Climb social event 25th March, Dog Rocks

Mirawara is launching our first CLIMB SOCIAL event on Sunday the 25th March at Dog Rocks, Leanganook (Mt Alexander). We had such a great time teaching our last enthusiastic outdoor adventurers at our introduction to rock-climbing sessions a few months back that we decided to organise a few free climbing days where our past students can practice the skills they learned with us and catch up with the people they met whilst doing the course. We will organise another 2 other similar events before Winter comes. Hope to see you out there! Send us an email if you are interested or ring Emmanuelle on 0437 172 786.

Another fun day out on the mountain!

We had a great day for our first session “introduction to rock-climbing” at Mt Alexander (Leanganook) last weekend. Tim Preston showed great expertise in his field, explaining all the gear required for a safe and fun top rope climbing session. We had participants from a range of ages with the whole family participating for the day and we did some great climbs! Well done everyone for a great day out on the mountain.

Cultural tour of Boort with Jida Gulpilil, extra trip!

The trips with Jida have been so popular that we added another trip on Saturday the 20th January. We have 2 places available if anyone would like to come. A trip not to be missed and a unique cultural experience for our region. You can book tickets online at Eventbrite with the link below. Transport provided meeting in front of the Castlemaine Information Centre at 8am on the day.

What a great year we had!!!

Mirawara wants to say a big thank you to all the people that supported our program in 2017. Our adventures towards a deeper and more nature-connected human experience will continue to grow in 2018. You can subscribe to our email list to get updates on our upcoming events. We have lots of creative ideas for this coming New Year and can’t wait to share them with you in the near future. Thanks again and hope to see you OUT there soon!

the Mirawara team

Introduction to rock climbing course January

Mirawara is launching its first  four week introductory rock climbing course: you will learn the basic knots and rope skills required to set up a top-rope anchors, how to belay, how to develop climbing skills, how to place ‘natural’ (trad) protection and practice basic self-rescue skills.

On our last Sunday, we will head out to Mt Macedon and climb some awesome volcanic rocks.

This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and into beautiful environments, make some new friends, challenge yourself to the extreme and simply have heaps of fun!

At the end of the course, there will be opportunity to join our monthly climbing club to keep practicing the skills you learn.

The course is three Sundays on Mount Alexander and one on Mt Macedon. It will be led by  experienced rock climbing instructors, Tim Preston and Emmanuelle Dubuc. Hope to see you out there!

More details and booking on our Facebook page:

Climbing at Mt Macedon

rock climbing central victoriaA cheeky diversion on a recce for two climbing trips, once we had sorted locations, safety and access we did the long rambling climb Oxbbow on the great rock of Camels Hump.

We were up there preparing for our trips with Sacred Heart College Kyneton and Mondo Lounge.

We had 18 young people from Sacred Heart split into a half a day top rope climbing and half a day environmental interp walk with abseil. It is an amazing environment up there ranging from wet forest to snow gums. Cold conditions up with the snow gums where tricky for the ones that turned up in their PE shorts!

Brett from Sacred Heart said:

After my recent dealings Mirawara I am fully satisfied with the flexibility, professionalism and great range of programs that are offered. The rock climbing excursion to Camels Hump in the Macedon Ranges was a great experience for my students which enabled them to see what outdoor opportunities are right on their own door step. I will be calling on the Mirawara crew again to provide experiences for the next generation of outdoor education/recreation students.

The second trip was with Mondo Lounge and was the final in The Nature Link, a program enabled by Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Community Grant. We’ve been climbing with this great crew on Mount Alexander before so took them to Camels Hump to sample some different rock at the very climbable Back Wall. Mt Alexander and Mt Macedon are both volcanic but completely different rock, though since learning to climb on granite the Mondo crew can handle anything! A perfect end to The Nature Link and a big thanks to the Mondo Lounge coordinators and Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Mountain biking with Jo Wall

We had the perfect weather for a great mountain bike skills workshop with Jo Wall yesterday. Some exciting new skills were learnt with great enthusiasm from our young crew and they challenged themselves on some great tracks near the Baco. A big thank you to Frank Forster from the Rocky Riders, who organised this great event and also a big thank you to the Bike Vault for providing free bike hire for us. Can’t wait for the next challenge!

Fire making with Claire Dunn

All the groups in the workshop where successful making fire by hand-drill, with the right gear and instruction it’s not as hard as you think.

A fantastic workshop with a glimpse into deep ecology and re-wilding. A huge thanks to Claire and her team for a day of beautifully presented inspiring ideas and new perspectives. We hope to work more with Claire in the future so subscribe to be kept up to date on upcoming events and workshops.

If you missed out come along to our tracking workshop with Michael Smith, developing awareness in the bush and being able to read what is going on around you.

Cultural tour of Boort with Jida Gulpilil

We had a wonderful day in Boort with Jida last weekend. We visited sacred burial sites, midden areas, saw many scarred trees and learnt so much about Indigenous culture. The cultural richness of Boort is incredible and Jida is doing an amazing job at sharing his knowledge of the area to whoever wants to listen.  There was so much to learn and see, that we decided to organise a canoe trip for 20 poeple during the summer holidays. Subscribe to our email list or send us an email  if you are interested. Many opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture will flourish in the future, including  regular working bees to Boort to help Jida with the multitude of amazing projects he has. Truly worth it!  Stay tuned in!