Mighty Amanda Walks the Thin Green Line in South Oz
Amanda Dudgeon setting up to take footage for her documentary at Mount Remarkable National Park
Amanda is on the journey of a lifetime spending one year travelling around 8 countries raising awareness about the profile of Rangers in the Oceania region while filming a documentary, raising funds to support regional Ranger initiatives for the Thin Green Line Foundation and as if that isn’t enough, she is also walking 1500km to honour each fallen Ranger who has lost their life while on duty. South Australian Rangers had the pleasure of hosting Amanda Dudgeon as she toured around the state visiting Rangers from West to East and North to South in November and December 2022.
A map of Amanda's epic journey Walking the Thin Green Line
Amanda began her South Aussie adventure after already having toured through NSW, QLD, NT and WA and she hit the ground running with the Eyre and Far West gang as they showed her around Venus Bay CP. Next stop was Mount Remarkable NP with the Yorke and Mid North crew and trip up to Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP to catch up with some of the Flinders and Outback crew. The Dhilba Gurranda-Innes NP Rangers gave Amanda a warm welcome before she came back to familiar faces and territory in her old stomping ground of the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges region, where she enjoyed getting out with Forestry SA Rangers at Kuitpo Forest and even fit in a few days hiking the Wild South Coast Way in Deep Creek NP. South Australia’s gem Kangaroo Island didn’t miss out on a visit as Amanda interviewed Rangers documenting stories about the 2019 bushfire disaster and how they are helping put the famous Flinders Chase NP back together.
Amanda catching up with the friendly Rangers in the Southern Flinders
The SARA gang threw Amanda a party with drinks and nibbles and enjoyed listening to her tales of the journey so far and what challenges she has faced. The SARA committee were pleased as punch to award Amanda with $3000 raised at the recent Annual Migration auction to put towards her trip and fundraising. Amanda's trip then took her east towards Victoria, but not before stopping off in the Limestone Coast region to spend some time with our hardworking South East Rangers during the busy summer holidays.
Amanda being presented with $3000 by SARA President Tammy Leggett
Currently in April 2023, Amanda is coming into the last third of her journey aiming to finish up on World Ranger Day in Wilsons Promontory NP in July. She has currently travelled over 65,000 km over 244 days and has hiked 885km of her 1500km target. SARA and the South Aussie Rangers congratulate Amanda on her efforts so far and wish her all the best for the rest of her journey!
Amanda and the Forestry SA crew at Kuitpo Forest
Amanda is edging closer to her goal to raise $25,000 for The Thin Green Line Foundation to run Ranger to Ranger programs in the region. Please support her to get there and donate! Follow Amanda’s journey at walkingthethingreenline.com or on Instagram and Facebook.