The great outdoors as a living museum

A photograph of rock shelf and pebbly beach

Opening your eyes to the South Coast

Photo: courtesy of Catherine Timbrell

The great outdoors as a living museum, its rocky outcrops forming art galleries, making all of Australia a keeping place – these are references you will hear Aboriginal people making over and over again.

A keenly observed natural world is a constant in Aboriginal culture. Yet as this article From the Periphery, featured in the Australian edition of The Guardian newspaper reminds us, the sense of freedom invoked in wide open spaces can blind us to the evidence of thousands of years of prior occupation at our feet.

A keenly observed natural world is a constant in Aboriginal culture.

The author benefits from an archeological tour to help build a picture of pre-colonial life for these South Coast inhabitants. So if you’re heading to the South Coast; Racecourse Beach, Bannisters Bay or Pretty Beach or anywhere in between, check out this article so you too can benefit from seeing the landscape with fresh eyes.

It’s the first step in appreciating those who have been here a long time before you. 

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