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The Caves of Kulnura

tour leader

Mike Breheny

destinations

MacPherson State Forest, Caves, Sandstone ridgetop

time & date

8.30am - 4.00pm

Sunday 7th July 2024

fitness level

Hard (bush walking experience required, includes

some steep slopes, scrambling and climbing over

loose surfaces)

10 kms

ticket price

$85.00

highlights

  • Explore the caves and rocky outcrops off track in MacPherson State Forest and along an old logging trail

  • Gain an insight into the archaeology excavations conducted by Dr Val Attenbrow and colleagues during the 1970s and the geological significance of the area.

  • Indigenous uses of basalt and production of stone artefacts in Upper Mangrove Creek

 

the tour

Visit to the caves, overhangs and sandstone country around Basalt Hill and Kulnura. On this off track bush walk we visit side gullies and ridges and experience the diversity of winter flowers and rock formations. On the way we encounter shelters many surveyed by Val Attenbrow and Jo McDonald before the inundation for Mangrove Creek dam. Attenbrow documented hundreds of habitation sites and rock art motifs rendered in white clay, red ochre and charcoal in the archaeology of Upper Mangrove Creek. Enjoy an all day heritage walking adventure exploring the wilder parts of Kulnura with its unique flora and abundant birdlife.

the guide

Mike Breheny has lived in and explored the Mangrove Creek area for over 30 years gaining extensive geographical and botanical knowledge that he loves sharing with others. As an experienced outdoor guide he has led bush walks and run leadership courses in and around the Hawkesbury River and is an active member of Central Coast Birders. Mike is joined by local historian Dr Bernadette Flynn who brings a rich knowledge of the public and social history of the Mangrove Creek catchment area.

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