Walking Barangaroo

Walking Barangaroo

A walk through history at Barangaroo

A walk through Barangaroo Reserve reveals the importance of Sydney Harbour to the First Peoples of Australia.

Environmental educator Clarence Slockee leads a team of Aboriginal guides who take visitors on walking tours around the remarkable 6-hectare headland.

“It’s Sydney’s only purely native parkland,” explains Clarence.

“The headland is built from Sydney sandstone, with the pre-1788 shoreline re-imagined with engineering. I love the uniqueness of the space.

“The sandstone shoreline has rock pools full of marine ecology. I see more molluscs, algae and fish on every walk. It’s really something to experience that life returning to this place in such a short period of time.”

More than 2 and a half million people have already visited since Barangaroo Reserve opened to the public in 2015.

“We’ve had visitors from around the world, from the Governor of NSW, Arsenal football players, even tennis star Rafael Nadal. I like seeing Sydneysiders discover this place and some of its stories,” says Clarence.

Clarence says he spots new flora and fauna each time he walks around the reserve, which is home to more than 75,000 native Australian trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

“Sydney wattles are going gangbusters down here right now. They’re a prolific calendar plant for Aboriginal people along the east coast of Australia, the wattle seed can be used as food, as well as tools and weapons from the timbers, and even uses for the sap and leaves.”

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Image: Clarence Slockee (right) with a guest at Barangaroo. Courtesy of Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

Last updated: Thursday, 24 August 2017