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Wee Jasper is on show 17-19 August

By howaka - 13 August 2012 0

Have you ever wanted to go caving? Learn about fossils? Chat with an astronomer or see the night sky through a giant telescope? Do you wish you knew more about Indigenous culture and crafts?

The tiny village of Wee Jasper is the place to be from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August 2012 for Wee Jasper Naturally, where you can start to tick some things off your bucket list. Wee Jasper is just over one hour from Canberra.

A number of Wee Jasper businesses and volunteers have put together a great program of events that will keep you entertained and educated at the same time. Wee Jasper Naturally is for the whole family.

The Wagga Wagga Mobile Observatory will be there with their giant telescope and professional astronomers to guide you through Wee Jasper’s incredible night sky.

The NSW National Parks Indigenous Discovery Rangers are running a great cultural session for the whole family that includes bush tucker and bush crafts. You can create your own ochre paint, paint your boomerang and learn to throw it so it does come back.

Nature has a lot to offer at Wee Jasper both above and below ground and the Wee Jasper Naturally weekend also offers a chance to go caving – suitable for beginners, this is a rare opportunity to get down and dirty with some experts, the Canberra Speleological Society.

Ian Cathles will lead fossil tours across the 400 million year old sea bed and entertaining professional cave guide Geoff Kell can take you through the beautifully lit Careys Cave – a stunning limestone cave system.

Renowned scientist, Dr Charlie Barton will be leading a ‘Karst’ walk- ‘Karst’ is the term used to refer to a limestone landscape – in the beautiful Wee Jasper hills – the foothills of the Brindabella Ranges.

Author Jennifer Barton will take you on stroll through history as you walk around the Wee Jasper village’s points of interest and learn why the valley was settled, who settled it and some fascinating historical tales.

Steve Howarth, Manager of the Wee Jasper Reserves, says “Wee Jasper Naturally is great fun, we hope visitors will stay for the whole weekend and join us on Saturday night for some great food from Mountain Trails Adventure School, a communal bonfire and some music at Billy Grace Reserve.”

“We’re right on Canberra’s doorstep, not far from the Illawarra and at the entrance to the Riverina, so there’s no excuse to not stop by,” he said.

The full program is available at www.visitweejasper.com.au\WJN2012.php along with accommodation options from camping to luxury accommodation.  Some events require bookings so don’t miss out.

For further information contact Wee Jasper Reserves on 02 62279626 or email enquiries@visitweejasper.com.au.

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