Above Image: Guringai Aboriginal Tours/Laurie Bimson & Les McCloud.
Tile Image: Creative Commons, Hasitha Tudugalle.

An insight into Traditional Sustainable Use Strategies and Livelihoods in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Come and learn about the culture and practices of Aboriginal people, Traditional Owners of Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park, in using and managing the natural resources and wildlife of the Sydney area as part of their culture and livelihoods. In this field trip a local Aboriginal guide (a Traditional Owner of the area) will carry out a traditional Welcome to Country. You will be taken through the stunningly beautiful Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park, with its spectacular bays and headlands, and will learn about bush foods and medicines and Aboriginal strategies for using and managing wildlife sustainably. The trip will give you knowledge about the cultural significance of the areas you visit and an appreciation about traditional indigenous practice, and the importance of respecting and safeguarding indigenous knowledge and culture to benefit landscapes and species.

The trip will involve a journey from Sydney City to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Participants will receive a guided tour of the Park in the hands of an expert Indigenous tour guide. The total duration of the National Park tour is four hours, during which time participants also have the chance to taste some traditional "bush tucker" dishes, with dishes including barbequed kangaroo, fish and emu, and fresh made damper.

Learning outcomes

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • gain an understanding of how indigenous peoples have used and sustainably managed wild resources as part of culture and livelihood strategies
  • better understand the importance of cultural and indigenous land and resource management practices in protected area management strategies
  • learn about local wild plants and animals and their importance in indigenous medicine and as bush tucker
  • gain an understanding of the rights, cultures and traditions of Aboriginal Australians
  • meet local indigenous business owners and our expert guide
  • taste bush tucker.


New South Wales.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.


11 November (1 day)


$110 per person

Field Trip Leader Contact

Name: Ildiko Molnar
Email: i.molnar@cic-wildlife.org


To view the itinerary click here.

Want to know more?

Visit the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation here.

Visit the IUCN website here.

IUCN WCPA Parks Australia NSW NPWS