Wollemi National Park

Aboriginal heritage

The area that is now Wollemi National Park was occupied by Aboriginal people for at least 12,000 years before European settlement. Evidence of this occupation includes open campsites, rock engravings, burial sites, scarred trees, ceremonial grounds, stone arrangements and grinding grooves. There are around 120 known Aboriginal sites in the park and probably many more yet to be discovered.

Aboriginal sites and places are important to Aboriginal people for social, spiritual, historical and commemorative reasons. Aboriginal culture is deeply linked to the entire environment – plants, animals and landscape.

The land and waterways are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. This cultural learning links Aboriginal people with who they are and where they belong.

Aboriginal sites are also important to non-Aboriginal people as evidence of a highly organised and spiritual culture. The Wiradjuri, Windradyne, Wanaruah, Darkinjung and Daruk (Darug) Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups are involved with Wollemi National Park. The Darug Peoples Memorandum Of Understanding acknowledges that the Darug people have a strong and ongoing cultural association with their traditional lands and waters (Country).