Gloucester Environment Group's latest adventure

The trees seem to reflect the chilly atmosphere as our hardy Gloucester Environment Group trekked at Barrington Tops. Photo: Alison Lyon
The trees seem to reflect the chilly atmosphere as our hardy Gloucester Environment Group trekked at Barrington Tops. Photo: Alison Lyon

The Gloucester Environment Group's walk to the Barrington Tops Plateau in Barrington Tops National Park was organised for late June.

The forecast was for temperatures of between 1 to 5 degrees with the chance of light snow.

Four intrepid members of the group were not deterred by such an invitation and joined me for our wintry trip. We were greeted by temperatures of 2 degrees, with a slight chilly wind which made me glad I had recommended the donning of extra layers, beanies and gloves.

Many others it seemed had also decided to visit 'The Tops' sub-alpine area on this weekend in the hope of seeing some snow. We soon left the crowds at Polblue and trekked through the forest towards the little Murray camping ground.

Delighting in the magnificent trees and surrounds we quickly came across a sign that informed us there were soft-jawed traps in the area and to be careful.

One of our group became the victim of a trap which was placed alongside the trail. Thankfully no harm was done and we were able to continue on our walk.

Excitement then followed as somebody spotted what they thought was a wombat, but we were greatly disappointed when we realised it was a wild pig and there were three more.

Later on down the track we came across numerous healthy looking brumbies.

The environmental impact of all these feral animals was pretty obvious, with areas of erosion, diggings and bare patches alongside creeks and trail and although animals have a soft spot in our hearts we couldn't believe the damage.

Despite this we were distracted by the misty forest scenes and sleet and nonetheless managed to enjoy the day. Barrington Tops is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Recognised as having the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth since 1986 (ref: National Parks, NSW). A beautiful area deserving of protection.

Our next walk will be at the coast on Saturday, July 20. Please contact Alison Lyon if you require further information on 0409 718 795, or email alisonlyoninoz@hotmail.com.