I must admit I took one or two photos while walking the trail so there is always more to come!
When visiting Purnululu National Park, we must not forget the Aboriginal Australians who have lived in the Ord River region for at least 40,000 years. They have left about 200 sites of rock art and burial within the Park.
“Those people have a hunter-gatherer culture. They moved from the desert to the uplands in the wet season, to foothill pools after the rains and along the river in the dry season, where they can find food and shelter.
Aboriginal religious belief is based on Nature and their surroundings. They see the landscape as an embodiment of spiritual and cultural values: as a record of the creation, past history, past ancestors, their laws and ceremonies and traditional food production and networks of exchange.
This belief enabled the Aborigines in this area to survive the impact of colonisation by pastoralists who started to arrive in the area after 1884, taking up 50,000-300,000 ha leases on the native lands.
By 1902 there were nearly 50,000 head of livestock on the Ord River grasslands. Then in 1885 there was a gold rush at Hall's Creek, 100 km to the south, bringing an influx of miners.
The Aboriginals suffered from introduced diseases, murder, erosive destruction of waterholes and riverbanks by overgrazing and received only food in payment for work. To stop livestock raiding, the government provided some refuges and food but did not stop the dispossession until the 1970s.
In Western Australia where 40 per cent of mining rights could fall subject to native title claims, the government legislated to extinguish native titles as late as the 1990s, offering "rights to traditional usage" of land instead.” (Source: www.unep-wcmc.org/.../2011/.../Purnululu%20National%20Park.pdf)
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Purnululu national park
BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE