4 pages of out­doors ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage walks

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - MATT MCCLELLAND,

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….

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