Friends of Leadbeater's Possum
Events around Melbourne and ToolangiVictoria
Awareness Week is a week of education, awareness and advocacy and culminates in a commemoration of the rediscovery of the Leadbeater's possum by Eric Wilkinson on April 3rd, 1961. Events scheduled around Melbourne and online (more to be provided).
Leadbeater’s Possum Awareness Week Picnic
Sunday 3rd April, Noon – 4pm
Cambarville Township Area
We hope you can join us to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the rediscovery of Leadbeater’s Possum back at the area where it happened! Following on from our event at the Melbourne Museum in 2011 to celebrate the rediscovery, we return each year to the forest area of the first sighting. We hope to be joined by Eric Wilkinson, who was in the right place at the right time 54 years ago to first see the species in the wild since they were declared extinct in 1960!
There will be a BYO Picnic Lunch (we will supply hot and cold drinks and some nibbles but please bring something for lunch and a chair or picnic rug).
And then a forest walk that will take us from the Cambarville parking lot through the Mountain Ash forests, past the massive elephant tree, through a rainforest gully, past the “Big Tree” and on to the Cora Lynn falls area where you will view the unburnt gully above.
On this walk we will discuss the recovery of the forests from the 2009 bushfires and the impact the fires had on Leadbeater’s Possum habitat in the area.
The return walk will be approximately 1.5 hours at a slow pace but car lifts will be available back to the Cambarville parking lot if you wish to walk one way only.
Cambarville can be approached from two directions. 1: From Healesville, via Black Spur and Narbethong, then through Marysville and turn right along Woods Point Road approximately 15km beyond the Lake Mountain turn off (approximately 1 hour driving time). 2: Via Warburton and Reefton (approximately 45minutes driving time).
Healesville, Marysville and Warburton all have delicious (and highly recommended!) bakeries and cafes to pick up your picnic lunch.