Dharawal National Park is a beautiful natural wonder and one of Sydney’s most treasured destinations. The rugged landscape offers so much to explore and discover the park’s hidden gems, making it an ideal location for a day trip away from the city.
What was once a state conservation area has since grown to be an iconic park after its official opening in 2012.
Dharawal National Park Camping, Walks & Waterfall Map, Wedderburn
The park was given its present name as it is the traditional land of the Dharwal people, part of the Aboriginal community. The special bond between the Dharawal people and the land, its waterways, and flora and fauna, is evident as it features in almost all aspects of the Aboriginal culture. As such, there are several protected sites on the location where ancient drawings and carvings are preserved. Exploring these sites gives a glimpse into the ways of the traditional community that once resided on the land.
In addition to visiting the Aboriginal sites, there is so much to do and see at the Dharawal National Park. Bushwalking is a favourite activity at the park, and there are many tracks to enjoy. Take on the Minerva Pool Walking track – with a distance of 2.4 kilometres return and offering some of the most amazing views at the park.
Note that Minerva Pool is considered a sacred place for the women of the Aboriginal Dharawal community and only women and kids may enter its waters. Other walking tracks include the Jingga walking track and the O’Hares Creek lookout walking track. Cyclists will also enjoy the 10B cycling trail that provides easy cycling options. Maddens Falls is the perfect reward after hours of walking or cycling and is an idyllic spot for birdwatching.
Dharawal National Park can be accessed from the entries at the following spots: Madden Falls, the 10B trail as well as the entrance from Victoria Road.