New Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park cultural and ecological experiences

The rich Aboriginal cultural connections embedded throughout Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park can now be experienced by everyone, in person and online.

Seeing Country sign helping share the rich Aboriginal cultural connections embedded throughout Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service Executive (NPWS) Acting Director Robert Newtown said this project includes a new interpretative walk along the Gibberagong Walking Track.

"The immersive digital experience takes the viewer to places within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park that are of cultural and ecological significance," Mr Newton said.

"The interactive content allows the viewer to acknowledge and witness the continued Aboriginal connection to Country.

"The digital experience features an interactive map and beautiful short films that will take the viewer on a journey throughout Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

"Experience a Healing Country ceremony led by Uncle Dean Kelly and Rowena Welsh-Jarrett.

"The interpretive signage along the Gibberagong Walking Track showcases ecological and cultural themes where the visitors will learn, interact and connect with Country using their senses.

"The signs inspire viewers to touch, smell and feel the environment around them.

"Containing over 800 recorded cultural sites Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the second oldest national park in NSW being a conservation area since 1894.

"It is inscribed on the National Heritage List and is of outstanding value to the nation for its exceptional representation of the Sydney region biota and as an outstanding centre of biodiversity.

"The citation refers to the park's diverse flora and fauna, the natural landscape and rich Aboriginal cultural heritage," Mr Newtown said.

The project has involved meaningful consultation with the Aboriginal Community, including the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Content prepared for this project is considerate of cultural integrity and provides a snapshot of the world's oldest and continued living culture.

The project is supported through a $175,000 Australian Heritage Grant from the Australian Government.

Check out the new website here: Connecting to Country at Bobbin Head.