Old Path Ways of the Eden Region
on this project has continued since a report by
John Blay and Ben Cruse
for Eden Local
Aboriginal Lands Council
Researches have focussed on the Bundian
Way that goes from Twofold Bay through Towamba and the old Pericoe Road
via the Bundian Pass to Delegate and Byadbo to the Snowy, thence the Pinch
and on to either Omeo and Gippsland or the alpine country.
The full potential of this way in cultural and
tourist terms is still being assessed, but when coupled with its
biodiversity, which runs in one generally natural sweep from the coast to
the highlands and its domination by a single genus, the eucalypt,
reveals remarkable variation along the way that could well be
ranked as one of the gems of the world.
From researches that
included old maps and journals a map was
compiled of old path ways and trails in the Eden/Bega Valley region
to show the general historic contexts.
Many fascinating questions have arisen from our
studies and further research will be immensely rewarding, but the most
urgent task is to map the path ways in more detail to allow appropriate
management and preservation.