Discover the Lower Glenelg National Park
Nelson, Victoria

Nelson, Victoria
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7 McPhee Street, Hamilton, VIC, 3300
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Discover the Lower Glenelg National Park

Have you ever wanted to volunteer but don’t want to spend endless hours planting trees or removing massive amounts of weeds?

 Your Project:

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get involved in this weed removal project with a difference. Each day you’ll head out into a section of the Lower Glenelg National Park, where you will be tracking and marking the invasive species, Pinus radiata (pine wildlings). After marking the point on a GPS unit, you will then remove the plant.

Pinus radiata is an invasive species which, if left unchecked, not only can outcompete with our native eucalypt species, but also kill under storey plants as they drop their pine needles changing the pH and acidity of the soil, so only the pines can survive.

Fitness Level:

Can you walk around the block at home? If you answered yes to this, then you are ready to go! Each day you'll be walking slowly through the bush spotting pine wildlings. There will be limited amounts of hard labour and no bending/kneeling making this an ideal project for anyone interested in the great outdoors.

What will you require?

You will need no previous experience for this project as all training will be given to you by our trained Team Leader.

We do ask that you provide long sleeve pants and shirts, wet weather clothing, sun hat and sturdy footwear (no open topped shoes such as sandals or thongs). It is also wise to bring your own backpack and water bottle for this venture as we will be out in the bush for extended periods.

If you wish to stay with us you will be required to bring your own bedding.

The Park and Native Wildlife:

Lower Glenelg National Park offers some of Victoria's finest natural settings including the beautiful Glenelg River and estuary. Over 700 species of plants and many native animals can be found.

Native animals, though sometimes difficult to find, include Eastern Grey kangaroos, Rednecked wallabies, Brush-tail possums, koalas, wombats and echidnas. Some of the more common  birds include emus, herons  Azure Kingfisher, and the rare Rufous Bristle-bird.

Where will I be staying?

The team will be camping in the beautiful township of Nelson is situated on the pristine Glenelg River, some two kilometres from the mouth but with views of the ocean across the sand hills to the south either side of the river estuary.

Nelson was named by the surveyor of the township, Lindsay Clarke in 1851. It is believed that he chose the name to commemorate the “Lady Nelson”, the vessel that Lieut. Grant sailed in to explore the southern coastline of Victoria & South Australia about 50 years earlier.

Want to talk to one of our staff?

Please contact our Volunteer Engagement Officer Hannah Cooke on 03 5551 3331 or email

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Hamilton office on 03 5551 3331 or email