations of young, and a lush, natural de-tox for the old, a forest-floor walking track allows easy access to wander under the shady canopy, with only the occasional fallen trunk to navigate, and an abundance of life to explore, from reptiles, to rare fungi. The spectacular Richmond Birdwing butterfly calls Booyong home, as does many wet forest birds that hide in the branches overlooking the Reserves two creeks.

Located between the townshipsBooyongLizard of Eltham, Nashua, Brooklet, Fernleigh and Pearces Creek, the Booyong Nature Reserve is also a short, central and convenient drive from the regions major towns of Ballina, Lismore, Bangalow or Byron Bay on sealed roads suitable for both 2WD and 4WD.
Historically significant to the region and this walk is Red Cedar – an export industry that thrived in the late 1800s, its timber used in furniture making. Booyong Reserve has one of the few remaining examples of Red Cedar that once vastly covered the area.

Other species include the Small Leaved Fig, Pepperberry, Olivers Sassafras, Black Bean, Blush Walnut, Grey Walnut, White Booyong, Koda, White Beech, giant Francis Water Gums (some of the largest in the world), Hard Quandong and many Myrtle species.

Opposite to its entry point is the Booyong Recreation Reserve with covered picnic tables, Tennis court & clubhouse, sporting field and amenities and ample parking.

Wander into the past by visiting this exquisite example of the rainforest that time forgot.
Booyong Nature Reserve
Booyong Road, Nashua

Why not explore this or other great walks with the Northern Rivers Hiking Mums group? Here are our upcoming events:

Upcoming Hiking Mums Events:

Thursday, March 17, 2016
10 AM
Three Sisters Walk Broken Head
Broken Head Beach carpark

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
10 AM
Killen Falls

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
10 AM
Bush Tucker Tour with Rachel Heaton
Federal Community Childrens Centre

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
10:30 AM
Woody Head Walk
Woody Heads Camping Area

Past Hiking Mums Northern Rivers Walks

March 2016
Booyong Reserve – Big Scrub

August 2015
Goanna Headland, Evans Head
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10 AM

Broadwater beach & coastal bushand
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10 AM

June 2015
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12 AM

May 2015
Jones Road Yelgun / Billinudgel Nature R…
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12 AM

September 2014
Shelley / Angels / Flat Rock / Boulders
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Pocket hike
Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Minyon Falls Weekend
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 12 AM

Pram Convoy 1 – Ballina Foreshore to Sha…
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

July 2014
Lighthouse Loop Walk
Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

June 2014
Lighthouse walk / Arakwal National Park
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Lighthouse walk / Arakwal National Park
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Broken Head back beaches
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

May 2014
Protestor Falls Mothers Day Walk
Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10 AM

April 2014
Mt Warning Summit
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8 AM

March 2014
Booyong Reserve
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2 PM

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1 PM

Three Sisters, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2 PM

February 2014

Clean up Australia Day – Bruns River Cle…
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

7 Mile / the Teatree lake, Lennox
Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2 PM

Little Tahiti / Bruns Head Nature Reserve
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3 PM

Broken Head Back Beaches

Meet 12.15 for a 12.30 departure, Broken Head carpark Monday 15th June 12.30 .. challenging walk with lots and lots and lots of steps up and up and up and down, some slipperyness and some loose rock etc. Not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced.  However spectacular views, headlands, coastal and forest. Winter wildflowers shouldbe in bloom. Also note there is a gay nudie beach on this route. Please don’t forget to read the fine print before attending a Hiking Mums walk… xx