EcoWalker Bush Explorer Tours

When kids join our EcoWalker Bush Explorer Tour they participate in a number of learning activities that investigates the special relationships between plants, animals and the Aboriginal People of the Sydney Harbour National Park. 

Guide shows kids how wood decays

Aboriginal Heritage

Kids participate in an Acknowledgement of Country to recognise the Borogegal Clan of the Cammeraygal People as the traditional custodians of the Middle Headland of Sydney Harbour National Park. These curious kids learn about traditional ways that the Aboriginal People used plants for food, medicinal purposes as well as tools and resources to assist them with shelter, fishing, hunting and gathering. Kids love hearing about the unique fishing culture of the Borogegal People as well as the many uses of the Green Grasstrees harvested in this area of Sydney Harbour for everyday life.

Connecting with Nature

When curious kids are out on the trail they are happily chatting about all the unique animals as they complete their scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt encourages kids to spot, tally and ask questions about a range of animals that include mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. This is so the kids develop an understanding of biodiversity as well as energy flows through the food web specific to Sydney Harbour National Park.

Two lorikeets

Also, the kids go wild when spotting the gorgeous flowering herbs, shrubs and trees along the trail. Kids will learn about the native acacias, grevilleas and eucalyptus trees as a producer of food for animals but they just get so excited when they see the huge variety of native flowering pea plant species along the trail. This includes flowering peas such as the Love Creeper, Happy Wanderer, Golden Spray, Heathy Parrot Pea, Dusky Coral and Large-Leaf Bush Pea as well as the Common Aotus. So many other wonderful wildflowers of Middle Head can be found all year round.

An entertaining educational experience in the Sydney bush. Everyone loved the details you showed us particularly the delicate wildflowers.” Camilla

Sense of Adventure

When kids take on the role of an EcoWalker Bush Explorer they actually get dirty, laugh, learn and really have a fun time outside in the bushland. They get an up close and personal look at the life cycle of a Bush Tick by making observations of ticks at different stages in life. No need to worry though, kids use a plastomount, photos and infographics to learn fun facts about ticks and how to avoid them but more importantly, what they need to do when they spot one. Also, as part of having an adventurous spirit outside in Sydney’s bushland, the kids become citizen scientists and listen to the squeaking calls of the endangered Red Crowned Toadlet. This little creature is so difficult to find, the kids get into a frenzy trying to spot one amongst the ferns as they hear the unique calling of this frog.

Searching for the Red Crowned Toadlet

Book Your Kids on Our Next EcoWalker Bush Explorer

So, whether you know kids that go crazy for the great outdoors or you want to encourage kids to learn more about the Sydney bushland or simply just need to get outside more, then the EcoWalker Bush Explorer is for them. Our staff have a passion for sharing their knowledge and understanding of the Sydney Harbour National Park and are sure to provide kids with a memorable experience that will inspire them.

Three great nature loving, informative hours for children to learn and enjoy on school holidays.” Dallas

Ever Wondered What Native Flower is That?

As a lover of all things in nature and big and small in Sydney Harbour National Park, I have developed a passion for sharing my love for all the native plants that are found on Middle Head.

Here are some of my favourite floral displays I love to show visitors on my tours. So I wonder if you too feel the same. Let’s find out.

Lilac Lily

The Lilac Lily (Schelhammera undulata) is a solitary flowering herb with pink to violet petals grow out from a stalk. This little beauty is found growing in moist sandy soil in shady places within the Sydney Harbour National Park. The Lilac Lily is in bloom July to September but you have to know where to look to find it.

Hops Bush

The Hops Bush (Dodonaea triquetra) has unusual green, 3 cornered membranous with rounded edges that resemble the fruit of the beer brewing hops species. It has slender but large leaves that are dark green with pointed tips and visible veins.

Coastal Rosemary

The Coastal Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) is a dense along exposed coastal heat, it can withstand shrub with dark green narrow pointed leaves with margins the curve downwards to channel water droplets towards the base of the plant to be soaked up by the roots. Found in shallow soilsd strong winds. Noticeable by the irregular shaped white, pink or blue flowers at the top of a well-leafed stem.

Heathy Parrot Pea

The Heathy Parrot Pea our Eggs and Bacon (Dillynia retorta) is a endemic plant to Sydney Harbour National Park. It is a dense and spreading twiggy shrub that grows to a height of upto 2m it thrives in heath shrub land on sandy soil. Vibrant yellow ear-like flowers bloom in clusters during the months of July to November that have a scarlet centre.

Prickly Moses

The Prickly Moses (Acacia ulicifolia) is a wattle that grows in open forest, woodlands and heath on sandy soils with low fertility. Flowers are pale cream sphere-like heads on long stems beyond the reach of the prickly needle-like leaves that defies the touch.

Sunshine Wattle

Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis) is endangered due to habit loss and competing invasive plant species. However, there are still individual plants still situated throughout the park and with ongoing conservation efforts from local community groups and such as Mosman High School Enviro Group in partnership with NSW Parks and Taronga Zoo, the number of individual plants are increasing. A unique wattle that is a the forefront of conservationist’s minds.

Sydney Golden Wattle

The Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia) has yellow flowers resembling balls are grouped together along the stalk that gives a cylindrical appearance. The  long leathery leaves are not leaves, rather, phyllodes with longitudinal veins that run through them. Phyllodes do not have stomata or pores as true leaves do. This is so moisture is not lost through transpiration during dry conditions. 

Wallum Heath

The Wallum Heath (Epacris pulchella) is a native plant found throughout sandstone heath that has a sticky appearance with gorgeous white to deep pink flowers along its stem. A pleasant display of flowers among the heath landscape of Sydney Harbour National Park bushland.

Common Aotus

The Common Aotus (Aotus ericoides) is found all along the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) landscapes within Sydney Harbour National Park. This flowering shrub loves shallow sandy soil usually along sandstone gullies with an abundance of sunlight.

Love Creeper

The Love Creeper (Glycine clandestina) is a climber with a very slim stalk that has 3 leaflets growing out from a short stalk. The flowers are petite with shades of purple to mauve that vary in shape and size. Similar to other pea flowers.

Happy Wanderer

The Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia violacea) is a climbing vine with small bright purple flowers that are pea shaped with alternating leathery leaves that are dark green and oval shaped.

Flannel Flower

The Flannel Flower (Actinotus helanthi) is endemic to Sydney Harbour National Park and blooms between September to April. It gets its name from the woolly-like hairs and fluffy tuffs that appear all over the plant and the creamy white flower blooms on top.

Although I have selected these plant species to showcase to visitors, there are so many other unique and gorgeous flowering plants located in Sydney Harbour National Park.

For further information, I recommend Australian Plant Society NSW.

School Holiday Bush Explorers

Here is a way to keep the kids busy this school holidays!

During this upcoming school holidays EcoWalks Tours is hosting a Bush Explorers Day.

This day offers children aged 8 to 12 years old meaningful learning experiences about the local ecosystems and biodiversity in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Only 12 places available this school holidays on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

Book now to avoid disappointment!