All welcome at Boonalla Aboriginal Area BBQ

Gunnedah and surrounding communities are invited to explore the beautiful Boonalla Aboriginal Area and enjoy a free BBQ on Sunday 18 June.

Boonalla Aboriginal Area

National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Blake McCarthy said the Boonalla co-management committee was keen to show the local community this special place, only 20 minutes from Gunnedah.

“Boonalla is a special place for many people, in particular the Gomeroi people whose ancestors have lived in the area since time immemorial. Over 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded across the 2,000 hectare reserve, including artefact scatters, scarred trees, stone arrangements, a stone axe and traditional resources such as bush tucker plants.

“Boonalla has something for everyone, it’s a really nice, peaceful spot with a huge range of wildlife and plants and interesting geology such as caves and spectacular granite formations. It’s a great place to come for a day out, bring the family and have a picnic, there are toilet and BBQ facilities.

“For those feeling adventurous only moderate fitness is required to walk the Boonalla Cave Track, and if you want to explore further the mountain range is incredible, rising from dry rainforest gullies to open granite tops that give superb views of the surrounding areas.

“The Boonalla Co-management Committee is hosting the BBQ to increase local awareness of Boonalla, share cultural knowledge and encourage people to visit and learn about the area.

“The BBQ will include kangaroo and emu to try, as well as more traditional fare.

“This is an open invitation to the whole community and everyone is welcome,” Mr McCarthy said.

The event is on at the Boonalla Aboriginal Area Visitor Area, 20 minutes north of Gunnedah off the Kelvin Road at 1pm on Sunday 18 June 2017. RSVPs appreciated on 0472 835066.