Iconic new 316km Great Burragorang Valley Walk proposed for Western Sydney
Posted on: 24.04.2020
Wollondilly Council has proposed an iconic new 316km walk through the spectacular bushland on Sydney’s outskirts, with talks under way to make it a reality.
The ‘Great Burragorang Valley Walk’ provides an opportunity to connect regions, communities, towns and villages. It will highlight iconic areas of unique natural beauty including the Burragorang Valley, Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, National Parks and conservation areas.
At its recent Ordinary meeting, Council endorsed a concept strategy which will be used to promote the proposed walk and seek support and funding for the project from key stakeholders, including local members of State and Federal Parliament.
Mayor Matthew Deeth noted that the Great Burragorang Valley Walk has to the potential to become one of Sydney’s leading attractions, enabling locals as well as domestic and international visitors to enjoy and appreciate the natural landscape with its abundance of flora and fauna.
“Working in conjunction with Wollondilly’s local MPs Nathanial Smith MP and the Hon. Angus Taylor MP, together with Blue Mountains City Council and Wingecarribee Shire Council, the Great Burragorang Valley Walk initiative is an opportunity for us to connect our communities, attract visitors, grow the local and regional economy and ensure our environment, culture and heritage is valued and protected,” he said.
“Critically, right now it can boost the local economy, create jobs and provide hope for businesses bearing the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The walk will aim to attract small group-guided tours and self-guided tours across a series of designated stages to suit individual experience and ability.
The walk will feature a number of start and finish points in close proximity to Sydney, Wollongong and the Illawarra, the Southern Highlands, Western Sydney, Western Sydney International Airport, Macarthur and Canberra.
Covering a total distance of 316 km, it will include access points at Thirlmere Lakes National Park, Oakdale, Warragamba and Werombi as well as Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, Balmoral, Colo Vale and Mittagong.
Getting the project started will require extensive consultation, including with our Aboriginal communities, work to develop mapping, acquiring owner consent to access some areas, the identification and restoration of the track surface and a detailed technology design plan.
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