World Heritage Day celebrated
DORRIGO’S unique World Heritage rainforest was the focus of a number of celebrations yesterday.
Not only was it World Heritage Day, an exclusive club of which Dorrigo National Park has been a member for 25 years, but it was also the 20th anniversary of the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre itself.
And what better way to mark the occasion than a free feast of bush tucker.
School holiday crowds were treated to samples of emu sausages, kangaroo steak, buffalo burgers, crocodile risotto and kebabs plus much more.
Canopy Café owner Wolfgang Zichy said the idea was to show people that bush foods could be prepared in thousands of ways.
“We sourced the ingredients from all over Australia and then set about creating interesting blends of flavours,” Mr Zichy said.
Apprentice chef Emily Johnson said she was fascinated by the possibilities for preparing the food.
“I wouldn’t have known what to do with it,” Ms Johnson said.
“But the results are delicious and people have been really keen to try things – it’s great watching their faces light up with enjoyment at some of the flavours.”
Rainforest Centre manager Kathryn Wood said thanks to Federal Government Heritage Week funding, the national park was able to offer two free tours every day of the holidays, including public holidays, until April 26.
“Australia was once part of the ancient Gondwana continent,” Ms Wood said.
“When it separated and floated off, it took ancient flora and fauna with it.
"These holidays are celebrating how significant and precious that is and our role in caring for it.”
In the past 20 years the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre had continued to reinvent itself, she said.
“Now I consider we are both a rainforest and cultural centre and very connected with the local community.”
The free guided walks depart from the Skywalk courtyard at 11.15am and 1.45pm daily.
For more information about national parks school holiday activities go to www.wildwildworld.com.au.