Field Tours

Various Field Tours will take place on Wednesday 18 April 2018.  The Field Tours will visit coastal areas of interest in and around great Hobart.

  • Cost: Inclusive for full registrations
  • Additional tickets – $75

Field Tour 1 – Geomorphology excursion: Pittwater – South Arm

Leaders: Chris Sharples & Paul Donaldson

The geomorphology excursion will visit a variety of Holocene and Pleistocene coastal landforms near Hobart, and will introduce participants to recent research findings regarding the origins and development of several of these, including the Seven Mile Beach barrier system and the (now somewhat controversial) high-level Pleistocene marine deposits at Mary Ann Bay.  Several eroding shorelines will be examined and the differing causes of erosion at several of these sites – which range from long – term landform adjustments to likely recent responses to sea-level rise – will be discussed in the light of recent studies including the acquisition air photo time series for these since the 1940’s.

Most excursion sites involve only short walks from bus stopping locations, however the Mary Ann Bay site requires walking approximately 1 kilometre (15 mins) each way over easy terrain.

Field Tour 2 – Saltmarsh, wetlands and shorebirds

The Field Tour will head to Orielton Lagoon, approximately 20km east of Hobart to visit a Ramsar-listed wetland used by resident and migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. BirdLife Tasmania representative(s) will be present with telescopes and field guides to assist with the identification of birds seen. Vishnu Prahalad from the University of Tasmania will also be present to undertake a guided walk for visitors to see saltmarsh vegetation, including Threatened Species. BirdLife Tasmania representatives and Vishnu will discuss local management of the wetlands with visitors. Following the walks at Orielton Lagoon, the Field Tour will visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately 20km north of Hobart to see Tasmania’s first wildlife clinic and a range of local wildlife species. Expected time at both Orielton Lagoon and Bonorong is 1.5 to 2h.

Lunch will be provided on the tour. Delegates are asked to bring long pants, comfortable footwear for walking in saltmarsh areas, a hat, sunglasses and a warm/waterproof jacket. If delegates have binoculars and cameras, it is worth bringing them along.

Field Tour 3 – Coastal Hazard Management and Climate Adaption

Leaders: Jon Doole, Katrina Graham & Phil Watson

This field excursion is specifically designed to compliment the in depth focus in Coast to Coast 2018 on coastal hazard management and  coastal climate adaptation. The excursion will visit key case study sites on the coastlines of Kingborough Council, the City of Hobart and the City of Clarence.  In recent times these three municipalities have put a significant focus on the management of their coastlines.  The tour will look at issues and solutions, successes and failures, ongoing challenges, and learnings in these three leading climate adaptation Local Councils.

Led by representatives from the three Councils and other specialists in this area this tour will illustrate the real world coastal hazard and adaptation issues faced by Local Governments around Australia.



Field Tour 4 – CSIRO National Collections & Marine Infrastructure and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Fisheries and Aquaculture Research facility

CSIRO is the custodian of a number of collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge and underpin a significant part of the country’s taxonomic, genetic, agricultural and ecological research.

The Australian National Fish Collection (ANFC) is a resource for many fields of science, providing a record of diversity prior to, and during recent large-scale human impacts, such as fishing and climate change.

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection contains living cultures of marine and freshwater species from most microalgal classes sourced from tropical Australia to Antarctica.

The CSIRO visit will also touch on the Marine National Facility, the RV Investigator and coast research, and STEM education and training

IMAS is a national and international leader in fisheries and aquaculture research. IMAS, in partnership with Huon Aquaculture, Skretting and the Tasmanian and Australian governments, has established the Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF). The EAF is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The tour will include a presentations and short tours of the CSIRO fish and algal collections and the IMAS Taroona site.

Number of participants limited to ten people.


Field Tour 5 – Derwent Estuary Roadtrip

Leaders: Christine Coughanowr

This half-day field tour will focus on urban, industrial and artistic endeavours with guided visits to several recently constructed projects that collect and treat urban run-off, and a groundwater remediation project at the Nyrstar zinc works. We will also explore the history of heavy metal contamination in the Derwent estuary, concluding with a visit to several of MONA’s ‘Heavy Metal’ exhibits, that combine art and science.

The field trip will be coordinated by the Derwent Estuary Program, with input from relevant experts.

The number of participants is limited to twenty people.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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