Final touches for Como Heritage and Environment Trail

Preparations are being made for the official launch of the Como Heritage and Environment Trail, which was first mooted nearly 20 years ago.

Signage has been installed along the 4.2 kilometre circuit, which winds through streets, reserves and bushland, highlighting items - both existing and former heritage gems - and flora and fauna species.

A spokeswoman for Sutherland Shire Council, which has undertaken the project, said final touches were being made to a new webpage that will allow trail hikers to download a map or take a virtual tour while walking the route.

The trail was first identified in the Conservation and Management Plan prepared prior to works at Como Pleasure Ground in the early 2000s.

Public consultation on the draft route and heritage items to be included in the project was completed in 2018.

The circuit is for walkers or cyclists as sections of the trail are off-road through Paruna Bushland Reserve which overlooks the junction of the Georges River and Woronora Rivers, where there are spectacular views.

Interpretative panels have been placed next to eight items of local and state heritage significance.

They include the old rail bridge, Como Hotel, Como Public School, Como Pleasure Grounds, Scylla Bay and Paruna Reserve.

The area was originally inhabited by the Dharawal people and two of the interpretation panels retell local stories that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The council says the trail can take up to three and a half hours to walk, but can be joined at any point and covered section by section.

Markers indicate the distances in either direction.