Tarnie Evison, 6, with one of the lizards at Ecofest.
Tarnie Evison, 6, with one of the lizards at Ecofest. Mike Richards

Ecofest an interactive fun-fest attracting huge crowd

ECOFEST was all about the hands-on, interactive focus - and the children lapped it up.

They went in search of rubbish, planted seedlings, painted recycled egg carton turtles and met with many animal mascots, including Olly the Observer Owl, Curtis the Turtle and Celia the Dolphin.

The adults weren't forgotten either, with plenty of information about local environmental initiatives.

Organisers believe it was bigger and better than last year, which saw 15,000 visitors across the day.

Meteors Football Club was pleased with the turnout and had to open the back fields to fit more cars, collecting $2 donations for parking.

Bojana, 10, made paper pots with her friend Nicola, which had seedlings with worms in them they named Frederick and Bob.

"We've enjoyed everything really," she said.

Nicola's mum Michelle said it had been a great day.

"You don't miss Ecofest, we've been coming for years and years," she said.

Tiarne Evison, 6, had fun petting the lizards, while her elder sister Zali enjoyed looking at the joeys.

Mum Carissa said the children were enjoying the hands-on experience with animals.

"The joeys were a hit," she said.