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Aboriginal Heritage


Long before the first Europeans passed through the Southern Highlands in 1798, this area was part of the lands occupied by the Gundungurra people, whose territory ranged from Cox’s River and Warragamba in the north, to Goulburn in the south. Within the Gundungurra area there were a number of bands of aboriginal people, the group that lived in the surrounding area being variously known as the Bong Bong, Sutton Forest or Throsby’s tribe. A focus of their day-to-day lives was the Wingecarribee River where they camped, fished for eels and hunted kangaroos from the enormous mobs that once grazed the open grasslands along the riverbank.