Australian landmarks get new Aboriginal names
02.04.2024 Australia Byron Bay   5
Australian landmarks get new Aboriginal names

Two key tourist sites in Byron Bay, Australia, are getting new Aboriginal names, the Geographical Names Council has announced New South Wales earlier this month.

Cape Byron, home of the Byron Bay Lighthouse and the easternmost point of mainland Australia, will now be known as Walgun, which means "shoulder" in the Bundjalung language. Cape Byron is a popular destination for whale watching and hiking. The people of Bundjalung also use it for gatherings and ceremonies.

Julian Rocks also gets a new name. Two islets off the coast of Byron Bay are some of Australia's best scuba diving spots due to their biodiversity and marine life. They are important to the Arakwal people.

In Arakwal history, Nguthungulli, the father of the world, rests in the Julian Rocks Cave. The site has now been renamed Nguthungulli.

Given their cultural roots, the two sites will have dual names, with Aboriginal and European names recognized and given equal status.

“Arakwal and other people of Bundjalung have had an inextricable connection with these places through history, kinship and language from the very first sunrise. This history and this connection can only be respected through names that bring history and language to life,” said David Harris, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.


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