Robyn Collier captures Burragorang Valley on canvas

It’s one of the most stunning places in Macarthur, but few people will ever set foot in the Burragorang Valley.

Luckily, celebrated painter Robyn Collier was granted special access to the serene valley located past The Oaks and Belimbla Park and has captured the beauty of Burragorang for all to see.

An exhibition of almost 50 of her works, completed after the Springwood resident made three visits and one boat trip into the valley, will be held next month.

Ms Collier thought she’d had her fill of Burragorang back in the 70s and 80s – when the valley was easier to access and she made frequent trips – but recently she was drawn back to it.

After a lot of back and forth with government departments, Ms Collier was granted her privileged access.

“I had decided that I could put together a book on the valley,” she said. “It was a monumental minefield of difficulty to get back there, but it has been the most amazing experience.”

Ms Collier said the valley had changed so much since she first saw it and her early fears that she wouldn’t have enough to paint were quickly brushed aside.

“The plants and the trees are all overgrown now,” she said. “You can still see a little bit of the buildings that were there before the flooding.

“It’s very beautiful.”

The formerly inhabited Burragorang Valley was deliberately flooded 60 years ago in conjunction with Warragamba Dam’s construction, after the government acquired all the homes and farms.

The exhibition will be held at Katoomba’s The Lost Bear Gallery from March 24 to April 26.


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