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The Goolimbil Walkabout is positively Vaudevillian! What a wonderful show! Ronnie the indigenous guide and Neil the naturalist are a magnificent team!
Neil is natural showman and a knowledgeable naturalist. He’s a local with great pride in his hometown’s national parks, which have been his backyard for his entire life. He knows each bird, reptile and mammal in the area and I don’t mean by species… he knows them as individuals.
Ronnie generously shares his knowledge of indigenous hunting and gathering traditions, as well as the wisdom of bush medicines, but it’s his insights into sacred sites and the language of tree scarification that makes this trip truly unique.
There are quirky delights for kids and there’s plenty of meat on the bone for grown ups—there is something for everyone in this slow stroll through the Eurimbula National Park.
For me it was learning that when Cook landed in 1770 there were around 65,000 people living in harmony and abundance between Bundaberg and Gladstone. That’s half as many people as live in the same area now! The common language that united this tribe (or mob) was the Gooreng Gooreng language and it was spoken from Bundaberg to Gladstone and inland to Eidsvoid and Monto.
I feel utterly ignorant as I admit that I had no idea that the original inhabitants of the nation that I call home were once so prodigious and I am reminded and saddened by my legacy.
Neil Mergard has put this walkabout together because he’s passionate about its importance. It has been designed in consultation with local elders and its final format has their blessing.
So don’t miss the show!
You can book this trip at the Beach Club reception. Just dial 9 from your room or give us a call on 07-4974-7355.
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