Field Trips

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST

As part of your full conference delegate registration, you will be able to select which Field Trip you will be participating in when registering.

Surf Coast Field Trip

This field trip along Victoria’s west coast will provide opportunities to visit and see, hear, learn, discuss, and meet with marine and coastal managers and volunteers on this much loved part of Australia’s coast. Travelling west on the Princes Highway we arrive on the pristine beaches of the Point Addis Marine National Park, home to the world famous surf breaks at Bells Beach and stretch our legs on the Koorie Coastal Walk.

Following morning tea we will head to the iconic surf township of Torquay. Further east we arrive at Thirteenth Beach and the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary for walk and to meet some of the locals from Barwon Heads over lunch before returning to Melbourne via Lake Connewarre, Geelong, and the western shoreline of Port Philip Bay.  

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Mornington Peninsula Field Trip

This field trip will spend the day on the Mornington Peninsula, including a short visit to see Melbourne’s iconic bathing boxes. Delegates will visit the Point Nepean National Park and the historic Quarantine Station, to see the challenges of managing natural and cultural values in a much-loved national park.

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Phillip Island Field Trip

This field trip will visit Summerlands Peninsula at Phillip Island, home to one of the world’s largest Little Penguin colonies. We will explore how the Phillip Island Nature Park has progressed habitat rehabilitation efforts through mechanisms such as the buyback of homes and land, and developed the Penguin Parade into one of Victoria’s top tourism experiences. This field trip will also include a look at other innovative projects in the region, such as erosion management in Western Port Bay.

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Williamstown & Yarra River Field Trip

This field trip will hit the water to explore a number of coast and maritime planning and development issues in and around Melbourne. The field trip will first visit historic Williamstown before delegates board a boat to head back to the CBD via Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River.

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Captured Coasts: Coastal Morphodynamics and Management on the Bellarine Peninsula Field Trip

This field trip will be guided by geomorphologist Neville Rosengren and geotechnical engineer Tony Miner, joined on-site by the day-to-day decision makers – the local coastal managers – who have formed a regional collaboration. Excursion sites display a range of landforms on the bayside and Bass Strait coasts of the Bellarine Peninsula near the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. This coast is experiencing rapid change and will provoke debate on the constraints and opportunities in allowing the coast to be a place of interest, utility and amenity for a range of stakeholders.

The excursion route crosses the lower floodplain and delta of the Yarra River, the lava plains fringing the west coast of Port Phillip Bay and traverses the uplifted block of the Bellarine Peninsula east of Geelong. Field sites include steep, active coastal slopes in sediments and weathered volcanics at Clifton Springs, the aeolian calcarenite complex of Point Flinders at Barwon Heads, lowland sandy terrain susceptible to inundation at Portarlington (Point Richards) and St Leonards, and a remarkable example of a prograding coast at Queenscliff. Discussion topics include monitoring and recording coastal change and potential and actual management responses.

A number of class breweries and wineries sadly will be bypassed.

Numbers are strictly limited for this field trip, please contact the conference organiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a place.

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