A beautiful walking track leads through the Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area, which contains six significant cultural reserves as well as picnic areas and opportunities for birdwatching.
When it was established in 2005, the Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area had previously been a significant ceremonial and gathering place for the indigenous people of the Kamilaroi (Gomeroi, Gamileroi, Gamileraay) tribe. Today, it’s a peaceful spot that’s scattered throughout the small town of Terry Hie Hie, which is also known as Terry Hie Hie.
At least 240 axe-grinding grooves and the remains of a corroboree ground are evidence of the area’s long-term use, according to the archaeologists. A bora, several carved trees, scarred trees, and two Aboriginal cemeteries can all be found in the surrounding area, among other things. Visits from members of the local community and descendants of the Kamilaroi People are frequent for reasons such as cultural enrichment, recreation, and education.
Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area is home to a diverse range of native wildlife, including woodland birds, mammals, and reptiles, all of which can be found in abundance. These can often be found in dense stands of cypress pine and silver leaf ironbark woodland, where they thrive.
Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area also has an innovative educational program that provides teachers and students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the language, history, and culture of the Kamileroi people, as well as their own culture.
A living link that connects successive generations
Tradition has it that the lands surrounding Terry Hie Hie were once used for important ceremonial events by the Kamilaroi Aboriginal People. The Aboriginal area includes a corroboree ground as well as at least 240 axe-grinding grooves that have been in use for many generations and are still in use today. European farmers first arrived in the area in the 1830s, but after a few skirmishes, the Aboriginal people remained for decades, maintaining a positive relationship with John Cory, who ran a cattle station in the area at the time. Although a campground for the Kamilaroi was established as an Aboriginal Reserve in 1895, all of the occupants had abandoned their homes by the 1940s. Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area, as it exists today, serves as a tangible link between the ancestors of the Kamilaroi and their living descendants.
A one-of-a-kind collaboration
The Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area Co-management Committee was established in 2008 to collaborate with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to guide management of the reserve and promote connections with country. This committee is made up of members of the Aboriginal community who are representatives of Kamileroi families who have a historical connection to the area.
An ecological community on the verge of extinction
Unsurprisingly, bird watching is excellent in this area, so don’t forget to bring along a pair of binoculars to try and spot some of the many unusual species that can be found in the area. There is a diverse range of birdlife in the area. These include the speckled warbler, little lorikeet, glossy black cockatoo, and masked owl, among others. The area is also home to some native wildlife, including koalas and wallabies, which you might be able to spot on your visit.
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