We are afraid the new Covid-19 measures mean we are postponing the much-awaited Bush Tales book launch at Wildlife Wonders. Please don’t be sad – we still have a wonderful day ahead of us when we hold the launch in the springtime.

For now, make sure to go outside and create some Bush Memories for yourself. And remember, you can order Bush Tales online, so you can read it now, and then bring it to the launch for signing.

Take care, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Discover what’s special about the animals who live in the Otways forest!

Kids of all ages are invited to join us at Wildlife Wonders for art classes, storytelling and games as we launch “Bush Tales” this World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June.

Bush Tales is a delightful children’s book by local author Ali Corke and artist Mark Trinham. It tells the story of two young tiger quolls, Dottie and Quentin, who set out discover ‘something special’ about every animal in their forest along the Great Ocean Road – including the Sugar Glider, Potoroo, Koala, Kangaroo, Otways Black Snail and more.

The event will start at 9.30am with a short launch, followed by a series of 30 minute “Joey” art and storytelling classes for the kids as well as an outdoor activity. Plus, your chance to buy a copy of the book signed by the authors.

Walk with Wildlife tours will also leave on the hour, and our café and gift shop will be open.

We hope you can join the adventure.

Colour in this page and bring it with you. We would love to exhibit it.

More about Bush Tales

Meet Dottie and Quentin – two young tiger quolls set a difficult task – to discover ‘something special’ about every animal in their forest in the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria.

Join them on their quest, and learn the many secrets of the Australian bush. In this exuberant and joyful book, acclaimed artist Mark Trinham brings to life the exquisite animals. Meet Sugar Glider, Potoroo, Koala, Kangaroo, Otways Black Snail and friends, and enjoy the narrative created by author Ali Corke that introduces each animal, sharing their unique abilities and attributes.

Underwritten by ecologists from the Conservation Ecology Centre, the information is engagingly presented, and readers will learn much about the animals as they travel through the forest with Dottie and Quentin.

Without giving too much away, there is a twist in the tale – Dottie feels sure someone or something is watching them … who or what could it be? The young tiger quolls come to learn that while we live in a world full of mystery and magic, we must look after it, because like all precious things, it is fragile and easily broken. Much more than a reference book, this beautifully illustrated story is something special for our times.

About the authors

Illustrator Mark Trinham is a professional artist, working predominantly in public art and sculpture, graphic design, illustration and music. He lives in the Victorian coastal town of Jan Juc and aims to bring a focus to the natural environment and community, celebrating the spirit of the land through a wide variety of mediums and a longstanding involvement with arts and environmental organisations.

Mark’s designs and public artworks can be seen throughout Australia, with clients including community, first nation and environment groups, shire councils, schools, landscape architects and land developers. He has participated in schools’ ‘Artist in Residence’ programs, created ‘Blue Earth’; environmental clothing, interpretative signage and illustrated the Landcare Wildlife Collector Card project. ‘Bush Tales’ is Mark’s first foray into book illustration, and he has used his experiences and skills to bring to life the marvellous animals that inhabit the Otways Ranges of south west Victoria.

Author Ali Corke lives in Apollo Bay, on the fringes of the Great Otway National Park. Originally from the UK, where she was a great lover of nature, Ali was captivated by the Australian wildlife she met in the Otways. A writer for most of her life, Ali also assisted in school libraries and story-telling workshops where she observed how children love to read and to create their own stories about the natural world. ‘Bush Tales’ started from challenging children to discover information about all the animals in the Otways forests, to see which are the most important. In ‘Bush Tales’ we find that every animal is precious and needs our care and protection – and that the bush is full of magic.