Culture and heritage

Heritage of NSW

Walking tracks

A walking track can take you back to another way of moving through landscape. Ambling along, you're surrounded by the textures, scents and sounds of nature. But don't forget that you're also surrounded by history. Aboriginal people may have negotiated the same route for generations before you.

Aboriginal tracks were often adopted by European explorers seeking safe and quick routes. New tracks were also created, to make the strange Australian wilderness knowable and productive, both culturally and economically.

Tracks tell us a lot about the desires and goals of the people who made them. They also show how attitudes to landscape have changed over time. Each route, name, and feature along a track tells a story, shapes your experience, and carries specific cultural meanings. Think about this, next time you step into the vast network of tracks across our landscape.

You'll find many layers of history in the walking tracks of these national parks in particular:

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Page last updated: 26 February 2011