Spring into Nature 2018

September to November 2018


Your open day guide to visiting private conservation properties in Victoria this spring

There's nothing like peering over the fence to see what's going on and how conservation is done somewhere else.

Spring into Nature with us at privately protected areas across the state, from September to November 2018. Discover the beauty of our state's natural heritage, learn about the conservation efforts of private landholders, and find out how you can help protect nature on private land.

All are welcome, and no matter where you’re from, what your conservation knowledge may be, or what your background is, we’d love to have you join us! 

See our list of events below.


Our events

Sunday 23 September 2018


10:00am to 4:00pm at Pallisters Reserve 457 Masons Road, Orford

Pallisters Reserve tour and community planting day

Brolgas are one of the large bird species that capture our imagination. The crane is listed as vulnerable in Victoria and pairs for life, using the same nesting area for 20 years. Two breeding pairs have been recorded on Trust for Nature’s Pallisters Reserve north west of Warrnambool. There have been regular Brolga nestings at Pallisters for 20 years and there are signs their population is increasing.

Pallisters is one of a handful of Trust for Nature properties opening its gates to the public during the Trust’s annual Spring into Nature program. The Reserve is named after its previous owner and was bought by Trust for Nature in 1989 with donations from the Ross Trust. It has 254 hectares of wetlands and is maintained by a volunteer committee, Friends of Pallisters Reserve.

Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the property and contribute towards its conservation by planting trees. There are more than 125 bird species on the Reserve and lots of orchid varieties so visitors should definitely bring their binoculars and cameras.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Thursday 18 October 2018


10:00am to 2:00pm at Coopers Rd, off the Kaniva-Edenhope Rd, Minimay

Discover Bank Australia’s conservation reserve

In a world-first, Bank Australia established a ConservationReserve in 2008 to offset some of its lending activity. The reserve, on the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk people, is protected forever with a Trust for Nature covenant. 

Come and discover the Bank’s Conservation Reserve in the West Wimmera, home to threatened Buloke woodlands and the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. You’ll learn about the Reserve’s resident plants and animals, and staff of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council will run Indigenous-themed activities suitable for both adults and children. 

A BBQ lunch will be provided.


Sunday 28 October 2018


10am to 4pm at 2180 Warburton Highway, Launching Place

Wanderslore Sanctuary - Nature and art combined

Located in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne, this 10 hectare property is an oasis of native vegetation in an area now heavily subdivided.
The land was donated to Trust for Nature in 1987 by the late Constance Coleman - an artist, poet, teacher and nature lover. Enjoy a guided or self-guided walk through creeks and gullies, ferns and grasses, fungi and open forests. Meet members of the Friends of Wanderslore and celebrate the history and ecology of this property with light refreshments (supplied), before wandering through a photographic exhibition. 

Tours run hourly.