Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground

We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live - the darkinjung people and the Guringai people. It is upon their ancestral lands that Pretty Beach House stands amongst the ancient angophoras, wild bush tucker and sandstone cliffs. 

We offer our respect to their Elders both past and present.

Over 100 significant Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the Bouddi National Park and many more sites are likely to exist. Sites include rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits. Aboriginal sites provide a valuable insight into traditions, lifestyles and interaction with the environment and are an important part of our culture.

The word Bouddi is the local Aboriginal name for the area and has become synonymous with the national park and the surrounding lands. It has various meanings in Aboriginal languages, however is most commonly known to mean 'heart'. A number of Aboriginal place names are still in use today including Bombi Point, Gerrin Point, Kourung Gourong Point and Mourawaring Point.

Exposed areas of Hawkesbury sandstone provided an ideal 'canvas' for Aboriginal artists. Figures most commonly depicted in engravings on the Bouddi Peninsula are fish, whales and shields. The engravings were probably made by first drawing the outline of a figure with charcoal or ochre, then using a hard pointed stone to peck a series of holes along the outline. Some figures can still be found at this stage of preparation, but in most cases the stone between the holes was rubbed away, either when the engraving was first made or during later visits.

To celebrate our heritage and our indigenous peoples, we are proud to offer an Indigenous smoking ceremony incorporating dance & didgeridoo around the fire, to all of our guests. Learn ancient dreamtime stories told by traditional elders, hear the sounds of the didgeridoo and clappers and watch on as the performance unfolds. The ceremony offers guests time to reflect on the true spirit of our country. 

 


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