Culture and history
Broken Head Nature Reserve is within the land of the Arakwal people, of the Bundjalung tribal group, which extends from Byron Bay south to Ballina and inland to Woodburn, Coraki and Lismore.
The dreamtime story of 'Three Sisters Rock' tells of three sisters bathing off the headland. One became caught in a strong current. The other sisters swam to save her but were also swept away. Bundjalung people told this story to their children as a warning, for if they swam here they too would drown and be turned to stone.
The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture - including recreational, ceremonial and spiritual, as well as being a 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.