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Springtime Flora Spectacular – 3 days at Kulin – with the DRB

17 October, 2:00 pm-20 October, 12:30 pm

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Join us for this exciting natural history weekend with the DRB Nats in Kulin. It is spring time – when the flowers will be at their best, and even the Eucalyptus Macrocarpas will be coming out. We came to Kulin in June 2018 and saw so much of interest, and had such a good time, that members have been adamant we must return in spring!

We have a fabulous array of accommodation available at incredibly reasonable prices, a special place for us all to meet with full facilities including a kitchen, a local naturalist who will be helping us go to all the best places and spending the whole weekend with us, and on top of visits to all the best natural history sites in the area, talks by the locals … and that’s just for starters.

 

Where is Kulin?

Kulin is a town in the Eastern Wheatbelt, approximately 280 km from Perth. It is the main town in the Shire of Kulin. It is famous for its tin horse highway, it’s Macrocarpa Trail – (Eucalyptus macrocarpa is the flora emblem of the Shire of Kulin); and the Shire of Kulin’s internationally recognised Camp Kulin – where we will be based.

Bookings now open for everyone

For more information on Kulin:

  1. Shire of Kulin website: http://kulin.wa.gov.au
  2. Camp Kulin: http://campkulin.com.au/about/facilities
  3. Facebook – Kulin Wildflowers and What to See and Do: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136058339763620/
  4. Facebook – Kulin Visitor Centre and Community Resource Centre: https://www.facebook.com/kulin.crc/ 38 Johnston Street Kulin, Western Australia 6365: Call (08) 9880 1021.
  5. Tourism information: http://kulin.wa.gov.au/main/tourism
  6. Tanya Dupagne, is the founder of Camp Kulin, and in 2017 she was the National Rural Woman of the Year

We are hoping that the locals will join us again as they did last year. They want to learn more from us about their natural history, which is great. It is what the DRB Nats is all about and we can learn a lot from them too.

Dates: 2pm Thursday 17th October 2019 to 12.30pm Sunday 20th October 2019.

This is a long weekend excursion but not on a long weekend!

Many places are so busy on long weekends and Camp Kulin is not available on the long weekend, we are going from a Thursday afternoon/evening to Sunday morning. Some of us are taking the Friday off work to make it happen. Do join us. We want you with us!

Suggested programme in Kulin

We will have opened Camp Kulin by 2pm on the Thursday so it is available for our use from then onwards, until 1pm on Sunday. There will be an excursion that afternoon.

Places we will visit:

THE MACROCARPA TRAIL.

This has to be top of the list. The flowering gum, Eucalyptus macrocarpa (Mottlecah) grows here in abundance. The Macrocarpa Trail is only a 1km walk or drive just out of Kulin. It was full of flowers and birds when we went in June and it has stands of Eucalyptus Macrocarpa for as far as the eye can see. We are hoping they will be coming out into flower. This time we promise we will stay a whole half-day here – there is so much to see. It is an easy 1.4km walk on an easy path with bush on both sides, so suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Of course, 1.4km could take the DRB Nats hours to complete as we will stop so often.

BUCKLEY’S BREAKAWAY

We quickly popped into Buckley’s Breakaway last time and very late in the day, but it was such a short visit people are eager to return. It is a photographic paradise. Located 70 kilometres east of Kulin, off the Holt Rock Road on route to Wave Rock, Buckley’s Breakaway is a picturesque land form where erosion has cut through the orange laterite and formed spectacular white cliffs and gullies from the underlying clay. The gully is dominated by Cypress Pine, Blue Mallet and Box Poison, but at the top of the “breakaway” it’s a natural garden with something in flower all year round. In the shelter of the shrubs, there are a range of orchids, trigger plants and sundews, for example, … and of course, then there are the birds.

Other options:

The Corrigin Rifle Range – is up a slope and the plants change with the soils as you walk or drive up. We went last time and were in awe at the diversity and beauty of the flora. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We may even go bird-watching at the sewerage pond in Corrigin; the birds there last time were astonishing in number and variety.

There are plenty more places too – it would be easy to spend a whole week here. Robin Campbell, our leader knows all the best spots.

Weather: We hope for good weather!

Accommodation and costs:

Camp Kulin/Kulin Retreat. This is the base for the DRB Nats all the time we are there. There is a caravan park adjoining it. We have already booked this for the whole weekend. We need a minimum of 6 people to stay here. It has a kitchen, living room, male and female dormitories, 2 individual rooms. Book through our RSVP not through Camp Kulin.

It houses 46 people – in 2 dormitories, and there are two separate bedrooms which we reserve for people with special needs.The showers are excellent and the toilets are indoors and excellent and plenty of them. The dormitories are spacious.

It is only $100 per member for the three nights including use of all facilities for those staying at Camp Kulin.

It is $120 per visitor for the three nights including use of all facilities for those staying at Camp Kulin.

Members who are not staying at Camp Kulin but joining us there are encourarged to donate $10 per person towards the costs of the weekend, and visitors $20 towards the costs, this will include the use of all the facilities. (So whether you are staying there or not the facilities are available for all of us to use, which is great).

Our preference is for people to come for all three nights, this makes it so much more inclusive and enjoyable, as happened on our excursion to Yalgorup where we were all together from the beginning. It also makes it easier to manage financially and reduces the administrative burden on the organiser.

However, if you only want to come for 2 or 1 nights you may as long as you know the cost is the same and there may be no one there to greet you during the day if you come after Thursday afternoon.

If you want to stay at Camp kulin please indicate this on your RSVP. You will pay Mike our Treasurer cash on arrival, and he will pay Camp Kulin. Please bring the right cash. THANKS!

