Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc was founded by Emmanuelle Dubuc in 2015. Emmanuelle holds a degree in Environmental Education and is enthusiastic about helping people experience our great environment.
Mirawara’s aim is to get people outdoors, particularly young people in this age of sedentary and screen-based pastimes. Getting them grounded with the clear and simple tasks of the outdoors (make a shelter, eat and drink, get to the top, navigate to somewhere) is a great antidote to our complex lives. Learning about environment and cultural aspects of our region is a great way to connect to our country and community.
Mirawara began informally by taking friends families rock climbing on Mt Alexander and Mt Macedon — climbing and spending time in these beautiful landscapes. From those great experiences we decided to set-up formally so we could help more people get to the simple enjoyment of the outdoors. Mirawara participated in the Community Foundation of Central Victoria’s Big Give crowd funding campaign in 2016. With the support of many donors and sponsors we have seed funding to help with insurance, Parks Victoria Tour Operator license and an initial stock of climbing equipment. Once established we will expand to include camping, canoeing and walking trips, exploring and learning about the great environment of and cultures of our region.
Mirawara is a non-profit social enterprise based in Castlemaine. The name Mirawara comes from the scientific name of the biggest mayfly in Australia, an amazing insect and among the most ancient on Earth. You can see them flying over the top of the water at the Golden Point Reservoir during summer evenings — truly beautiful!
Use the contact form below enquire about Mirawara, services we can supply to your group or school, and our upcoming events. Trips will be listed here and on Our Facebook page. Also check out our Instagram page for images from past events and trips.
Emmanuelle Dubuc: Emmanuelle is originally from Canada and is very passionate about Indigenous Knowledge System and culture from back home. Her ancestry comes from “Les coureurs des bois” which were the first French to arrive in North America and lived in harmony with “Amerindians”, native people of Canada for 150 years. This history has strongly influenced the way she sees the world. She graduated from Latrobe University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Education and has twenty years of outdoor education experience with her speciality in rock-climbing: multi pitch, top roping, abseiling and rope access work. She holds First Aid level two and Level one rigging certificate and is currently undertaking formal climbing guide qualification with the ACIA. She was also a participant of Lurujarri trail (Western Australia) in 2012 and 2013 and has been a passionate advocate of Indigenous Land rights ever since.
Kia Smith: Kia has a degree in outdoor Education Latrobe University graduating 2014, with a major in Nature Tourism. Kia is an experienced trip leader in hiking, camping and canoeing, and holds Wilderness First Aid qualification. Kia paddled the Murray in four months in 2015, and holds Australian Canoeing Guide certification. Kia now works for Parks Victoria as a ranger.
Tim Preston: Tim has been a climber since 1990’s and is now designing and producing climbing equipment at Climb Design. Tim recently attempted a multi-day 300 m aid climb at Mt Buffalo but only made it half way. An experienced teacher, Tim loves to share his knowledge of climbing and equipment. He is in the process of formal climbing guide qualification with the ACIA. Tim brings his experience in small business and web / social media to Mirawara as well as guiding on climbing trips.
Rebecca Phillips: Rebecca is a Djaara storyteller and a passionate advocate for Caring for Country and keeping culture alive. Rebecca volunteers on Djalli Bunjil (Language Knowledge) revival group and the Kapa Gatjin (Knowing Water) Advisory Group. She has ten years work experience in Parks Victoria as a Park Ranger, General Fire Fighter, Indigenous Education and Interpretation, TEK and Cultural Heritage Values. Rebecca has a Degree in Nature Tourism and a Certificate 4 in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management. She has lead cultural tours and awareness activities, women’s/youth cultural camps, cultural song and dance workshops and works as a Cultural Advisor for Mirawara. She also has experience working with Victorian Traditional Owners in many aspects of Cultural awareness and preservation.
Management committee: Jacqui Knee, Mike Freeman, Tim Read, Fiona Lewis, Fiona Machin, Andy Nieukerke and Nathaniel Perry.