Discover eco-system at Melbourne’s doorstep. Become a citizen scientist and measure the health of our waterways. Finish with a peaceful boat ride through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
At under 200 years old, the City of Melbourne is a recent addition to the local ecosystem. Uncover the hidden wildlife at the doorstep of this bustling metropolis.Your tour will begin in Gordon Reserve, nestled between Parliament and the Old Treasury Building, it's difficult to spot the local wilderness that surrounds this urban landscape, but in just a few you'll be spotting local critters, birds and marsupials that call this area home. Your guide will tell you about the efforts the city is making to keep citizens engaged through programs like "Email a tree."Next, head to a local cafe and order a famous Melbourne coffee — served in a souvenir sustainable mug for you to take home. Learn how sustainable mugs are crucial in a city that holds more cafes per capita than anywhere else on earth.Afterward, you'll head to the river to assess the health of the waterways for yourself. Become a citizen scientist as you report back to local organisations on the water clarity and learn how the metropolis is affecting the wilderness.Finally, hop on board a human powered boat in the Royal Botanic Gardens and get up-close-and-personal with wildlife that live in repurposed plastic islands.