Culture and heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Wollumbin (Mount Warning)

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Why is it an Aboriginal Place?

The nomination of Wollumbin as an Aboriginal Place recognises the special significance of Wollumbin for the Bundjalung people of the Tweed valley. Wollumbin, particularly the mountain summit, is considered to hold special significance for the Bundjalung community who have been actively involved in the management of the national park for more than 10 years.

Why is it important to Aboriginal people?

The very summit of Wollumbin is nominated for listing as an Aboriginal Place in recognition of its significance and the important role it had in past traditional customs and practices. It is considered sacred to Aboriginal elders, past and present, and the broader Aboriginal community.

Statement of special significance

The values associated with the special significance of Wollumbin to Aboriginal culture include, but are not limited to, the area demonstrating a continuous history of Aboriginal settlement and cultural activity from the past, through the contact period and to the present day. Local Aboriginal people have a strong spiritual and emotional attachment to the area and it is important in the cultural life of many people.

What's on the ground?

Wollumbin-Mount Warning is a regional icon; it rises dramatically from the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park (formerly known as Mount Warning National Park) to a height of 1,157m above sea level. Wollumbin is a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano. This spectacular feature can be viewed from a range of vantage points in the surrounding massive crater, The Tweed Caldera, one of the largest and best examples of an erosion caldera in the world.

Nature of the environment

Wollumbin National Park  is used for conservation purposes to protect its natural and cultural values.

What's the land used for?

The Wollumbin Aboriginal Place nomination boundary covers an area of approximately 47.29 hectares of the Wollumbin National Park (total area 4,117 hectares).

Land status

The recommended Aboriginal Place is positioned entirely within the Wollumbin National Park  boundary and covers the summit of the mountain.


Page last updated: 07 January 2015