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There were always people here: a history of Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir National Park is the state’s largest coastal park, situated on the NSW north coast between Angourie and Red Rock and east of Grafton. The park landscape has a long history of Aboriginal occupation and histories of settler Australian work, recreation and conservation. Historian Johanna Kijas has combined personal stories with documentary evidence to prepare a lively and intimate narrative of the Yuraygir landscape and people’s special attachments to this place.

The Yuraygir landscape has a vivid and diverse human history. The publication explores the ways in which:

  • Aboriginal people have retained their connections to Country
  • Settler Australians have created new lives and formed new attachments to the landscape
  • Complex historical and social forces and conflicts have shaped the creation and establishment of Yuraygir National Park and
  • Records some of the wonderfully rich memories that people have of this landscape.

There were always people here: a history of Yuraygir National Park makes a significant contribution to the integrated landscape management of this important park. It does this by providing historical context and an understanding of people’s attachments to places within the park. NPWS has done much work over the last decade to recognise, support and restore Indigenous and non-indigenous local people’s connections to special places and landscapes within NSW’s parks.

The format and structure of this publication may have been adapted for web delivery.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011