Gundabooka National Park

A beautiful national park just south of Bourke in Western NSW.  Rich in the aboriginal culture and history of the Ngemba people.

Red soil roads get you through and Gundabooka NP. The landscape is diverse.  Creeks were full of tadpoles and some nearly to be frogs.  The deep blue skies with a hint of rain in the distance created a wonderful backdrop for driving, walking and feeling the spirit of this park.

 

 

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Mungo – a meeting place

Lake Mungo

Mungo National Park in south-western NSW (see map) has an ancient heritage.  Evidence of early inhabitants who lived and cared for this land over 45000 years ago were discovered here. This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.

Today three Aboriginal traditional tribal groups care for Mungo.  The Paakantji/Barkindji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people walk here in their ancestors’ footsteps.

Mungo is a part of the bigger Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.  The landscape was very different in earlier times.  The lakes were full, the land abundant with wallaby and the lakes with shellfish.

Mungo is a special place with the land resting more easily now since the pastoralists have moved on.

mobile sand dune Mungo NP walls of China Mungo NP

Wandjina Art – Raft Point

the Worrorra, Wunambal  and Ngarinyin people say that the Wandjina are the creator beings of the Dreaming

they made the world and all it contains

this art captures the spirit of these beliefs

Mitchell Plateau (Ngauwudu) and Falls (Punamii-unpuu) in the Kimberley

traditional lands of the the Worrora, Wunambal-Gaambera and Ngarinyin Aboriginal peoples

115 300 hectares of pure remoteness

rainforest patches

fan palms

open woodlands

pandanus and paperbarks along the creeks

mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians

Vansittart Bay Art & Nature

A small and remote bay in the Kimberley is where you find Jar Island and the outstanding and old Gwion Gwion art.  It could be 50000 years old.  Aboriginal legend attributes the creation of the art to birds.

The dating of the Gwion Gwion art is controversial.  No pigment actually remains on the rock surface, making carbon dating impossible.  However a fossilised wasp nest covers part of the paintings and this was carbon dated in 1996.  It was dated at over 17000 years old.

Standing near the Gwion Gwion art, whether they are 17000 or 50000 years old, is a humbling experience.

Time stands still here.

Purnululu National Park & Bungle Bungle Range

sandstone

360 million years old

traditional owners, the Kiji people

a World Heritage Listed site

The Kimberley – Lake Argyle & the Ord River

The Kimberley, is an immensely rich landscape in its vastness, indigenous culture, mineral wealth and sheer beauty.

It is a landscape of colour and mood.  It has an enduring spirit of an old and experienced land. 

This is the first blog in a series on the Kimberley (see locational map).

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