North Sydney is rich in Aboriginal culture and history.The original occupants of this region, the Cammeraygal lived along the foreshores and in the bushland, cliffs and rock overhangs before the arrival of the Europeans.
The landscapes of foreshore areas such as Balls Head, Berry Island, Kirribilli, Cammeray and Cremorne are dotted with the cultural remains of the Cammeraygal and tell their story even though the people themselves have been displaced.
The Gadyan Track on Berry Island tells part of the stories and legends of the Cammeraygal. Gadyan is the Aboriginal name for the Sydney Cockle, a shellfish common in middens on the island. The Gadyan Track is a 750-metre, easy-grade, signposted (five signs) bushland walking track which loops around Berry Island. While portraying specific information regarding these sites, the walk places Aboriginal cultural heritage in both a traditional and contemporary context.
As an area containing some of the remaining evidence of thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation on the lower north shore of Sydney Harbour, it leaves visitors with a strong impression of the traditional life of the Cammeraygals. We hope that the track will encourage new attitudes towards Aboriginal heritage.