Bilby Tracks program details

Note that the trips only run if we get adequate numbers and are subject to cancellation if unseasonal heavy rains close roads in the region.

DRAFT generic program itinerary PDF for 2018 program. There are no remaining bus trips in 2017.

November 5 - 10 (self-drive only from Hungerford. No Charleville component) 2017

Please read the information below. Registration and payment is closed for the November program. Only those who have already paid for this trip may attend.

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If you have questions, contact Colleen directly at bilbytracks@savethebilbyfund.org.

What you need to know for the bus trip program (for the self-drive trips, possibly again offered in Nov., 2018 you must largely self cater and have own transport.):

This is a camping trip. Tents and most meals are supplied for the bus trip ONLY. We can accommodate special dietary needs for the bus trip ONLY. You need to provide your own sleeping bag and personal items.

A detailed list of what to bring list will be provided once you have registered for the trip

Internet coverage is intermittent outside of Charleville. Satellite phones will be available for co-ordinating working parties in the field.

Average temperatures (expect conditions up to plus or minus 8 degrees beyond these averages)

May - between 26 and 11 deg. C

July - between 19 and 4 deg. C

September - between 26 and 9 deg. C

November - between 33 and 17 deg. C (expect conditions of plus or minus 5 degrees or more beyond these averages), Note these temperatures are taken in the shade.

The fieldwork inside the Bilby Fence will require a moderate level of fitness and you will be required to undertake up to six hours of research-related fieldwork per day. Days on most trips will start early to avoid the heat in the middle of the day in the warmer months. This work is essential for preparing the area and refining techniques inside the predator-exclusion fence prior to re-releasing bilbies at a date yet to be determined. There are no bilbies there at present.

This is a remote location without immediate access to emergency services and medical assistance. We are very conscious of your safety and take all the precautions we can. You will be fully briefed on all health and safety procedures at the induction in Charleville.

You must be over 18 to participate.

Potential field activities:

You will be provided with all the necessary training and guidance from experienced researchers and fieldwork experts to participate in the following types of activities.

  • conducting transect surveys and monitoring sand traps for animal tracks and other signs
  • refining habitat and vegetation monitoring and surveying methods
  • testing field equipment
  • checking integrity of Bilby Fence and doing minor repairs as required

There will be talks at night by researchers, rangers and experts with local knowledge on the natural history, conservation and ecology of the region. More details on all this will be available closer to the November date.