Sarah Hyde is ready to take on the Rabbit Proof Fence trail

WALK: Sarah Hyde was inspired by the book on the Rabbit Proof Fence story.
WALK: Sarah Hyde was inspired by the book on the Rabbit Proof Fence story.

Sarah Hyde passed through Ceduna last week as she prepared to walk the Rabbit Proof Fence trail in Western Australia.

Ms Hyde will be walking the path that was taken in 1931 by three Indigenous girls escaping from Moore River Native Settlement and returning to their families in Jigalong, having been forcibly removed.

The journey, which starts this Saturday, will take two and a half months, with Ms Hyde and two others walking 1300 kilometers in total.

“The first day is a community walk where everybody is welcome, we are expecting 50 people which includes family members of the girls,” she said.

There will be 10 walkers during the first 10 days of the journey, with the group walking between 20-30kms a day.

They will tow a cart which will contain supplies of food, water and shelter.

Ms Hyde said she was inspired by Doris Pilkington's book Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence and said it was important to retrace a piece of Australian history.

“It is an invitation for Australians to follow the rabbit proof fence and learn about the story,” she said.

“Together we can choose the future we want as Australians.”

She said she had received tremendous community support and had connected with scout and school groups from across the country to donate money raised from the walk.

“It has become a lot bigger than just me on a walk.”