Grand Permaculture Tour

This Grand 5 Day Tour is a great opportunity to see mature permaculture food forests and glean wisdom from the elders who built pioneering permaculture technologies, demonstrations of keyline water management, rocket-stoves, solar passive and retrofitted homes, solar systems, integrated worm-farms, wicking beds, social permaculture projects, layered plantings, rare fruits, micro-climates, companion planting, indigenous foods, community gardens, unusual herbs and more. Best of all, you can glean some wisdom from busy Permaculture leaders.
Sunday 22nd April  End Friday 27th April

Get Packing

We shall tour through Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Kiama, Wollongong then return. We will start and finish at Canberra Railway station. Alternatively you can catch the train on to Sydney airport or central station.

Permaculture Leaders Will Host You

Your hosts April Sampson-Kelly and Paul Kelly have been researching and practicing permaculture for over 25 years and are locals to this beautiful area. Paul is an international Eco-engineer and April is an international permaculture teacher, designer, researcher and illustrator. Both are passionate about science and permaculture. Here is a link to their site which will be part of the tour.
We shall also enjoy traveling with Permaculture teachers and rare fruits experts Pete-The-Permie and Sylvia of Telopea Mountain Nursery


Contact April 0413539744 or email
5 Day pass includes: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Entry to gardens, national park, tree-top walk, Gifts to hosts, guidebook, guides.  Free transport is offered by April and Paul. Places are strictly limited in 22 people mini-vans (up to 22 persons). Booking is essential.


Our accommodation includes breakfast. We have accommodation places for up to 14 persons.  You are welcome to organise your own accommodation in nearby hotels or campsites (bring own camping equipment). If you wish to camp, and wish to travel with our free transport service you will need to book within walking distance to our base.
On Sunday 22nd and Mon 23rd we are staying in Bundanoon [there is a campsite at Gambells Rest], On Tues 24th we stay In Kangaroo Valley [Glenmark camping ground is close by]. On Wed 25th and Thurs 26th we stay in Kiama in cabins at the beautiful resort on the headland, camping sites are available right there. BUT this is a very popular holiday site you will need to book as soon possible. We will drive back to Canberra airport, Bus and Railway stations then Civic central on Friday evening. Arrive by 8pm.

Our Exciting Itinerary

Elders Permaculture Designer David Johnson and Herbs specialist Anne Johnson in Penrose
Peter LachNewinsky in Bundandoon – This is the second site that Peter and his family have developed implementing Permaculture. Peter is a poet and sees the orchard as conceptual art. It will be refreshing to wander through Peter’s abundant world.
Educator and Leader, Jill Cockram‘s mature permaculture property in Exeter
MOSS VALE Community gardens 
Permaculture Designer Peter Lach-Newinsky near Bundanoon
Companion Plants author Judith and Paul Collins at EarthKeepers in Buxton
Peter Brandis IncrEdible Films organiser, Permaculturalist and activist in Kangaroo Valley
David Lonegan broad acre permaculture designs in Upper Kangaroo Valley
Carolyn and Geoff of Doorstep Organics experienced in organic certification and CSI Farming, in Berry Mountain
Kiama community garden. See thriving Permaculture community garden designed for a steep slope
P.C.Y.C. Aaron Sorenson. Meet one of Wollongong’s oldest community gardens with a mission.
Balinese Spice Magic chef Julianna Mitry see and taste different spices and foods.
Warrawong GREEN CONNECT. Meet Callum Champagne and his transformative work with refugees growing food on difficult terrain.
Port Kembla laneway project. See what 20 years can throw at a laneway of food plants
Mt Kembla Permaculture Visions 26 year old Food Jungle. Home of April and Paul online permaculture educators in 67 countries.
Ecologist Jo Dodd Quarter Acre Farm in Mittagong
We are also going to have some recreation at the Bundanoon lookout, The Treetop Walk, Fitzroy Falls and Kiama Beaches and a most nights the responsible ones will be holding up a corner of a village pub or brewery. As the great Ted Trainer said, it isn’t work if you’re having fun.
For Hybrid Permaculture Design Course Participants each day can count toward your homework for one topic of your Permaculture Design Course. See here all the topics in a Permaculture Design Course. Day 1 will focus on Zone 2 and 3 Orchard Management (Cultivated Ecology, Trees, Soils) Day 2 will show animal systems, companion planting, water management, wildlife and pest control. Day 3 (Anzac Day) will address social permaculture issues (Village design, community recycling/economics) Day 4 will have a community focus (village design, community recycling) Day 5 will have urban social and physical strategies including native foods, sustainable building practices, solar power and building community (related topics would be energy, mariculture, village design, community recycling, supplies, buildings).