A guided walking tour of the Macarthur region’s Dharawal National Park will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, providing walkers with a fresh look at the landscape from an indigenous perspective.
Led by an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger, the tour will showcase the natural beauty and indigenous heritage of the national park, which is just one hour from the Sydney CBD.
The tour will run from 9am to 10.30am. Along the way, the ranger will tell stories of the local indigenous tribes and their culture while showing visitors the park’s waterfalls, eucalypt forests, sandstone gorges, swimming holes and Aboriginal sites.
Dharawal is one of Australia’s newest national parks, having been a state conservation area and a water catchment area prior to 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.
The 2km walks will begin at 9am, finish at 10.30am and cost $6 per person. Advance bookings and ticket pre-payment is required and places are limited. The grade of the walk is medium, with a few loose surfaces. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat and to bring a water bottle with them on the day.