Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Macksville / Gumbaynggirr

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The musical gum leaf

Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Rose Boston has been playing the gumleaf as a musical instrument all of her life. In this story Aunty Rose explains the cultural significance of the gumleaf and why it is important to ensure future generations continue the tradition of gumleaf playing. As a special treat, Aunty Rose also provides a gumleaf soundtrack. To experience the luscious country of Macksville, come and feed the ducks and have a picnic at the breathtaking lily pond in Dawkins Park.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Rose Boston for her time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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The three peaks of Yarrahapinni

Yarrahapinni pronounced Yarriabini in Gumbaynggirr – The Ya-rr-i-a-bini mountain peaks host spectacular views of the Nambucca Valley. Uncle Gary Williams, a senior linguist and teacher with Muurrbay Language and Culture Centre describes how the three peaks of Yarriabini came to exist. To enjoy spectacular views of mountains and the sea, take a trip up Mt Yarrahapinni to Yarriabini Lookout where you can experience the spiritual connection of the local Aboriginal people.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Gary Williams for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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