“What could this be?” – Athol Compton engages young and old with the ways of the bush on school holiday National Parks and Wildlife discovery tours.
“What could this be?” – Athol Compton engages young and old with the ways of the bush on school holiday National Parks and Wildlife discovery tours.

Athol leads groups on bush tucker walk

THERE'S plenty of food and an abundance of materials for the coastal lifestyle in nature’s free supermarkets everywhere – if only one knew how to look.

One person helping to open eyes to the bounty of Mother Nature is Athol Compton of the Minjungbal people, who together with Discovery rangers from National Parks and Wildlife leads adults and children on walks and activities throughout the region.

“I thoroughly enjoy it,” said Athol, “and look forward to doing it every holidays.”

Last week Athol, with ranger Brendan Taylor, took a group along North Head at Brunswick Heads on a bush tucker walk on the lookout for the aromatic little midjumberries, for warragul greens and banksia, whose nectar can be combed through the hair as a tonic.

Then pausing at a native hibiscus to learn about its astonishing range of uses, from eating the distinctive yellow flowers in salad, to using the wood for spears and the bark to make twine for baskets and netting.

After the walk, Athol and Brendan took the children down to the beach to play traditional Aboriginal games.

Bookings for National Parks and Wildlife discovery programs can be made on 6627 0200 or at www.environment.gov.nsw.au

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