Manning River Turtle Conservation Group's Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Wingham

Eva, Willow, Jamarra and Amelia Jenkins and Lilli Urquhart at the 2018 Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. Photo: Scott Calvin
Eva, Willow, Jamarra and Amelia Jenkins and Lilli Urquhart at the 2018 Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. Photo: Scott Calvin

It's that time of year again, when Wingham Brush becomes a winter fairyland as families bearing lanterns wend their way through the Brush and into Wingham.

The Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, hosted by the Manning River Turtle Conservation Group, is being held on Saturday, June 22.

This will be the third annual lantern walk hosted by the group, with around 200 people turning up to be involved in each previous year.

The Lantern Walk aims to bring the community together and raise awareness on the endangered Manning River helmeted turtle. It is free, and is popular with families.

The event starts at dusk on the banks of the Manning River at Wingham Brush. A short informative talk will be presented by a special guest working in research and conservation of the Manning River turtle through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's Save Our Species program.

After talks the gathering will watch the grey-headed flying foxes flying out of their camp in Wingham Brush to feed for the night - a spectacular sight.

The walk will wait until the majority of the bats have left, so that walkers do not disturb them in their camp, and then proceed to wend its way through the Nature Reserve by lantern light, respectfully and quietly.

BYO lantern, or buy one on the night for $2 (but be aware there are limited supplies).

Strictly no naked flames and no dogs allowed.

If you are able, park your cars at Central Park as the Lantern Walk will conclude with a lap around the park.

The Manning River Turtle Conservation Group is a not-for-profit group auspiced by Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc.

Funds raised from the sale of lanterns goes toward covering the cost of holding the event, and to programs for conservation of the Manning River helmeted turtle.