Paws in the Park


For all your dog lovers, Paws in the Park is coming soon!

This year, the event is on Sunday 24th August from 8.45am to 1pm at the Bicentennial Equestrian Park, Cawdor Road Camden.

Many activities are planned for this year, including a flyball competition, Jack Russell racing, dog agility course and Australian working dog rescue to name but a few.

Fancy dressed, best dressed, best trick and cutest puppy competitions will also be on at the event.

Former NRL players Beau Ryan and Mario Fenech will also be there to judge the best dog in NRL colours.

a great feature of the evernt will be that dog registrations and discounted microchipping services will be provided on the day.

The cost of the event is free, but a donation to the charity would be appreciated by the organisers.

All funds raised on the day will be donated to Young Diggers, a not-for-profit organisation who train dogs to provide companionship and support to returned veterans who may be struggling to adjust back into life beyond combat.

For more info , please visit the Camden council website.



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    Rocky Trail Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix



    The popular Mount Annan leg of the Rocky Trail Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix is on Saturday 9th August 2014.

    As usual, there will be the 4 hour ‘FAST’ and the ‘FURIOUS’ 7 hour racing option.

    FAST GP – the popular 4 Hour endurance race if you only have time for or want to spend half the day on your bike.
    FURIOUS GP – 7 Hour race duration for all the endurance enthusiasts out there.

    There are plenty of categories for everyone to fit into, and include Master (40+ years) and Supermaster (50+ years). A detailed list of all the categories is here.

    For full detailed information, please check the Rocky Trail Entertainment website

    For info on the layout of the Mountain Bike Track, please check the RGBSYD website.

    A map for the track layout can be found here.

    Note: the track will be closed for regular riders, so it’s a good opportunity to spectate this great day of cycling.

    Below is a map of the Botanical Gardens. Note: if you haven’t been there for a while, the entrance is now via Narellan Road.




    Image used with permission. (c) 2014.

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      Kids With Big Ideas Day

      At the Botanical Gardens, Mount Annan. Details below, and map of the gardens at the bottom of the post.

      * The Big Ideas Garden is right near the entrance to the mountain bike track.


      Learn how to make your home and garden more sustainable. Tours and Talks during this great day for the kids!




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        Budding Photographer Competition

        The 2014 Budding Photographer Competition is on again now at the Botanical Gardens.

        There is so much to take photos of in the gardens so it shouldn’t be too hard finding a category to enter into  – whether it be People in Gardens, Plants and Animals, Landscapes, Up Close and Personal (Macro) categories, as well as categories for Primary School and High School aged students.

        A $10 fee per image applies for general entry, with photos entered in the children’s categories are only $5 per entry.

        Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens members receive a 10% discount on all entries. All photographs entered into the competition must have be taken at the Garden.

        The entry form can be downloaded from here.

        Important info:

        The competition closes on the 27h July

        Voting or the People’s choice award begins in August

        An exhibition of the entries will be held in September in the visitor’s centre

        For further info contact the Visitor Centre on 4634 7935, or visit their website.

        Here’s a pic taken a few weeks again at the body of water nearest the Narellan Road entry.


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          Photography Workshop at the Australian Plantbank

          Do you have an interest in photography but are only a beginner and need some guidance? Or do you just need a refresher on your skills? Great news for all you aspiring photographers out there.

          The Australian Botanical Gardens at Mount Annan are holding a beginner’s workshop this Sunday 22nd June at the Australian Plantbank. The great location at the gardens present many opportunities for great pictures, and the workshop is a timely exercise before the annual budding photographer competition in the coming months. The quality of photos is always high and very creative.

          Below are a couple of photos taken at the botanical gardens.

          Entry for the photography workshop is #36 for a member and $40 for a non-member.

          Checkout their Facebook page for more info. Bookings can be made here.




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