4 pages of outdoors activities, including Aboriginal heritage walks
The Hornsby* Ku-ring-gai area is rich in history of the people who lived, played and learned here for the past tens of thousands of years. The Australian Aboriginals do not stamp their name with pyramids or other grand architectural buildings, instead they walk in one, with the land. They do not dominate the land but choose to live with and as part of it. They choose to respect their place as part of country, to respect the elders that came before them and the generations that will come afterwards.
Included here are a few sites to visit to get a sense of this ancient culture engraved in stone. I ask as you visit these places you do so, not as a tourist who wants to get the best photo and tick the items off the list, but as a pilgrim on a journey to better understand and know the people who have lived here for many thousands of years and who still today have a connection to country that is far more intimate than I can understand. Even better, do a walk with an Aboriginal guide who can help you on this journey.
*In an effort to protect these special areas, most aboriginal engraving sites are not publicised. The Hornsby area has many sites that remain secret for their protection, especially in and around Berowra Valley National Park. There are two sites that are public but also heavily disturbed, one at the end of Quarter Sessions Road (Westleigh) and another just beyond the end of Kirkpatrick Way (Berowra Waters).
Here’s 6 great bushwalks to appreciate some local Aboriginal heritage….