Gulaga Aboriginal interpretive signs

Gulaga Aboriginal interpretive signs were commissioned in 2014 to tell the story of Gulaga Mountain and its importance to the Yuin nation.

Aboriginal interpretive signs project

  • Biamanga & Gulaga Boards of Management with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
  • 3 signs mounted in a shelter to form one continuous panel. As the return walk up Gulaga Mountain goes through private land we were also contracted to developed a wayfinding sign for the beginning of the walk.
  • word count
  • Research, identify themes, write stories, meet with stakeholders, image search, mapping, illustration and design
  • July 2014

Connected in cultural mythology – Gulaga Mountain

In 2006 the Yuin Bangurri (Mountain) Parks were “handed back” to their traditional owners, the Yuin (Djuwin) people. After 30 years of lobbying and protes government authorities and the local communities came to realise the traditional significance of Gulaga and Mumbulla Mountains and the surrounding landscape to the Yuin people.

Gulaga Mountain is a sacred place for the Yuin as their place of origin. The granite tors on Gulaga Mountain are a sacred women’s place. It is home to ancestral spirits who imbue the land and waters with power and meaning. It is home to the ‘Dulagal’, the supernatural beings who inhabit the trees, rocks and caves on the mountain and look after country. The park is valued as part of a larger social and cultural complex which included Najanuka (Little Dromedary), Baranguba (Montague Island) and Umbarra (Merriman’s Island) in Wallaga Lake.

At 800m high, the granite landmark, Gulaga Mountain, commands an amazing view of the surrounding pastures, coastal lakes and ocean. Known to the Yuin (pronounced ba-ju-in) people as Mother Mountain, she is a reliable harbinger of local weather.

“Gulaga is my anchor to home,” says Yuin elder Iris White, who grew up in the small, close-knit community of Wallaga Lake, in the shadow of Gulaga. Like previous generataions of her people, who stretch back some 20,000 years, Iris grew up knowing that she has a spiritual connection to Gulaga.

The 5 hour return walk is well worth the effort. The view from the top is spectacular and reward the visitor with breathtaking views across to Montague Island (Baranguba).

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