Beautiful, stunning, picturesque – we could use every adjective in the dictionary and none would do the 154km area of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park justice. There’s a lot that makes this beauty spot so captivating, from its winding waterways to Aboriginal sites and very amusing wildlife.
One of the best ways to travel Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is by boat. Only by boat can you cruise down the waterways and see hidden Aboriginal Heritage Sites, of which there are over 1000 – more than anywhere else in the world. You can also meet the marine life of regional Sydney, including bottlenose dolphins, migrating whales and bull sharks (you’ll want to keep a distance from the latter).
On land, you can get closer to the Aboriginal artworks and engravings of the Guringai Aboriginal people who once owned this picture-perfect destination. Sites include Red Hands Cave, which holds some faint ochre handprints (hence the name) that are estimated to be around 2000 years old. The prints are very interesting, as instead of putting paint on the palm of their hand, the artist put their hand on the wall first, and then sprayed the paint over it. There are also rock engravings of echidnas, fish and wallabies that you can’t help but stare at. Speaking of which, you can also bump into an array of Australia’s wildlife on a walk, including goannas, emus, wallabies and kookaburras.
These are just some of the things that make Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park such a special place, under an hour from Sydney. To discover the other treasures that the park holds, embark on the Wilderness + Aboriginal Explorer Tour + Cruise with Sydney Out Back for $199pp, including transport pick-up, lunch, a very knowledgeable guide, and a day of exploring this breathtaking area.
Book your tour of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at www.sydneyoutback.com.au