Uncle Mark Flanders is a unique storyteller and keeps walkers enthralled with his knowledge of history.
Uncle Mark Flanders is a unique storyteller and keeps walkers enthralled with his knowledge of history.

First walk in coastal series taking off from Coffs Jetty

NORTH Coast trail walkers are encouraged to join one of the scenic coastal walks offered by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) as part of the ranger-guided Walk the Coast Series.

Coordinator Andrew Turbill said feedback from last year's inaugural series was overwhelmingly positive.

"The 2015 series consists of five walks spread between July and September, covering all the prime sections of the 67km Solitary Islands Coastal Walk between Sawtell and Red Rock," Andrew said.

"The first section kicks off this Saturday with Gumbaynggirr elder and Discovery Ranger, Uncle Mark Flanders.

"He'll lead this easy going 6.5km walk from Coffs Jetty, crossing over Diggers Headland and McCauleys Headland, before making a short detour to visit the magnificent Solitary Islands Aquarium where walkers can check out some of the local fish.

"After a leisurely lunch by the sea, the walk finishes at Norman Hill Drive, Kororo.

"Each trail has been slightly shortened this year to allow time for walkers to breathe in the magnificent awe and beauty of the coastal environment.

"Trail walkers will still get to experience the most spectacular and wildest locations along the way - windswept, scenic headlands, hidden rainforest refuges, secluded beaches and wonderful cultural and historic sites."

Each of the five track sections in the Walk the Coast Series 2015 has been designed around a unique theme.

Uncle Mark's walk this Saturday will be about exploring the deep cultural connections through time between Gumbaynggirr people and the Coffs Coast.

"When Uncle Mark takes you on a walk through Gumbaynggirr Country the experience is something you'll never forget.

"This is cultural sharing at its best and is the reason why NPWS won gold at the National Tourism Awards in 2012 for its unique cultural tourism tours.

"It makes the hairs on your neck stand up to hear Uncle Mark tell ancient dreamtime stories that likely have their origins in a time when his ancestors were living on a coastline which is now covered by 100m of sea.

"You'll never look out at our coast in the same way again."

To reserve your place, phone the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on 6657 2309.

The cost of each section of the walk is $60 for adults and $10 each child with a family rate available.

The fee includes bus transport to the start of the walk and entry to the Solitary Islands Aquarium.

Numbers are strictly limited.

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