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Hannah and some rockpool ramblers

Hannah and some rockpool ramblers

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Summer Fun in Seaside Holiday Program

Tuesday 11 February, 2014

A role-play re-enactment of the horrific Loch Ard shipwreck was just one of the Shipwreck Tales activities for the Summer by the Sea program run for holiday makers along the Victorian coastline.

At Loch Ard Gorge in Port Campbell, one of the two survivors from the 1878 shipwreck, Miss Eva Carmichael, had her miraculous survival re-enacted. “There were falling rocks and then a huge wave swept me into the sea. I thought I was going to die of intense cold and I couldn’t swim either. I grabbed onto a spar and drifted into Loch Ard Gorge. I saw Tom and screamed to him for help,” she said.

The Summer by the Sea is a combined program ran by Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Coastcare, and runs across Victoria in most national parks.  It’s been in full swing throughout January with a range of activities running from Princetown to Nirranda.

Parks Victoria’s Marine Summer Ranger Hannah Moloney has been busy running activities ranging from Rockpool Rambles, Shipwreck Tales and market stalls, to beach walks and Junior Ranger craft.

“It’s been a very successful summer program involving both locals and holiday makers. I’ve been lucky enough to share my enthusiasm and passion for our marine environment with hundreds of participants,” says Hannah.

“The Junior Ranger classes are my favourite. They give me the chance to get some excitement happening and encourage the passion and interest that many young kids have for the environment.”

The Rockpool Rambles are also a must-see activity according to Hannah. “They are like a first-hand discovery tour of the marine life that lies just below the water surface. The intertidal zone provides an intriguing sneak peek into the world of the ocean. There’s always excitement buzzing at these events not only from the children, but from the adults too!”

Although Summer by the Sea has come to a close for this summer, its great success this season should see it running again next summer. Parks Victoria has activities that run all year round in many of its parks. 

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