Indigenous Walking Tour of Sydney’s ‘secret’ national park
Indigenous Walking Tours of Sydney’s ‘secret’ national park – Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Only $10 a ticket
Discover Sydney’s wild and ‘secret’ Dharawal National Park on two walking tours led by a local Indigenous guide showing you the beauty of the rugged landscape and informing you of its significance.
The easy, 90-minute walks, which are led by an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and cost only $10 a person, will run on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The first of the two walks is an all-inclusive walk to O’Hares creek lookout. Beginning at 9am, people of all ages and abilities can join in on the eye-opening tour, including guests with wheelchairs, prams and mobility scooters.
The second walk at 11.30am is a grade three track to Minerva pools. The picturesque walk leads guests through rugged bushland to the Minerva pools lookout. The pool is a sacred women’s place for the Aboriginal Dharawal people and guests are asked to respect the cultural importance of the site.
Protecting rugged bushland in the Macarthur region near Campbelltown on Sydney’s south-western urban fringe, Dharawal National Park boasts dramatic sandstone gorges, waterfalls, spectacular lookouts, waterholes and rock shelters featuring indigenous heritage. The park was declared in 2012.
Seventy years of restricted public access has kept the area largely undisturbed, allowing visitors to see pristine surroundings. ‘Dharawal’ refers to the language group of the local indigenous people who have continued their relationship with the area for more than 15,000 years.
An indigenous ranger will guide walkers through the park, highlighting bush tucker, native flora and fauna, Dreamtime stories and information on how indigenous people used to live in the area, which is just one hour from the Sydney CBD.
Walks depart at 9am and 11.30am and cost $10 for each adult and child, with kids under three free. Advance bookings are required.
More information and bookings are available at www.macarthur.com.au