Birubi Point | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Birubi Point

Item details

Name of item: Birubi Point
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Burial
Location: Lat: -32.786833 Long: 152.080159
Primary address: , Anna Bay, NSW 2301
Local govt. area: Port Stephens
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Worimi
Hectares (approx): 56
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 Anna BayPort Stephens  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Why is it an Aboriginal Place?
Birubi Point Aboriginal Place was a traditional Aboriginal ceremonial and a burial site.

Why is it important to Aboriginal people?
In pre-1788 times, Birubi Point Aboriginal Place was an important burial and ceremonial site for the traditional Worimi Aboriginal people. The ceremonial site is believed to be associated with men's' ceremonies. A story about an important Worimi warrior is also associated with the site.

Today, Birubi Point Aboriginal Place is a site with extensive archaeological material important for teaching current and future generations about Birubi ancestors and local Aboriginal culture.
Date significance updated: 08 May 15
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Physical description: What's on the ground?
Birubi Point Aboriginal Place and surrounding areas have been highly developed and as a result there are several car parks, roads, paths, infrastructure, a surf club and residential developments. According to investigations, a number of these developments have been built over Aboriginal archaeological materials and sites. However, some sites can still be located including, middens and open campsites. An Aboriginal burial is also located at Birubi Point Aboriginal Place.

Nature of the environment
Remaining stabilised dune systems and weathering bedrock at Birubi Point Aboriginal Place are home to bitou bush and native vegetation such as banksias, tea trees, and some introduced grasses.
Further information: Located predominantly within Tomaree National Park
Current use: Recreational activities. A portion of the area falls within the Tomaree National Park and is used for both conservational and recreational purposes.


Historical notes: With a majority of the land falling within Crown land, the area is largely used for recreational activities such as cycling, skating, surfing, swimming, and includes a nearby play park and picnic area. A portion of the area falls within the Tomaree National Park and is used for both conservational and recreational purposes.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Aboriginal cultures and interactions with other cultures-Activities associated with maintaining, developing, experiencing and remembering Aboriginal cultural identities and practices, past and present. Aboriginal Culture-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
NPW Act - Aboriginal Place  20 Apr 07 542425

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
ElectronicNSW Government Gazette2007Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5062849
File number: 07/18962 & DOC 07/50249 & DOC1

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