On Saturday 20 August we joined a group who took up the offer of a walk in the bush at Narmbool. Narmbool will be known to some as a large property near Elaine that has an historic homestead. The beautiful homestead garden and buildings host weddings and other functions. The property was generously donated to Sovereign Hill by the Ferry family.
In recent years the “Lodge” has been constructed some distance away from the homestead and is also used for a variety of events but mainly for school groups interested in learning about the environment. It has a beautiful outlook with views across the paddocks and further towards Mt Buninyong. The property still serves its primary function as a working sheep property.
Hidden away is a bush camp that extends the experience of school children who visit the site as they sleep in canvas huts and experience life without electricity. Our guides for the day, who are employed by Sovereign Hill to run the eduction program, took us by bus to the beginning of the walk and we then made our way to the camp.
The walk covered about 3km to the camp where we had a cup of tea and were shown the sugar gliders that inhabit a special designed nest box under the outdoor kitchen sink. Next it was onto the biggest eagle nest I have ever seen. It is no longer currently used but the eagles are still in the area because we saw one as we made the return trip back to the bus.
There is another walk planned for 8 October at 9am and we highly recommend the walk especially for children. On the walk there are a variety of native plants and birds to see, scats and animal footprints to identify, and the guides are well versed in the natural history of the area.