Summary: A short off-track walk in Berowra Heights, exploring towering cliffs and weathered caves

I’ve met a few avid bushwalkers over the last few weeks, who have shared with me some of the Aboriginal heritage sites they have discovered: today I’m heading out to Berowra to meet Matt Niven, and Matt Urmenyhazi. Matt U, a Sydney tour guide, is showing me around his “office”! The start of the short, off-track walk starts with a nice view over Berowra Creek.

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The route soon drops below some magnificent sandstone cliffs…

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…where huge caves and overhangs tower above us, weathered by thousands of years of wind and rain.

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The walk goes under and through a number of low overhangs and caves, whch probably provided shelter to the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

Matt points out a native wasp nest near the ground, made by one of the 35 native species of paper wasp found in Australia. The nest is constructed from a delicate papery material that the wasps form by scraping tiny shavings of wood from old fence posts and rotten branches, which is then mixed with saliva. The queen wasp lays a single egg in each chamber or cell.

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There’s more caves and low shelters, with Matt pointing out where evidence of previous Aboriginal occupation can still be seen.

It’s only a short walk and we’re soon back at the car – but it’s a nice reminder of how lucky we are to have such beautiful places in our backyard!

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