Up close and personal: Making friends with a turtle at last year’s event.

Swampfest is coming to Leura on 23 September

07 Sep 2018

Why do waterfalls flow even during drought? What’s the difference between a crayfish and a yabbie? What local plant still living today was a likely dinosaur snack 200 million years ago?
Find the answers to these, and many other questions at Swampfest, 10 am – 2 pm, Sunday 23 September at Peter Carroll Field, Clarence St, Leura.

Swampfest is the brainchild of students from local schools Katoomba Public, St Canices Primary and Katoomba High, who have been working with Blue Mountains City Council to find out all about local swamps and waterways. The students have been busy creating logos, artwork, displays and activities for the event.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said: “Swampfest is a free event for the whole family. Blue Mountains swamps are truly unique places, with some swamp species found nowhere else in the world. At Swampfest, you’ll have the chance to meet one of the world’s largest crayfish and learn more about our unique swamp environment.” 

Event-goers can enjoy an action-packed program, including a swamp safari, expert-led walks and talks, hands-on science activities and art-making. Learn about the rare Blue Mountains skink, help create a swamp mural, join in a bug hunt and enjoy cultural stories from Gundungurra Elder Aunty Sharyn Halls and Darug woman Leanne Tobin. Presenters include Rob McCormack, one of Australia’s leading crayfish experts.   

Last year’s event at Wentworth Falls Lake was a booked-out success, with people saying:

  • "Kids / parents / grandparents all had a great time..." 
  • "Loved the hands on stuff - very engaging..." 
  • "Great speakers and workshops..."

Event-goers can BYO picnic or enjoy refreshments from the Rotary sausage sizzle trailer and on-site coffee cart.
Book in for an activity, or just come along for a great day out. Bookings at www.leuraswampfest.eventbrite.com.au
Swampfest is supported by Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW Environment Trust.

Download the Swampfest flyer.

Contact details for the Corporate Communications & Marketing Program Leader:

Email: MediaUnit@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0414 195 533