Long before the explore Major Thomas Mitchell Climbed the steeply sloping back of the mountain he was to name ‘Abrupt’, the Aboriginal people who fled before him had given their own names to every one of the dozens of saw-toothed peaks he sketched on gaining it summit.
To Mitchell, the ranks of rugged sandstone ranges reminded him nostalgically of the Grampians in his native Scotland. The Aboriginal people knew them as Gariwerd – the nose like or pointed mountains – and they lived among them for at least 22 000 years.
With over 200 rock art sites, the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park contains the most culturally significant Aboriginal sites in Victoria, and is one of the state’s premier tourist destinations
The booklet is lavishly illustrated and aimed at visitors to the Grampians. Suitable for schools.
Pulisher – Brambuk the National Park & cultural Centre