Aboriginal Explorer Tour & Cruise

This trip by Sydney OutBack will explore and cruise pristine Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park wilderness and discover some of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 7am – 4pm
Includes: All day coffee, tea, snacks and gourmet bush tucker inspired lunch.
Price: $150.00pp

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia’s most remarkable landscapes and the country’s second oldest National Park. Experience Sydney’s spectacular ‘out back” – its northern National Parks and beaches, featuring insightful commentary, picturesque photo opportunities, cultural experiences and an opportunity to appreciate Aboriginal heritage and understand the true story of Colonial Australia’s first 50 years

The tour begins in the heart of Sydney’s iconic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, home to one of the world’s most concentrated collection of recorded Aboriginal Heritage Sites, and its remarkably peaceful waterways. It takes in the world-class lookout at West Head be guided by Sydney OutBack’s expert guides, who have a personal connection to this region and can share loads of stories about its ancient and modern history.

Pick-Up Points

7.30 – 8.30am

Hilton Sydney Hotel CBD pick-up service

8.45 am

Chatswood or Terry Hill – by arrangement

Drop-Off Points

Mid-afternoon (4pm)

Drop-off at Hilton Sydney Hotel, or at Chatswood or Terrey Hills by arrangement

Tour Highlights

Explore Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia’s second oldest National Park and home to the world’s most concentrated collection of Aboriginal Heritage sites (>1,000)

  • Breathtaking ocean views over Broken Bay, Lion Island, Palm Beach, Pittwater and the Central Coast
  • Learn about shipwrecks, smugglers, pirates, escaped convicts and West Head’s important role in WWII
  • Spot native birds and wildlife
  • Visit Aboriginal Heritage sites which holds some of the most important rock engravings in Australia
  • Enjoy a 2.5 hour scenic cruise on a 52ft motor catamaran through pristine National Park bushland and waterways – and imagine how Sydney Harbour looked over 250 years ago prior to European arrival
  • Includes Aboriginal artefact display and Aboriginal rock-art sites only accessible by water
  • Gourmet bush tucker inspired lunch

Central Coast natural and cultural heritage-themed walk:
Wagstaffe to Pretty Beach NSW Central Coast

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 7:30am – 4pm
Includes: Coffee, tea, snacks and catered lunch.
Price: $150.00pp

Your field trip will take you to the scenic Hawkesbury River region, north of Sydney the village of Wagstaffe, at the northern end of a Central Coast peninsula about an hour north of Sydney. The village only became accessible by vehicle from the mid-20th century when the Hawkesbury River was bridged and a road though the MacMasters Beach was improved. Prior to that time Wagstaffe was only accessible by water from Brooklyn, Ettalong or Woy Woy.

The isolation of Wagstaffe for much of the 20th century has created a unique settlement pattern that will be the focus of your excursion, along with the stunning setting and beaches of the Central Coast.

The trip involves about 3 hrs of slow walking as far as the school, with an option to extend the walk to Lobster Beach – add 1 hr. A decision can be taken with participants on the day on that option.

During the trip you’ll enjoy:
• A scenic train ride from Central Station in Sydney to Woy Woy on the Central Coast
• A pleasant 3 hour walk to explore the magnificent NSW Central Coast north of Sydney Insights into the unique settlement patterns of     Wagstaffe arising from its isolation for much of the 20th century
• Catered lunch at the Hardys Bay Club
• Morning and afternoon tea provided by local suppliers

Participants to bring:
• Enclosed shoes suitable for bush and road-walking over 4 hours
• Hat
• Sunscreen
• Refillable water bottle, full
• Jacket (cf. weather)
• Backpack or similar

**Please note field trips are set outside of the Conference dates and both occur on Saturday 3 November. If you are travelling from interstate please ensure you arrange your accommodation to allow you to attend the FIeld Trips