Sacred sites

Connection to Mother Earth

Aboriginal Sacred Sites are areas, places and landmarks of significant meaning and past cultural connections to Aboriginal people’s ancestors, who lived wholly and solely off the land, rivers and sea for over 60,000 years. For all these years prior to European settlement, Aboriginal people retained a healthy respect for Mother Earth and all living creatures, as this was their only source of food, shelter, medicine, weapons and ultimate survival. Many sacred traditions and customs took place at these sites. Male sites were forbidden to women (men's business e.g. initiations of boys to men) and female sites were forbidden to men (women's business e.g. birthing sites).

Sacred Aboriginal places

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) defines an Aboriginal Place as an area that "is or was of special significance with respect to Aboriginal culture". Before this concept was presented, it was only Aboriginal relics and artefacts for physical remains such as scar trees, rock art, stone tools and shell middens were protected under the Act.

Aboriginal Places are areas of significant cultural heritage to Aboriginal People due to the spiritual, ceremonial, historical, social, and/or educational values.

Some significant Aboriginal Places in Lake Macquarie include:

Note about location information

Location information for some Aboriginal Places (e.g. burial grounds and sacred sites) have been generalised because of their cultural sensitivity.

If an activity or development is proposed that may potentially impact on or harm (i.e. damage, deface or destroy) an Aboriginal Place, then proponents must undertake a search for the exact boundaries of Aboriginal Places through AHIMS Web Services.

Page last updated: 24 October 2015