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Open Nature: A Walk Through Time At St Kilda West Beach With The EcoCentre

On a beach that emerged from the bay within our lifetime, join the Port Phillip EcoCentre Baykeeper and educators to explore the cultural and natural history of urban coastlines, pioneer plants, urban biodiversity and community-government collaborations.

How do healthy coasts contribute to healthy climates, and the ever-changing balance between land and water, built and wild spaces, past, present and future?

The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed environment group located in the corner of St Kilda Botanical Gardens. For over 20 years it has provided a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote environmental sustainability and community action. The EcoCentre delivers a range of community programs throughout the year.

Notes to participants:

This walk includes crossing sand surfaces and open air exposure. Please contact the event organiser directly for accessibility information. The Port Phillip EcoCentre has a COVID-Safe policy that is implemented when running outdoor events.


Neil Blake OAM

Neil Blake OAM is the Port Phillip Baykeeper, co-author of Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt, former St Kilda Council Park Ranger and co-designer of the St Kilda West Beach Natural History Project.

Ben Francischelli

Ben Francischelli is a Marine Paleontologist and Science Communicator who specialises in the evolution of life in Port Phillip Bay.

Presented by City of Port Phillip, the Port Phillip EcoCentre, and Open House Melbourne.


$10, Booking Required


Wed 23 Mar—3:30 pm – 5:00 pm



Commencing at corner of Beaconsfield Parade and Pier Road, St Kilda West, VIC 3182

Pier Road, Pier Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week

Image Courtesy Port Phillip City Collection

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Acknowledgement of Country

Wherever and whenever we walk, we acknowledge and pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the land.