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Little Rocky Creek: Axe Grinding Site

Little Rocky Creek: Axe Grinding Site
Landsborough
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Discover a historic site, used by the Aboriginal people for many generations to make tools.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for all walkers and is a safe and short walk for families.

HIGHLIGHTS
This Aboriginal Stone Grinding Site highlights the ingenuity of the Gubbi Gubbi people in creating the tools they needed to live and hunt.

Before you view the historical site, take time to the read the information board and understand the significant cultural importance of the area.
From here follow the path along a short gravel track and section of stairs to a wooden viewing platform. Here you will be able to view the grooves that are well defined and worn to the shape of the stone axes.


The sandstone and water flow made for a perfect place for grinding tools such as axe heads, spearheads, and cutting stones, with the harder stone used for the implement being brought in from other Glass Mountain locations. As you explore this pretty little creek, have a look around – you are likely to see more grooves and evidence of past life.

As you walk through the forest, keep an eye out for the nesting boxes in the trees for birds and the goannas roaming about.

AFTERWARDS
There is another aboriginal cultural site not far away - Beerwah State Forest Bora Ring. An ancient aboriginal meeting site used for gatherings, dancing, and ceremonies. The aboriginal bora ring (or Durn) is well maintained and easy to access, suitable for all agers and abilities (accessed via Moffat Road, east off of Steve Irwin Way.) The Mount Beerwah Picnic Area provides a great view of the Beerwah, is an easy walk in, and has more information about local Aboriginal heritage.

The Rocky Creek Scout Campsite is open to the public and a good base to stay while discovering the Glass House Mountains area.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: On Steve Irwin Way, turn off into Landsborough (Railway Street, Maleny St) and at the roundabout turn left into Gympie Street South. Approximately 1.5 km down this road (heading south) it turns into Old Gympie Road. There you will see a brown sign indicating the aboriginal site 100 metres ahead, just around the corner. Park the car here. If you miss the entry to the small car park, you can park in front of the Rocky Creek Scout campsite that is just beyond. It is only a short walk to the creek.

To the end point: This is the same as your starting point.

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