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Bonville Creek Canoe Exploration

August 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

- Free

What better way to explore the upper tidal reaches of Bonville Creek than by slowly paddling along its forested banks?

Bonville Creek is within Bongil Bongil NP, which in Gumbaynggirr language means a place of plenty, and indeed we hope to see plenty of wildlife on our paddle. Andrew and Karina are both accredited canoe flatwater guides and will provide detailed personal safety and paddling instructions both prior to entering the water and once we are afloat, but ultimately the safety of each child is the responsibility of their parents or a nominated supervising adult on the day.

This is a water based outing and we ask that people need to bring their OWN watercraft in order to participate.  Suitable vessels include canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.  There maybe spare seats available in other people’s vessels so please let us know if you are struggling to find something that floats!

Meet 8.30am, Bongil Bongil NP. Finish 12.oopm

Meet Bongil Picnic Area (canoe launch), Williams Road, Bonville.

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This outing will be a water-based activity with most of out time spent on Bonville Creek.

Please note: YNC members will need to bring their OWN WATERCRAFT and personal buoyancy vests for children (as required) for this activity.

Meeting place: meet at the canoe launch carpark on the right side of Williams Road entrance into Bongil Bongil NP.  This carpark is about 200m before the road terminates at the Bongil Bongil Picnic Area with BBQ’s and toilets.  The website link has a map.

What to Bring:  canoe/kayak/surf ski/standup paddle board, and paddles, personal buoyancy vests, water, wide brimmed hat, sun protection (especially for neck and legs – they get full sun for 2+hrs), towel. Spare change of clothes.

If parents can contact me (Andrew) to advise if they are coming and what watercraft they intend to bring that would be great. If you don’t have any canoe, kayak etc, please let me know also and it MAY be possible that other club members have spares??  If we don’t get enough folk with vessels I’ll change the outing to a land-based activity instead later next week.

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Bongil Picnic Area, Williams Rd

The Young Naturalists Club strives to create life-changing experiences and promote nature awareness for young people.

logoBFB_LRThe Young Naturalists Club (YNC) is a club for budding young nature-lovers who, with support and guidance from adult mentors, can develop their naturalist observation skills into lifelong learning. The group meets one Sunday morning per month to explore a range of local environments and engage in birdwatching, animal tracking, canoeing, snorkelling, beachcombing and other naturalist skills.

A box of fresh, local fruit, nuts and other snacks are kindly supplied free of charge at each YNC outing for morning tea by our generous sponsor, Bello Food Box.

YNC Mentors

Walks are led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davila (both of whom also work for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife). Most outings also have a special guest – including a local ecologist, botanist, marine biologist, or field tracker who provides specialist insights for the group on location. Andrew and Karina volunteer their time.

Who can attend?

YNC is for anyone aged 10-15. Children interested in joining should have a strong interest in nature, are able to participate in group activities which require quiet observation and concentration, and are independent. Participants should be self-motivated and be willing to mix easily with a smallish group of like-minded students.

All attendees need to members of CEL to be covered by our insurance (youth membership is $20/year). 

We aim to create the next generation of field ecologists.

Supported by adult mentors and in a unique learning environment, participants learn directly from experts about the different ecosystems while developing their passion and curiosity and self-led investigations into the natural world.

 How much does it cost?

COST: $10 per child per outing
This covers insurance and admin (unfortunately, CEL’s insurance is very expensive because we work with youth and the outdoors – both very scary for insurance companies apparently!). The amazing mentors volunteer their time, and Bello Food Box kindly donates healthy snacks every outing (thanks heaps, mentors and BFB!).

NOTE – NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM for the remainder of 2017
There are 4 more events in 2017 – and we would like to make life easier for the mentors by them not having to collect payments every month. So please follow this two step process:

1. Fill out the form on the right to register your child as a 2017 YNC “Member”. (Fill out one form per child attending).
2. Please deposit $40 to the Centre for Ecological Learning bank account at the Banancoast Credit Union: BSB 533 000, account 225037 (S11 if transferring from a Bananacoast account). Please use your CHILDS NAME as a reference.

How do I book?

To book for a YNC event, please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com

Become a YNC Member - 2017

Enjoy all YNC events for the rest of the year!

If anyone would like to offer car pooling for taking other children to any of the outings please just email Andrew and arrangements can hopefully be made between parents.

Please bring:

  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Magnifying glass (if you have one)
  • Water and snack
  • Shoes and clothes suitable for walking off-track
  • Small sketch book and pencil/sharpener/pocket knife
  • Rain jacket (if weather looks iffy).
  • Small backpack to carry the above

Please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com with any questions or text him on 0428 205 554 the night before if you have any last minute questions.



August 26, 2017
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Andrew Turbill
0428 205 554


Andrew Turbill
How to Book
Andrew - theagitator(AT)bigpond.com / 0428 205 554
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Bongil Bongil National Park
Williams Road
Bonville, NSW 2450 Australia
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