Indigenous Walking Tours of Sydney’s ‘secret’ national park set to double New tours for toddlers and mobility-challenged nature-lovers
The number of guided, indigenous walking tours of Sydney’s wild and ‘secret’ national park, Dharawal National Park, will double this year and also include new tours for young children and nature-lovers in wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
The easy, 90-minute walks, which are led by an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and cost only $10 a person, will run on the second Saturday of every month from February 11 to November 11, 2017, with double the number of sessions this year compared to 2016 to cope with rising demand.
There will be two walks per day on some of the Saturdays in 2017 plus new and easier walks will debut for parents with small children and strollers in April and September while new easy-access tours for those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters will run in May and October. There will be a total of 19 walks – all about 2km long – from February to November.
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 11am and cost $10 for each adult and child. Advance bookings are required.