THE BURRAWANG WALKING TRACK IN SPRING
Whenever we are out walking especially in the areas of beauty around our place on the Central Coast we pay tribute to the Awabakal and Darkinjung peoples and this makes us a little more aware we walk on sacred ground.
There is something mindful to briefly pause as one does on a threshold allow our mind to catch up with our footsteps. It is a reminderto pay attention asking permission and being thankful for our entry into a place .
Spring is for stepping out and our local Wyrrbalong National Park ( gazetted in 1991) has the best of all worlds , the wonderful Australian Bush with its Red Gums and Scribbly Eucalyptus, the linger of wattle and other Acacias, Hakea, Myrtles, Banksia and the odd siren of a red Waratah backgrounded by the coastal bird life with the odd iconic crack of the Whip Bird and the spectacular glimpses of the blue remind us we are walking in a rare piece of land where the bush meets the sea well the lake in our walk today which curls around Tuggerah Lake
We parked our car at a small car park off the road not far after Magenta. The first sign told us fox poison was laid . . . I felt sad after the wonderfully wild fox we saw in the past few days in the Water pond off Ibis Road but then if they are taking the birds and wild life maybe it has to be done. It reminds me of another walk I do at Normanhurst in Sydney where last year signs appeared that they had laid baits against the rabbits . ( that saddened me too as I loved their little furry ears popping up and watching me as I walk. But I think the rabbits had the last laugh as they moved down onto the grass near the railway line and I travelled past they were hopping about everywhere. I love it when the Grandchildren are on the walk with me we sneak along telling each other shshsh and tiptoeing along watching for little ears to pop up and then run off.
The Burrawang Walking Track was the beginning walk and we walked taking in the fresh, unwithered air and breathing deeply to find an inner calm.
BOBBIN HEAD WALK
Another walk that needs to feature here is our walk at Bobbin Heads in the Ku ring gai National Park along the shores of the Berowra Waters. A picture tells a thousand words.
One of the special walks here is the Aboriginal Heritage Walk. Red hands Cave is one of its special sites . it is not known how old some of this art is but either way you are bound to be in awe of this natural Aboriginal art from the Guringai people There are impressive rock cravings and further down the track there is a historical occupation shelter. During the colder months families would lighta fire inside warming the stones and themselves.
The people of West Head were virtually decimated by an outbreak of small pox within a year of the arrival of the First Fleet.
Pause for a moment in this beautiful bushland to reflect and pay your respect.