Garigal National Park

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Garigal National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Garigal National Park.jpg
View of Middle Harbour
Garigal National Park is located in New South Wales
Garigal National Park
Garigal National Park
State New South Wales
Nearest town or city Sydney
Coordinates 33°42′21″S 151°14′11″E / 33.70583°S 151.23639°E / -33.70583; 151.23639Coordinates: 33°42′21″S 151°14′11″E / 33.70583°S 151.23639°E / -33.70583; 151.23639
Area 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi)
Established 19 April 1991 (1991-04-19)
Managing authorities National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)
Aboriginal rock carving near Bantry Bay
A Brushturkey in the bush west of Seaforth

Garigal National Park is a national park in New South Wales (Australia), 20 km north of central Sydney. The park is somewhat disjointed but covers the following areas:

There are trails in this park popular with bushwalkers and mountain bike riders, particularly between Belrose and St Ives in an area known as Cascades after the Cascades Track that runs through here. Others trails include the Heath Track and Bare Creek Track.

Name and Aboriginal heritage[edit]

The name Garigal is taken from the clan of the Ku-ring-gai aboriginal tribe that had lived in that area in times past.[1]

The Guringai people have been custodians of the land in Garigal National Park for thousands of years and this connection and legacy is evident throughout the park. Garigal National Park has extensive Aboriginal art sites, with over 100 Aboriginal sites recorded to date, including cave art, rock engravings, shelters, middens and grinding grooves.[2]

Fauna[edit]

Garigal National Park is home to a wide range of fauna, including birds, snakes and a wide range of native mammals (such as bandicoots, koalas, wallabies).[2]

There is also a number of introduced pests, including rabbits and foxes.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Tim J. (15 November 1991). "Nattai National Park Bill". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Garigal National Park". National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ [1] "Sydney North Region Pest Management Strategy" page 10

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