Mid-Conference Field Trips, Wednesday 18 October
1. WATERFALL, 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. GRASS WEEDS TOUR
This tour commences with a site visit to a local property where there was 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 – A success in working smarter together.
This will be followed by a visit to the scenic Dangars 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 award winning Petersons Winery that is planted with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir grape vines where you will enjoy a fabulous wine tasting experience in the beautiful heritage Guesthouse building.
3. UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND SMART FARM & MALPAS DAM TOUR
On this tour delegates will have the opportunity to visit the UNE Smart (Sustainable Manageable Accessible Rural Technologies) Farm. A 2900 ha commercial farm located just north west of Armidale The Smart farm is a national demonstrator site showcasing the latest on-site technologies aimed at impriving productivity, environmental sistainability, safety, workflow and social/business support networks on Australian farms, including weed surveillance and control.This is an award winning operating enterprise that recently the Northern NSW Regional Development Australia Innovation Award for Research and Education. This will allow you to come away experiencing the highs of the practical implementation of the latest development in innovation and technologies.
Following this experience you will travel to Malpas Dam the major water supply for the city of Armidale. Its construction was completed in 1968 and currently has a storage capacity of 13,000 megalitres with expansion capabilities to 26,000megalitres and is also one of the major boating, sailing and recreational fishing locations in our region.