The first section of the Bundian Way, one of the old Aboriginal pathways from the coast to Mt Kosciuszko, was opened last week at the Aboriginal ceremonial ground at Cocora Beach in Eden. The opening included performances by Gulaga Dancers as well as guided tours along the new Story Trail which forms part of the coastal section of the walk around Twofold Bay.
Les Kosez, acting CEO of Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, led the tour with Darren Mongta showing people the coastal path used for centuries by Aboriginal people to look out across Twofold Bay. Darren also described the use of stone tools found along the pathway, including a tool to remove the skins of animals such as Kangaroos.
Stage two of the walk will be the section from Fisheries Beach (Bilgalera) at the southern end of Twofold Bay to Kosciusko (Targangal). It is expected that ongoing restoration of the pathway and cultural tours will provide expanding employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people.
To read more about the Bundian Way in a CMN story by John Blay, click here. To read ABC Radio Bill Brown’s recent coverage of the opening click here, and to hear why this is such an inspiring and important project for the region, see Toni Houston’s coverage here, including video footage of interviews and Gulaga Dancers.
Signposts and interpretive signage are expected to be installed over the next two months, but If you’d like to try out the new pathway before then, start at the southern end of Cocora Beach and walk 1.9 km along the coast to Quarantine Bay, a return trip of around 1-1.5 hours.