The first Indigenous people

The first people arrived in Australia between 50 -60,000 years ago. When they arrived by boat Australia was home to giant marsupials and Goannas that were about 5 times the size of Komodo dragons. This was the Dreamtime. The first Human footsteps were in the Kimberly’s.

Some scientists believe that human involvement is responsible for the extinction of giant animals others blame the ice age. Rock paintings have been found that were done as early as the last ice age.

Aboriginal Australians ancestors have seen many climate and physical changes to the land and sea and were once able to walk to Tasmania. At the ice age peak the seas fell hundreds of meters so they would have hunted in areas that are now deep underwater.

The Aborigines of Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Creek

View from the mouth of Tellabudgera riverThe Aborigines of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast had wonderful lives. Many, many years ago the climbed Burleigh hill and collected many types of edible plants and hunted small animals.

They also ate an abundance of seafood caught on Burleigh beach and the Tallebudgera Creek. Legend has it that the aborigines were friends with the dolphins and they worked together in harmony to catch fish.

The aboriginal people would run nets across the the Creek near the mouth of the river where it meets the ocean and the dolphins would chase schools of fish towards the nets. The dolphins would then be rewarded with a hearty meal of fish.

The Aboriginals would light campfires along protected beaches at the river mouth and eat a smorgasbord of delicacies including  fish, crabs, pipies, oysters and the edible plants and roots they collected on Burleigh hill.

After their meals the elders would tell fantastic aboriginal dreamtime stories to the young as they gazed up at the star filled sky.