A JOURNEY ACROSS OCEANIA
1 Year, 3 Oceans, 8 Nations and over 30,000km
World Ranger Day (31 July) 2022 to World Ranger Day 2023
START - July 31 2022
@ The Royal National Park, Sydney
Leg 1 - Sydney > Melb...the long way
AUG 1 Lord Howe Island
AUG 8 QLD Ranger Assoc. Annual Muster
AUG 13 Central & northern NSW
AUG 20 South East Queensland to Mackay
AUG 27 Mackay to Cairns + Great Barrier Reef
SEP 8 Cairns to Darwin + Cape York
OCT 4 Darwin to Broome + The Kimberley
OCT 14 Oceania Ranger Forum - Rotorua NZ
OCT 24 Broom to Perth
NOV 12 Perth to Esperance
NOV 24 Esperance to Adelaide
DEC 13 Greater Adelaide + Kangaroo Island
DEC 11 South Coast - Fleurieu to Robe
JAN 1 Western Vic, Melbourne & Phillip Island
JAN 26 Tasmania + Flinders Island
Leg 2 - New Zealand + Norfolk Island
FEB 20 Norfolk Island
FEB 26 NZ North Island
APR 1 NZ South Island
Leg 3 - Melanesia & Polynesia
MAY 9 Tonga
MAY 21 Samoa
MAY 29 Fiji
JUNE 7 Solomon Islands
JUNE 18 Papua New Guinea
JUNE 26 Timor-Leste/East Timor
Leg 4 - Sydney - Wilsons Prom
JULY 3 NSW South Coast
JULY 15 ACT & Australian Alpine areas
JULY 24 Victorian east coast
FINISH - 31 July 2023
Wilsons Prom National Park
To be the catalyst that initiates meaningful change for Oceania Rangers, their communities and the natural and cultural heritage they protect
Record and share the stories of Oceania's Rangers
Travel through Oceania filming Rangers telling their stories in the field and share the journey through social media
Connect schools and students with Rangers and the places they protect
Provide lesson plans for teachers, hold virtual field trips with Rangers in their parks and do in person school talks during the journey
Walk the Thin Green Line for fallen Rangers
Hike 1km for every Ranger on the 2023 IRF Roll of Honour (~1500 km) to honour the lives, contributions and sacrifices of Rangers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Release a feature length documentary by World Ranger Day 31 July 2024
Produce and release a documentary to mark 20 years since Thin Green Line Foundation Founder Sean Willmore embarked on his own journey to make original the Thin Green Line Documentary that started it all
Raise funds for the Thin Green Line Foundation to support Ranger lead initiatives in Oceania
Raise money for the TGLF Oceania Fund that will finance Ranger lead initiatives in the Oceania region and support Indigenous and First Nations rangers to access development, exchange and networking opportunities
With our partners at the Thin Green Line Foundation, we hope to raise awareness for the critical role of rangers in conservation, culture and community. We aim to generate a shift in the way rangers and their work are perceived, shining a light on the benefits of rangers to the broader community and the importance of recognising and supporting rangers as essential frontline workers in conservation.
Funds raised will go to a special Oceania Fund within the Thin Green Line Foundation that will specifically support:
Ranger to Ranger projects within the region
sponsorship of First Nations and Indigenous Rangers and Ranger Associations
equipment to assist with marine and coastal protected area management and monitoring
Walking the Thin Green Line hopes to be the neuron, the connector, the catalyst that initiates meaningful change for Oceania Rangers, their communities and natural, cultural and historic heritage they protect.
We strive for a future in which Rangers are connected, motivated and empowered to work together across jurisdictions and support each other to achieve greater outcomes for the environment, community and rangers.
A passionate Ranger for over seven years, I have lived and worked across many parts of Australia. From south coast islands to the desserts of central Australia and now the sub-tropical rainforests of NSW. It’s been a pretty amazing career so far.
I’ve always strived to make a difference in the world and have an inconveniently strong curiosity. Good thing I'm not a cat really.
A certain Darryl Kerrigan would call me an 'ideas person', and I've always dreamt big. Walking the Thin Green Line big, to be precise.
Inspired by the remarkable rangers I've had the privilege of working with, and the legendary Sean Willmore, I'm embarking on my most audacious project yet.
Armed with a Ranger's ‘get on with it’ attitude, 6 months to learn film making (whilst doing planning and logistics), and working full time as a Ranger in the meantime…what can go wrong really.