Sunday, October 2, 2011

Local Folklore

I don't know what you all think about myth and legend, but I know some who believe--heart and soul--some of the local folklore we hear. Recently, my family and I stayed in the North Burnett district of Queensland, more specifically, Cania Gorge.

Cania Gorge is a beautiful area dominated by soaring sandstone cliffs. Surrounding lowlying areas are used mainly for dairy and beef cattle, most of which saunter by the side of the road and give you a glance as you drive by.

Big Foot
We did a lot of bush walking, the main reason why we went, and saw some magnificent sights. We saw Dragon Cave and Bloodwood Cave, Shamrock gold mine, Dripping Rock and The Overhang. We trekked to see Big Foot, and Three Moon Creek.
 
Three Moon Creek was named by an 19th century miner who, whilst washing his cup in the nearby creek, saw the moon in his cup of water, in his bucket and in the sky. If only everything was so simple.

We were visited by an abundance of bird life at our little cabin in the caravan park, much to the delight of my 11 year old daughter, Isabel. The highlight of her day was when the King Parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras and Cockatoos came to be fed.
Isabel feeding King Parrot
King Parrot


Curious Kookaburra on our porch
Feeding Rainbow Lorikeets


Cockatoo coming for a feed

Now, to reason of this blog post. While in Cania Gorge, we visited the little town of Mulgildie. The townsfolk have a spooky waterhole they call the Bunyip Hole. Aboriginals tell the story of fearsome monsters that live in swamps and waterholes. Over the years, tales have emerged of strange noises, churning, bubbling water in the Bunyip Hole, and of cattle disappearing into the depths as they drank.
Artist's impression of Bunyip
Known as "Devil Devil" country, Aboriginal tribes and drovers, too, can't be persuaded to camp near the Bunyip Hole. Some Aboriginal Elders believe the watering hole is attached to a vast network of underground caverns that passes Tellebang Mountain and stretches as far as Ban Ban Springs (approx 150 km from the waterhole).


Bunyip Hole
My children believed the tale, so much so that when we visited the hole for lunch, they refused to leave the car. When my husband drove closer to the hole, my children (boy, 12, and girl 11) screamed "No, Dad, no!" Me? I think it's just a legend, one of the better ones I've heard. I can tell you that the Bunyip Hole certainly is one hell of an eerie place, but whether Bunyips reallys exist...Well, I'm not sure.





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