News

Como Heritage and Environment Trail a Treasure for Sutherland Shire

Source: Sutherland Shire Council
Archived 26 Nov 2019 - Posted: 28 Sep 2019
In a first for Sutherland Shire, Council has officially opened the Como Heritage and Environment Trail, a self-guided walking track complete with an online tour and informative signage.

The 4.2 kilometre trail was officially launched at Como Pleasure Grounds on Friday 20 September, 2019 by Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce. He was joined by Councillors, local residents, Como Public School, The Henry Lawson Appreciation Group and one of Council’s Local Studies Librarian to unveil the new local attraction.

“This trail is more than just a walking track. It celebrates local history and the surrounding natural environment, dating back to ancient times,” Mayor Pesce said.

“The trail starts at the Pleasure Grounds at Sign 1 and travels through the streets of Como and Paruna Reserve, which has some of the most stunning views of the Woronora River.

“There are 8 interpretive signs along the trail and over 40 directional markers, and the beauty of the trail is that you can do it all in one go or walk smaller sections over several trips.

“The signage along the trail is educational and informative, detailing local stories and depicting what life was like when Como was an emerging suburb of Sutherland Shire.

“Panels along the trail highlight ancient stories of our First Nations people and I would like to thank the La Perouse and Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Councils, who wanted these stories to live on and allowed Council to bring them to our community.”

The idea of a Heritage Trail was identified in the Conservation Management Plan that Council commissioned almost 20 years ago, prior to Stage 1 of the Pleasure Grounds upgrade. 

Council has just completed Stage 5, transforming the area into a destination park for the whole community to enjoy.   

Walkers will be able to read about the building of the Rail Bridge, Como Hotel, the Pleasure Grounds and the relocation of the Como Rail Station. They will also learn about Henry Lawson’s time in Como, when he would visit Como Hotel and sell or recite his poetry in exchange for beer.

Several local flora and fauna species have been highlighted in the Virtual Tour and it is hoped the new trail will become a favourite for local schools and community groups. 

Sutherland Shire Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Heritage Committee both supported this project from the beginning, with Council’s Infrastructure and Shire Services staff contributing to the collation of all of the history material and information visitors will see throughout the trail.

To find out more, take a virtual tour or download a map, visit www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Walking-Tracks/Como-Heritage-and-Environment-Trail/

 
FJ Tours FJ Tours FJ Tours Value for money! Blue Mountains Day Tour

Recent News

Taronga and RSPCA NSW announce new Rescue Facility to help save the platypus – the silent victims of bushfires
Taronga and RSPCA NSW announce new Rescue Facility to help save the platypus – the silent victims of bushfires
The iconic platypus is to be given much-needed help thanks to plans by...
Light Up The Night at Scenic World this Winter
Light Up The Night at Scenic World this Winter
Scenic World is celebrating the dark side this winter with a new evening...
Registrations Now Open for the 2021 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Registrations Now Open for the 2021 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Australia’s favourite running festival celebrates 20 years
Shane Fitzsimmons to Headline NSW Landcare & Local Land Services Conference 2022
Shane Fitzsimmons to Headline NSW Landcare & Local Land Services Conference 2022
Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of Resilience NSW, will wow the crowd...
Pinot & Picasso Pop-Up Event at BridgeClimb Pylon Lookout & Museum
Pinot & Picasso Pop-Up Event at BridgeClimb Pylon Lookout & Museum
Pinot & Picasso Surry Hills (Australia’s #1 paint and sip experience),...

What's New

Light up the Night at Scenic World
Light up the Night at Scenic World
Scenic World Scenic World launches first ever evening experience this winter - Light Up the Night!
Residential Design you can AFFORD!
Residential Design you can AFFORD!
Adding Design Practique Enquire now for any floor additions, granny flats, garages, studios, new homes, holiday homes, project management.
Wild Ropes Challenge @ Taronga Zoo
Wild Ropes Challenge @ Taronga Zoo
Wild Ropes Taronga Zoo The wildest views of Sydney come to life on Taronga Zoo's sky high adventure, Wild Ropes.
Accommodation near Ryde-Parramatta Golf
Accommodation near Ryde-Parramatta Golf
The Select Inn Ryde The Red Star Hotels West Ryde is located in the heart of Sydney's north-west suburb West Ryde
Section menu

Have You Visited

Announcement
Experience the Trees like Never Before!Our tree adventure park will have the whole family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest.View Trees Adventure »