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Find out more about the features, attractions and landscapes of Macarthur and the Southern Highlands.

Aboriginal Heritage

For many thousands of years the Dharawal and Gundungurra people have lived in the Macarthur and Southern Highlands and beyond.

The local Aboriginal people were some of the first in New South Wales to feel the impact of European settlement, suffering new diseases, violence and occupation of their lands. The Thirlmere Lakes area is called couridjah, which is believed to mean honey and refer to the nectar of the banksia flowers found there in abundance.

Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council
Level 1, 103 Moore St, Liverpool
Phone: 02 9602 5280
Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council
Phone: 02 4681 0059