Community Groups

To ensure you have current information about active groups working in Bendigo, please check with the NCCMA or the City of Greater Bendigo first.

  • NCCMA Visit or phone 5448 7124 for information about active Landcare, Waterwatch, biodiversity, farming groups and more.

  • City of Greater Bendigo: Visit or phone 5434 6000 for information about groups working in reserves and parks in town and for community environment events.

  • Bendigo and District Environment Council is a group that advocates for the conservation of Bendigo’s natural environment - PO Box 557 Bendigo 3552. 

  • Bendigo Family Nature Club hosts monthly excursions around Bendigo for children and responsible adults –

  • Bendigo Field Naturalists Club encourages the study, conservation and enjoyment of nature and meets monthly. 
    For more information visit

  • Bendigo Native Plant Group encourages the growing of Australian native plants in gardens and public places, email

  • Bendigo Sustainability Group brings together people with a shared interest in sustainable living through to nature conservation –

  • Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance is working to improve natural connectivity across central Victoria –

  • Friends of the Box-Ironbark are interested in conservation outcomes for areas of Box-Ironbark forest in Central Victoria. Visit

  • Victorian National Parks Association is the key voice for nature conservation in Victoria –


  • The City of Greater Bendigo website has an array of resources and advice on issues covered in this book. Search for the Sustainable Living Guide that links to community groups and online publications. You can also phone 5434 6000 or visit
  • Coliban Water has great water saving tips –, phone 1300 363 200. 
    Conservation Volunteers manages volunteers and others in environmental projects. Phone 5444 0777 or visit

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are responsible for public land management, wildlife, fire, water and much more. Phone 5430 4444 or visit,

  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation is the Traditional Owner Entity for Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Registered Aboriginal Party for Dja Dja Country. Phone 5444 2888 or visit

  • North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) manages sustainable farming, environmental flows, biodiversity, Landcare programs and much more. Visit or phone 5448 7124.
    Trust for Nature works with private land owners to place Conservation Covenants on titles to protect native plants and wildlife on their property. Find out more by visiting


  • Cat parks keep your pet entertained and safe. Our wildlife will love you for it! Phone 1800 639 998 or visit
  • City of Greater Bendigo’s parking and animal services unit is where to report lost and injured pets. Phone 5434 6000. 

  • The RSPCA has information on how to be a responsible pet owner and on the world of animal welfare for students and teachers. Visit or phone the Bendigo office on 5441 2209

Recreation Groups

  • Bendigo Tourism: The Bendigo Bushwalking and Outdoor Club offers activities for anyone who is interested in the great outdoors –
  • Bendigo Orienteers promote the sport of cross-country navigation using a map and compass in Bendigo bushland. Find them online at

  • Cross country running is hosted by five athletics clubs in Bendigo during cooler months –

  • Bendigo Mountain Bike Club hosts rides within Bendigo and Central Victoria. They work closely with park authorities in promoting sustainable tracks. Visit

Self-guided Adventures

  • Bendigo Tourism has a range of cycling and walking tour maps of Bendigo and surrounding bushland. Visit The information centre is at 51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo or phone 5434 6060. 
  • Goldfields Track is a 210km track from south of Ballarat to Bendigo. Visit to find out where to purchase books and maps.

  • O’Keefe Rail Trail is open from Bendigo to Heathcote with plans to extend to Kilmore. Visit the Friends group at

  • Parks Victoria has maps and information about the state and national parks surrounding Bendigo. Phone 13 1963 or visit

Wildlife & Habitat

  • Backyard Buddies and Birds in Backyards are great resources for children and parents to find out who is visiting your backyard – and
  • Knox City Council’s Gardens for Wildlife program provides great information for those wanting to create their own Gardens for Wildlife, visit

  • Land for Wildlife offers support and recognition for landholders wanting to develop or protect wildlife habitat and is a great source of information. For details visit

  • World of animal welfare provides a good guide for wildlife friendly gardening at

  • Wildlife Rescue & Information Network is your contact if you find injured or orphaned wildlife. Go to for details.

Living next to nature

Like what you see on this website? You can also download the booklet Living Next to Nature: Being a Good Neighbour to Bendigo's Bushland.