Mid-Conference Field Trips, Wednesday 18 October
1. Wollomombi Falls, Trout Hatchery & Rainforest Tour
This tour starts with the famous Wollomombi Falls which is part of the rugged wilderness of the New England region where you experience the raw power and beauty of the waterfall that cascades 220m over the dramatic cliffs to the valley below, all seen from the lookout that allows you to gaze over the highest waterfall in NSW.
Next is the visit to the L P Dutton Trout Hatchery situated in the picturesque New England National Park south of Ebor. This is the main breeding hatchery for Rainbow Trout with over two million trout fry breed every year where you will be able to have a hands on experience feeding the fish.
The final destination on this tour will be a visit to the magnificent Point Lookout perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment offering panoramic views across the World Heritage listed rainforest regions where you will have the opportunity to venture off to discover the rainforest below on the many walking trails.
2. Serrated Tussock, Dangar Falls & Oxley Wild Rivers National Park Tour
This tour commences with a site visit to a local property where there is herbicide resistance to an infestation of Serrated Tussock where New England Weeds Authority has worked closely with the landholder to contain the spread using a combination of spot spraying and pasture improvement . This site will also feature a trial site on the application of granular Flupropanate and a live demonstration of the aerial application of the product from Commercial Helicopters. New England Weeds Authority staff will also demonstrate the use of Drone technology – A success story in working smarter together.
This will be followed by a visit to the scenic Dangar Falls with dramatic views over the deep ravines and gorges on the northern edge of the Oxley Wild Rivers national Park – a must see.
Then we will be travelling on to the relaxing and enjoyable surrounds of the Thunder Ridge Winery. The view from the vineyard stretches across a tranquil rural landscape which produces wonderful premium, boutique cool climate wines.
3. Glen Innes Grass Weeds Tour
First stop on this tour will be Costa group tomato farm at Guyra where delegates will see the 20 hectare glass house which produces 21 million kilograms of Tomatoes per year. Hear we will see how the farm implements strong biosecurity measures to protect its valuable crop.
Second stop will be at a grazing farm East of Glen Innes where delegates will see first-hand how the landholder is successfully managing an infestation of African Love Grass, through a holistic approach of weed control, soil health, pasture management, grazing management and using a rotary wick wiper. This landholder is not only successfully managing a highly invasive grass weed species; they have also doubled the kilos of beef produced from the property in the last 10 years. It’s a real success story and shows what can be achieved. A must see.
The next stop of the tour will be at the Glen Innes research farm for a look at Chilean Needle Grass where delegates can view Chilean Needle Grass and hear from the NSW DPI research scientist on the research currently being undertaken in the management of the species and a possible new innovative method of controlling the species seedbank.