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Waterways Festival

Sun 25 Aug 2019
Get up close and personal to turtles and crayfish and see how these fantastic critters eat, breed and interact at Council’s Waterways Festival at Wentworth Falls Lake, on Sunday 25 August.

Blue Mountains City Council is holding the free, family friendly day to highlight some of the fantastic species that inhabit our waterways.

Activities include workshops with two of Australia’s leading experts, Dr Ian Baird (Giant Dragonfly workshop) and Dr Rob McCormack (Crayfish workshop). Discover all about the Giant Dragonfly, a survivor from the Jurassic Period, learn all about the mysterious ways of local crayfish, plus create your own weaving work of art using natural materials from around the lake.

Other activities include:

Turtles workshop with senior students from Western Sydney University
PlantQuest walk with Nathan Summers from Blue Mountains Bushcare
Swamp Safari with freshwater ecologist, Nakia Belmer
SQIDS with Ed Bayliss Hack, Blue Mountains Bushcare
Stalls by Kindle Hill & Blue Mountains Grammar Schools
Weaving workshop
Eco Gardening workshop
Waterbug display
Quiz and prizes

You can also find out about the incredible plant life around the lake and the wildlife it supports, including swamp wallabies, honeyeaters and even microscopic stygofauna.

If all this makes you hungry, you can enjoy a Rotary BBQ (with vegetarian options) plus on-site coffee cart, while enjoying a performance choreographed by the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers.

To find out more about the health of Wentworth Falls Lake and other local waterways, plus information about Council’s water monitoring program.

Numbers for some of the walks and talks are limited, so bookings are recommended.
Wentworth Falls Lake
Session bookings via website link on

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