All the details of Camp Kulin are:

  • All cooking facilities – a shared kitchen with all facilities.
  • BBQ outside.
  • Lounge area.
  • A male dormitory of 20 beds plus an excellent set of showers and toilets (all inside).
  • A female dormitory of 20 beds plus an excellent set of showers and toilets (all inside).
  • Beds are all made up only bring a teddy or your favourite pillow if you can’t sleep without them.
  • Bring bathroom gear and personal toiletries.
  • Bring food.
  • Area for showing slides, meeting together and having talks – chairs provided.
  • Full details: http://campkulin.com.au/about/facilities

Other nearby accommodation options: (Check prices etc.)

You will be asked to indicate where you are staying when you book in so we know where you are.

We hope you will stay at Camp Kulin as the DRB has booked exclusive use of all the facilities, If you are not wanting to stay at the Camp itself please book your accommodation asap as there isn’t a lot of it left available.

Caravan Park. 90 Johnston St, Kulin WA 6365. BOOKINGS + ENQUIRIES PH: 0439 469 850. 08 9880-1204. This is on the same site as Camp Kulin so very convenient and you only pay what you think it is worth. There is no set fee. “Kulin Caravan Park guests are welcome to contribute an amount which they feel their stay and experience is worth, according to their own financial ability. This is a unique financial model that is centered on the values of trust, generosity and respect”. How good is that! Most pay $15-$30 per night. It has: Drive-through bays, large cement pads with blue metal surrounding them, well planned park, new ensuite style ablutions, a laundry, 11 x Powered Caravan Sites (with water), 1 x Powered Tent Site (with water). Unpowered tent sites (no water).

Kulin Hotel Motel. 57 Johnston Street, Kulin. PH Megan: (08) 9880 1201 or 0487-777-815. FAX: (08) 9880 1010. Email: megan@thekulinhotel.com Kulin’s historic Hotel has six (6) motel units plus hotel rooms. Meals available. All rooms have fridge, toaster, kettle, air-conditioning and TV with private ensuite. Walking distance from Camp Kulin.

Rooms and costs (please check with hotel)
Hotel queen $65/1 $80/2
Hotel 2 singles $55/1 $110/2
children under 4-12 $15
continental breakfast: motel and hotel
coffee n cake all day. Lunch and dinner mon-sun and holidays.

Wisteria House Bed & Breakfast: (please check prices). Restored federation house converted into a Bed & Breakfast, with capacity for 12 people in a variety of configurations including queen, double and twin. One queen room has its own ensuite with the rest sharing a lovely big bathroom with separate toilets. Guests have full use of the huge kitchen, formal dining area, lounge room and TV area. Complimentary continental breakfast. Right in the centre of Kulin within walking distance to shops, playground, swimming pool and museum. Queen shared bathrooms in 2018 were: $110. Double shared bathrooms: $110. Twins shared bathroom $80 for 1, $110 for 2. Gwladys Tyson who runs it is a local character! https://www.facebook.com/WisteriaHouseKulin/ email: wisteriahousekulin@gmail.com

Mike and Rachel stayed here last time and recommend the queen room with the ensuite.

Ameli Cottage, 4 High Street Kulin WA 6365. The cottage is a 2 bedroom (1 queen, 2 single beds), 1 bathroom, self contained home. There is a kitchen/dining/lounge and a separate lounge (sofa converts to a bed to sleep 5 or 6 in total). Facilities available include Tea/Coffee, Fridge/Freezer, Toaster/Kettle, Microwave/Oven. Parking available, No smoking or pets permitted. We haven’t stayed there before but it sounds nice. Phone:+61 429 801 055.
$155 per night for single/couple (1 room) $15 per extra person per night. Email: karrimahfarm@bigpond.com. Website: https://ameli-cottage-kulin-wa.business.site/ (This is already booked out by DRB members.)

Donations: We ask people for a donation towards the cost of running the excursion – see above.

Let us know you’re going – this is essential – we have to confirm numbers with Camp Kulin in advance of our arrival.

DRB Phone for enquiries is 0436-448-647 or DRB@wanaturalists.org.au

Walks: Walks will be suitable for people with limited physical ability AND for those who want physical exertion.

Meals: Cook your own – a huge kitchen and BBQ are on site at Camp Kulin. Alternatively, go to local cafes or restaurants – the Woolshed Café or Kulin Hotel all in Johnston Street. The Hotel is open for counter lunches and evening meals 08 9880 1201 .
Or shop at Kulin IGA: open 8am-11.30am Saturday, 8-9am Sunday, closed Monday holiday. There are great fish and chips we discovered last time, for those of us too lazy to cook.

Local naturalists:
Robin Campbell – dedicated to discovering the amazing flora and fauna in this area of the Wheatbelt and showing them to local and visiting people as a volunteer. She became a member of the DRB Nats after our last visit. We also hope we may be joined by Matthew Schmook and other naturalists from the area.

Extra practical details:
Phone coverage: Telstra is said to have complete coverage.
Fuel: May be available 24/7 on credit cards – near railway line in Corrigin, and Main street in Kulin.
Pharmacy: bring all medications, no weekend pharmacy.
Cameras: Bring all batteries and camera cards.

Camera and laptop and cables: If you want to show your photos in the evening to everyone please bring a way of sorting them, so we don’t have to plug your phone in and see 28 versions of the same bird! If you can bring your laptop and connecting cables so you can download and sort the photos first and then put a small selection (maximum of 7) on a thumb drive, that would save a great deal of time, thanks.

Please do join us – it will be a great weekend with plenty of natural history.

RSVP, thank you.

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Start:
17 October, 2:00 pm
End:
20 October, 12:30 pm
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Camp Kulin
90 Johnston St,
Kulin, WA 6365 Australia