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The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place

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Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.

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The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place
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This half-day outing by Bundyi Cultural Tours is a great way to learn about living Wiradjuri culture, its places and its people. Tours take place in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, a small, diverse nature haven around a soaring 364m geological giant, The Rock.

Explore the reserve’s varied habitats with your friendly and knowledgeable guide. Soak up the scent of gum tree flowers, and enjoy views out to Mount Kosciuszko and the Victorian Alps on clear days. Be sure to have your camera ready when you spot animals including turquoise parrots and swamp wallabies. Your guide will share his Wiradjuri language and culture as you walk along these ancient pathways.

Bundyi Cultural Tours is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.

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    Aboriginal special places guided tours is in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Geological significance

    View along the range, The Rock Nature Reserve.. Photo: C Killick

    The reserve sits on the boundary between two major biophysical regions: the Riverine Plains and the western slopes of the Eastern Highlands. This geographic mix gives the area a terrific diversity of landscapes and animal habitats. The Rock itself, unique in the district, is the result of a pressure uplift of sedimentary materials, and is the highest point of a hogback ridge running north to south (The Rock is at the northern end). The summit stands 364m above the surrounding plains.

    • Aboriginal special places guided tours Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.
    • The Towers The Towers is a 100m stretch of the north-east face of The Rock, open to rock sports and also popular with photographers and birdwatchers who want to view peregrine falcons.

    Living Aboriginal culture: Kengal

    View along the range, The Rock Nature Reserve. Photo: C Killick

    The dual name of the nature reserve (since 2005) acknowledges a Wiradjuri cultural presence that stretches back many generations. The Rock is also known as Kengal (meaning ‘sloping hill’), a Dreaming place, lookout, and ceremonial site for the Wiradjuri People and their descendants. It was once used for male initiation rituals. Traditional lore has it that Kengal was created by Baiame, the creator who also taught the Wiradjuri People how to make fire and spears. When settlers arrived in the area, stories go, Baiame left his male and female dingo (Mirrigan) companions, who lay in wait for Baiame’s return, forming The Rock.

    • Aboriginal special places guided tours Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.

    'The Hanging Rock’

    The Rock lookout, The Rock Nature Reserve. Photo: A Lavender

    Charles Sturt first saw The Rock in 1829, though the area wasn’t settled further by Europeans until 1874. They called the remarkable geological feature ‘The Hanging Rock’ because of an overhang on its eastern face. This collapsed in 1874, however, leading to the adoption of its current name – simply, ‘The Rock’. For much of its modern life, the feature has sat on Crown land, and from 1891 its lower slopes were quarried for road base material to provide ballast on a Sydney-Melbourne rail line.

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