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April 2017 marks one year since Curiosity Rocks in Lake Jindabyne was declared a protected Aboriginal place. More than 50 people with a cultural connection to Country, including Ngarigo traditional custodians, returned to the shores of Lake Jindabyne to celebrate the occasion.

Some of the Aunties that attended the celebration described Curiosity Rocks as a very spiritual and culturally rich place, as it is next to a traditional camping ground, and has direct line of sight to the sacred Kalkite Mountain. Its unusual structure also makes it a natural and cultural focal point.

Curiosity Rocks is the third site in the Monaro to be gazetted as an Aboriginal place, and one of seven in the south east of New South Wales.

“In declaring Aboriginal places, the NSW Government recognise and acknowledge that Aboriginal culture is living and continuing, and that the connection of Aboriginal people to the land and culture is inextricably linked to their wellbeing and future.”

If you would like to learn more about the Aboriginal history and culture of the Snowy Mountains and the Sapphire Coast, come and join us on a Gang Gang tour. Check out our regular departures scheduled from October this year, or contact us to arrange a private customised holiday itinerary.