Macquarie Pass National Park

Culture and history

Aboriginal heritage

At the time of European exploration the area of the parks was used by the Wodiwodi tribal group who moved seasonally between the coast and the highlands to obtain food. Within a short period only remnants of the original inhabitants were to be found. A number of Aboriginal sites have been recorded, consisting of artefact scatters, rock shelters with occupation deposits and art, and axe grinding grooves.

The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture - including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage.

To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.

History in the park

Historic places in the park include a number of tracks, buildings and other structures that illustrate the history of the local area from European exploration and settlement. Nurrewin is a substantial sandstone residence that demonstrates changing land use on the escarpment through the 19th and 20th centuries. The earliest Europeans to visit the area were cedar cutters in the escarpment forests during the early 1800s. Most of the cedar had been removed by 1850. Cedar cutting played a major role in the early development of the district and remaining cedar trees are therefore of cultural interest. Removal of hardwood timber continued on parts of the escarpment until the 1960s. Old roads, remains of cables and other features are reminders of former timber cutting. There are many piles of stone in the Macquarie Pass area from past track formation and paddock clearing.

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