Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

 


Killalea State Park would like to acknowledge the tradition custodians of this land. We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal elders past and present from the Dharawal and Yuin nations and all Aboriginal people who visit Killalea State Park.

The Aboriginal name for the land where Killalea State Park is situated is Araringong, meaning ‘swamp between Bass Point and Minnamurra’.

 The park was used by the Aboriginal community for its abundant food and resources, especially shell fish. The park is culturally significant to the Aboriginal community, as important sites are still present and resources found within continue to be utilised by the Aboriginal community.

The Scar Tree located at the entrance of the park was originally from Dunmore, NSW. The scars on the Forest Red Gum tree indicate the use of natural resources by the Aboriginal community in the area. The cultural practice of removing bark form a tree did not kill
 it, but left a scar.

The bark, once removed from trees, was used by the Aboriginal community to make shields, canoes, coolamons and for shelter.

 


 The area around the Scar Tree is a cultural education precinct where visitors to the park can learn about the local Aboriginal history.