Ku – Ring – Gai Chase National Park

Sydney Outback,

When you experience this tour, it will be hard for you to believe what you have ‘scene’ so close to the 5 million inhabitants big city of Sydney.

Departure from the busy CBD at 8 am in a minibus (4 pax minimum, 22 maximum). Paul, the owner of Sydney Outback, worked in the city as a stockbroker for 30 years but one day, 2 years ago, he decided he had enough.

Everyone who comes to Sydney knows about the  Blue Mountains and the 3 Sisters look out: 6 hours’ drive in one day ! Millions of tourists taking ‘selfies ‘ sent through the social networks in the worldwide, well, no comment.

Sydney Outback has much more to offer ! 40 mins drive are enough from the CBD to reach the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park located in the north. 40 mins are enough to leave behind you the city noise and to see yourself in the middle of a stunning unspoilt nature.

This is also where we meet with Les (say Lez), our aboriginal guide for the day. On your way to the National Park, Paul will tell you about the history of Australia and Les will tell you about the aboriginal culture.

One of the first stop is the beautiful West Head Look Out where Les organizes a little welcome ceremony before taking us to a sacred site with amazing rock carving. Les is native form Jervis Bay and he is a happy man ! He tells so much about the aborigines and I have learnt so much in one day: Plants, trees, flowers, bush tucker, art, history  etc.

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The rock carving is just stunning especially when you think that the drawings have been done thousands and thousands years ago Les’s explanation is so interesting. Around 12h30, this journey takes you to Akunay Bay right in the middle of the national park where you  board on a comfortable boat to do a 3 hours cruise in a scenery which reminded me the Gordon River in Tasmania.

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Light lunch on board with gourmet Wraps, Burgers and Panini’s with a little touch of bush tucker in the ingredients. Not a single tourist boat around us, just nature, nature and nature. Stop the boat and just enjoy the silence or the birds. Even more amazing, the boat will approach slowly to old shelters where you can see some rock art. I really could not imagine that so close to Sydney.

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During the cruise, Les will take more than 1 hour to show you didjeridoos, boomerangs, tools, hunting gear, bush tucker tasting etc…  I have experienced many tours with ‘a aboriginal touch’ and I have been disappointed very often. With Sydney Outback, I have to say: ‘well done !’.

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Almost 4 pm, back to Akuna Bay Marina, in 40 mins time, you will be dropped off in the CBD with unforgettable images in your mind telling yourself, lucky I decided to go to Ku Ring Gai instead of the Blue Mountains !

 

Thanks Paul, Thanks Les !

http://www.sydneyoutback.com.au/

 


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