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Location: 24km north of Sydney
Known as the second oldest national park in NSW, the Kuring-gai Chase National Park is approximately 15,000 ha of sandstone and bushlands. Visitors to the park can expect to find a park rich in Aboriginal historical sites combined with a dash of European history.
The park is credited to Ecceleston du Faur, a poet and artist who fought for the existence of the park when it was threatened for development purposes. In 1894, the government finally declared that the land would be preserved as a national park for all to enjoy.
For the historic bluff in you, the park offers literally hundreds of Aboriginal sites which include rock engravings, cave arts, axe grinding grooves and middens. The oldest sites can even be traced back before the emergence of the pyramids in Egpyt. The Resolute Aboriginal Heritage Walk offers visitors the chance to visit three different types of Aboriginal sites and worth it to do the tour.
Along the Kuring-gai Chase Road is the Kalkari Visitor Centre whose members help visitors to discover the park. There is a theatre with videos about the park and related issues as well as exhibitions and displays on the wildlife that call the park home.
TIPS: The park is an excellent place to go for a picnic or barbecue. There are many facilities available in the park to cater to your needs such as washroom facilities, running fresh water and parking spaces. Some grills require a deposit of 20 cents to run but you can always opt for the do-it-yourself barbecue grill. Just bring along some coals and matches.
As the park is free for all to use and enjoy, do be conscientious enough to take your rubbish with you or deposit them in the rubbish bins surrounding the park.
The park can get busy during the weekends and is especially busy during public holidays. Weekdays are probably the best time to visit the park. If you can, head towards the Apple Bay picnic area which is smaller and more private. Look for the sign as you enter the park near Bobbin Head.
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