When ANGAIR held its first ‘nature show’ in 1970, no one suspected that the event would become widely known, financially successful and still staged annually almost 50 years later.

It proved popular from the very first, with 1275 adults paying admission of 20 cents each.

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Over the years, the main aim of the ANGAIR Wildflower Weekend and Art Show has changed from raising money to raising community awareness of the local environment and its flora and fauna. More activities are included, such as free guided walks to see plants in their local habitat, bus tours and longer nature rambles. Children’s activities have been developed to attract future generations of environmental carers and they include displays of mounted animals and birds as well as periodic live displays of reptiles and frogs.

The highlight of the ANGAIR Show for many is undoubtedly the comprehensive, labelled display of local wildflowers, plants and terrestrial orchids.

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A secondary room contains beautiful displays of native Australian flowers from further afield, much photographed by visitors admiring the vibrant colours and forms. The chance to buy locally sourced and propagated indigenous plants is also a drawcard.

Educational displays of local environmental weeds surprise many visitors when they see their favourite garden plants represented there! Other environmental groups have been strong supporters of the show and participate regularly with their own stalls, including Australasian Native Orchid Society (Geelong), Friends of Eastern Otways, Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Birdlife Australia, Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Parks Victoria, DELWP, Surf Coast Energy Group, WaterWatch and EstuaryWatch.

An Art Exhibition has been run in conjunction with the show from 1970 and has continued to attract support from artists, and major sponsors. From 1987 onwards, prizes have been offered in various categories. Most exhibits are for sale.

Set aside the weekend of September 22 – 23 this month to come to Anglesea!

Events Calendar

Jul
10

Fri 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Jul
11

Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm

Jul
13

Mon 9:00am - 10:30am

Jul
14

Tue 9:30am - 11:00am

Ten ways to get involved

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There are lots of different ways that you can get involved in protecting habitats, conserving biodiversity and enhancing the natural beauty of the area around Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. Learn more

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ANGAIR membership gives you access to a range of great activities and benefits. Learn more about all these benefits as well as how to sign up and renew.

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Get to know your local Friends groups

There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.

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