Gundabooka Glyphs

IMGP1083Gundabooka National Park near Bourke, NSW, contains some of the most striking Indigenous art works in the state. Mount Gunderbooka rises 500m above the park & is of great significance to the local Ngemba & Paakandji Aboriginal people.

The Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art site is thousands of years old. Natural materials were used to form the rock art paintings, such as pipeclay and ochre. Yappa is the Ngemba word for paintings. The Ngemba people believe the ancestral creator, Baiaime, created the landscape at Gundabooka National Park with the help from the Googa (Goanna), Thikabilla (Echidna), Ngurri (Emu) and Bundah (Kangaroo).

Byrock Rock Holes is the main site of the Ngemba people’s creation story. This is the spot where Baiame created animals and the Ngemba people. Wawai, the Rainbow Serpent, created the waterholes, and the Ngemba people followed Wawai’s tracks to find water. There is a chain of waterholes that lead from Gundabooka to Byrock.

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