Trek The Great Wollondilly Nature Trail

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Trek The Great Wollondilly Nature Trail

Posted on: 14.03.2017

To bring awareness of Wollondilly Shire’s nature assets and highlight the potential to develop and invest in unique and engaging visitor experiences Mayor Hannan and Councillors will trek a path of discovery through the Nattai Wilderness from the 23 to 26 March. Using the existing fire trail network, they will trek through the Nattai Wilderness, Burragorrang State Conservation Area and parts of the Blue Mountains National Park on a route that will take them from Warragamba through to Thirlmere Lakes National Park.

Cr Matt Gould said, “This trek is designed to raise awareness of Wollondilly’s potential as a hiking and adventure destination. We have some amazing trails that provide trekkers a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of our native Koala’s, Wallaroos, Lyrebirds and Glossy Black Cockatoos.”

 “A majority of the tracks that we will trek can already be hiked in, although many of them are known only by the locals. We aim to campaign for the missing links in this trail to be completed and publicised so more people can appreciate the amazing natural attractions in Wollondilly.”

Set amongst the Forest Red Gums and Grey Gums the trek will begin at the Dam and they will enter the Blue Mountains National Park in Warragamba, preceded by a camp out of participants at the Warragamba Town Hall the night before. 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.

They will trek along the eastern side of the Burragorang Valley with spectacular rock formations, ravines and gullies and head towards the Burragorang lookout, with its stunning views of the Nattai National Park mountain ranges.

General Manager, Luke Johnson said, “The Valley is steeped in settler history with the area’s first colonial settlement in 1827. After WWII, Sydney’s population growth prompted the building of Warragamba dam and the consequent flooding of the valley. It highlights our European origins and by walking here and acknowledging our history we pay respect to those that built the dam and those that developed our towns and villages.

It is also 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.”

To end the walk they will follow the nature trail through Nattai as it embraces the world heritage listed Thirlmere Lakes. The last stretch of the trek will meander through 5 freshwater lakes where there is a plethora of native plant species including the rare frogmouth waterlilies and orchids.

There will be opportunities during the trek for the media to meet with the team of trekkers. These will be during their rest stops as they exit the wilderness, the media are not able to take part in the walk, but can take photos along the tree line and at many of the tourist destinations along the way.

Photoshoot and Q&A Opportunities

If you would like to attend any of the designated Q&A locations, please RSVP to Council’s Senior Communications Officer P: 4677 9644 or E: media@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au

Warragamba

Date:               23rd March 2017
Time:               6:30pm
Location:         Warragamba Town Hall

Warragamba

Date:               24th March 2017
Time:               7:00am
Location:         Warragamba Dam

Yeranderrie 

Date:               25th March 2017
Time:               10:00am – 4.45pm
Location:         Sheehys Creek Rd, Oakdale

 Oakdale 

Date:               24th March 2017
Time:               5:30pm
Location:         Oakdale Workers Club

Oakdale 

Date:               25th March 2017        
Time:               7:00am
Location:         Oakdale Workers Club

Thirlmere Lakes

Date:               26th March  2017
Time:               4.30pm
Location:         Thirlmere Lakes