Trek the Great Wollondilly Nature Trail
Posted on: 17.10.2017
The Great Wollondilly Nature Trail Trek is on in October with Mayor Hannan and Councillors trekking a path of discovery through the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Eager to raise awareness of Wollondilly Shire’s natural assets and highlight Wollondilly as a weekend getaway destination.
The trek will cover 51.3kms over three days trekking from Warragamba to Thirlmere Lakes through our natural wilderness from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October 2017.
The long awaited trek has generated much excitement, with Mayor Hannan saying, “This trek is designed to raise awareness of Wollondilly as a weekend getaway destination and perhaps develop it into an iconic international walk one day. We have some amazing trails that provide trekkers a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of our native koalas, wallaroos, lyrebirds and glossy black cockatoos.
A majority of the trek route can already be hiked on, although much of it is only known only by the locals. We aim to promote and appreciate the amazing natural attractions in Wollondilly.”
Set amongst the Forest Red Gums and Grey Gums, day one of the trek will begin at the Warragamba Dam and enter the Blue Mountains National Park. This part of the walk promises a unique experience that will wind its way through a variety of forest types and unique endangered ecological communities.
Councillor Gould said, “This walk is rich in history and natural beauty. It is important to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and that the walk traverses land which has been occupied by them for more than 40,000 years.
As you walk the tracks you can see just how pristine and amazing the escarpment is. We have a diverse range of vegetation including lush temperate rainforest, shale woodlands, critically endangered shale sandstone transition forest and a huge variety of wildlife. It is breathtaking.
There is great potential to put Wollondilly on the map as an eco-tourism destination, much like the Blue Mountains, and the Trek helps highlight that.”
The group will trek along the eastern side of the Burragorang Valley past spectacular rock formations, ravines and gullies with stunning views of the Blue Mountains National Park.
The last stretch of the trek embraces the world heritage listed Thirlmere Lakes, where they will meander through the freshwater lakes amongst the rare frogmouth waterlilies and orchids.
Meet and Greet the Trekkers: The media can meet the trekkers during their rest stops as they exit the wilderness and at many of the tourist destinations along the way.
If you would like an opportunity to meet and greet the trekkers please contact Council’s Communications Team for the trek schedule.