I recommend a family walk up Munibung Hill, says father of four

I recommend a family walk up Munibung Hill, says father of four

This is the kind of story Munibung Hill Conservation Society loves to post.  With words and pictures stay-at-home dad Anthony Wood tells of the day in August when he took his four boisterous children for an adventure on the hill we are aiming to protect and preserve for families like his and for all children for all time.

Munibung Hill being 251 millions years old contains geological stories dating back to Gondwanaland days.  And storylines of aboriginal culture dating back thousands of years.  The geodiversity and the biodiversity and the deep cultural ancestry (1) contained within the Munibung Hill landscape provides our children with fantastic opportunities to explore time from our deep past to the present day.

It is our hope that in the not too distant future, as families walk selected trails on Munibung Hill, they will be able to read interpretation boards and learn about the history that is currently hidden from view.

Munibung Hill was a place for Bora and ceremonies, a place where Ochre was collected, a place where Stone arrangements were once erected and a place for watching over the surrounding landscape from the ridgelines.

If when we walk we can now and then pause for a moment, take in the beauty of the bush and reflect on the fact that without doubt: Today we walk where once they walked (2), that would help this generation appreciate something of the depth of our association with this land that has endured across countless generations.

Thank you to Anthony for taking the time to write and post these words and images. Good news is worth sharing. For the full story go to   https://newywithkids.com.au/enjoy-a-family-walk-up-munibung-hill/

Research over the last 12 months has confirmed that people have been exploring Munibung Hill for years – in more recent times, posting their experiences on the internet.  This one caught our eye. From the Speers Point Public School Principal, Chris Payne’s Blog (October 15, 2013) we learn that …

‘Earlier this week a few brave souls ventured up on to Munibung Hill for some of the filming of “Where on Earth is Speers Point” ‘. There are two pictures at this link:     https://speerspointps.wordpress.com/category/posts/page/5/

  1.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5936893/
  2. translated into Awabakal language this reads: Bangayi ngayin bibayilin, yurakida bara bibayinan.