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Itinerary: Sydney's cultural heritage

Overview

Discover some of the richest Aboriginal culture in one of the most iconic harbour cities. This itinerary is a great introduction to Sydney’s ancient Aboriginal rock art and rich cultural sites. You don’t have to travel far from the modern city centre to find the story of Sydney’s first inhabitants.

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Learn about the people who fished and foraged along Sydney’s craggy sandstone coastline and around its huge natural harbour. Imagine the rhythms of their lives on heritage walking trails and see their Dreaming myths illustrated in stencils and rock engravings.

Day 1: A timeless tradition

It’s a 30-minute drive from Sydney’s centre to Kamay Botany Bay National Park, where Kurnell Peninsula is famous as the place Captain Cook landed in 1770. Learn about the Aboriginal people who lived here for thousands of years before his arrival on Burrawong walk. It tells of their cultural traditions and how the area’s abundant seafood – oysters, snapper and mullet – brought various groups together. Discover their story in more detail at the Laperouse Museum, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite and coffee at Kurnell Visitor Centre.

Burrawang walk, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

Burrawang walk

The easy Burrawang Walk in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in southern Sydney takes in several historic sites. A large section of this walk is wheelchair-accessible, starting at Kurnell Visitor Centre.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
1.2km loop
Time
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Kurnell area in Sydney and surrounds
La Perouse Museum, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH.

La Perouse Museum

La Perouse Museum is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Housed in a heritage building at La Perouse in Sydney's south, the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Hard
Where
La Perouse area in Sydney and surrounds
Kurnell Visitor Centre, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Natasha Webb/DPIE

Kurnell Visitor Centre

Kurnell Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information. Kurnell Visitor Centre is a one-stop shop for tourist information in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Cronulla in southern Sydney. Visit for maps, history, advice and exhibitions.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Wheelchair
access
Easy
Where
Kurnell area in Sydney and surrounds

Day 2: A thousand years and counting

Drive north over Sydney Harbour Bridge and past Sydney’s northern beaches to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The Basin track and Mackeral track and Aboriginal heritage walk from the Resolute picnic area weave past ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. You’ll see mysterious ‘pecked petroglyphs’ which date back more than a thousand years and depict men and women in various Dreaming stories. Take a walk along Red Hands trail, where you’ll see red ochre stencils, thousands of years old.

Two people walking to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, admiring coastal views over Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Located in Sydney's north, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park combines important history with scenic beauty, making it perfect for school excursions. Bobbin Head is a great place for a family picnic, and parts of the park are ideal for cycling, fishing and bushwalking.

Fees

Park entry fees apply.

Things to do
38
Places to stay
1
Where
Sydney and surrounds
Length
2 days
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Royal National Park, rock formations. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government