Sun rises again on popular bush track
Saturday, 15th September, 2018
By Myles Burt
The Sundown Nature Trail is being revived and earthmovers are re-grading the road to it as a part of a wonderful community effort.
The trail starts 10km north of the city on the Tibooburra Road and was created by the Barrier Environment Group in 1983.
Diana Ferry from the ‘25in25 Project’ said she enlisted the help of NSW Roads and Maritime by asking for assistance over the radio.
“I think we’re so lucky that they heard that call and came to the party,” Ms Ferry said yesterday. “They’re doing it as a community service.”
The Sundown Trial redevelopment is being done through a collaboration between the Barrier Rangers, Barrier Field Naturalists, 25in25 Project and intrepid bushwalkers.
As a part of the work, botanist Ann Evers and grazier Lindy Molesworth are surveying the trail so that a new brochure and map for bushwalkers can be created, as well as identifying parts that have faded away from neglect.
Ms Evers and Ms Molesworth are also recording species of plants to see what’s disappeared and whether there are any new additions.
“Mainly on this trip we were doing it from a botanical perspective,” Ms Molesworth said. “It’s actually interesting to see what plants are proving to be the most resilient in a drought.
“It’ll be interesting to see after rain what does recover.”
Even though the drought has left its mark, Ms Evers said she still can’t believe how eye-catching the landscape is.
“It’s still beautiful actually,” said Ms Evers. “I commented today just walking around, even though we’re in drought this country’s just so beautiful.”
Ms Molesworth said that overall the trail had stayed in rather good shape for walkers.
“The core description is very good,” she said. “Just a bit of clearer marking, not upgrading. Part of the attraction is that is it very much a natural trail.
“We don’t really think it suits it to have a developed path - it’s not why you would do a walk out here.”
Ms Evers was a part of the Barrier Environment Group in the 1980s and one of the founders of the Sundown Nature Trail.
“Every evening after work we’d come out here, a whole group of us and kids and we’d just work on mapping out the trail, making marking stones, working out what we were going to write in the pamphlet.
“The kangaroos usually show you the way to go. They leave tracks that show you the best way to walk. We all enjoyed it, it was fun.”
Ms Molesworth was happy to see the nature trail receive some much-needed attention.
“It’ll be good to get attention back to this area as an alternative walk for visitors and locals to do.
“I think it can appeal to people interested in botany, geology, people who just want to get some exercise or take the family on an outing.”