A river journey exploring Aboriginal culture

Stream/s: Respecting Indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture; Improving health and wellbeing; Reaching conservation goals
Host Organisation: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location: Bobbins Head, northeastern Sydney

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Above Image: Nick Cubbin OEH
Tile Image: Tegan Burton NPWS OEH

Rock art and river cruising lovers, this excursion is for you!

The heritage-listed Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is Australia’s second oldest national park, and one of the Australia’s riches rock art sites. Located on the scenic Hawkesbury River and shoreline of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park is the perfect place to explore by boat.

Your journey will start with an Aboriginal welcome to country by a local Aboriginal custodian before boarding a ferry at Bobbin Head to cruise the majestic waterways of the Hawkesbury. While aboard, you will be surrounded by the striking cliff faces, rainforests, eucalypt forests and mangroves of the national park.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park contains culturally significant sites of the Guringai people, the nation of Aboriginal people. More than 400 Aboriginal sites are known to exist in the park. You will have the opportunity to view some of these sites as well as listen to some illuminating commentary from a National Parks and Wildlife Service Aboriginal Discovery Guide.

Participants from the National Parks and Wildlife Service Connecting to Culture Program will accompany you on your journey. This program provides Aboriginal youth from communities in the inner city of Sydney with the opportunity to reconnect with Aboriginal culture in the Australian bush. You will have the opportunity ask the participants questions and gain a greater understanding of the program for how it is inspiring this younger generation of Aboriginal people to conserve their heritage and become involved in protected-area management activities.

The ferry will return to the historic Bobbin Head where a selection of delicious foods will be served for lunch. You will have free time to take a walk around one of Sydney’s much-loved family picnicking destinations, or to explore the boardwalk that meanders through the mangroves or the boat marina before returning to Sydney Olympic Park where you can enjoy the afternoon entertainment at PlanetFest.

Expect an enjoyable and engaging excursion in one of Sydney’s most beautiful natural settings.

Particulars and requirements

This excursion will predominantly will be on a river-boat. There will be an option to take a nature walk at Bobbin Head.


Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Closed-toe walking shoes
  • Sun lotion
  • Weather gear (hat, rain jacket, a sweater/warm clothing in case the wind picks up on the water)
  • Water bottle


Weather conditions can be checked at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forcasts/sydney.shtml

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