|It’s been a long time coming to acknowledge and recognise the Cultural importance of the Gold Coast region.|
|The whole area is steeped in aboriginal history, including many of the mountain peaks in the hinterland, the Cougals being one example.|
|When you read exerts from John Oxley’s writings, it’s only then that you truly realise the impact that the ‘timber getters’ and the European settlers had on this locality and how much of the Aboriginal Culture was lost or pushed aside|
|By the 1850’s many of the local tribes had been driven out of the area or broken up and some of their culture lost.
|With that said it’s great news to see the former Burleigh Headland Information Centre now take on a new lease of life and become the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tours & information Hub ‘Jellurgal’ the traditional name for Burleigh Headland.|
Many Gold Coasters have walked this Headland many times, but few are aware of the mystic past of the creation of this mountain, known to us as Burleigh Headland… fewer still know the legend of Jellurgal, it’s a fascinating story of the dreamtime.
Once you hear it the walking trails upper and lower will take on a different meaning, including the large six sided basalt boulders that are seen from the ocean circuit.
I’m not going to tell you the story here, I will leave that for your walking tour of Jellurgal.
Jellurgal Cultural Centre
In their brochure they state, “The Centre is designed for international travellers, interstate visitors and locals wishing to learn more about the Aboriginal history of the region’.
I personally believe that all Gold Coasters should be aware of the Aboriginal history of the locality; there are a number of sites around Burleigh Heads with historical significance for all cultures.
Recently I visited the centre and was impressed with what is presented, the entrance way is lined with large posters of the fascinating history of the early days both Aboriginal and early settlers entwined together, it’s an absorbing read…
In addition Jingi Café serves coffee, tea and snacks. Visitors are also encouraged to share the resources and reference materials and historical materials available.
While looking around you will see many traditional Aboriginal artefacts and items for sale, some of these are created by in-house artists.
There are a couple of tours where you are taken to some culturally significant sites on Burleigh Headland, along with visiting one of the best Australian Wildlife Parks on the Gold Coast.
This is all combined with a board walk through mangroves, an area of great importance to Yugambeh Aboriginal people. Large festivals were associated with this area.
This tour will greatly enrich your perspective and appreciation of the Gold Coast region; it will add another dimension.
The Gold Coast is known as one of Australia’s leading playgrounds, but there is so much more…check out their website Jellurgal Cultural Centre, at this link…
Jellurgal Cultural Centre
1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Qld Australiaplan a visit soon …
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Experience the Gold Coast on foot….