What is now Adelaide’s metropolitan coastline plays a significant role in the creation story of the Kaurna (pronounced Gar-Na) people.
The ancestor Tjilbruke carried the body of his slain nephew down the coast from the place that’s now Kingston Park to the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. At each place where the grieving giant stopped to shed tears, a freshwater spring welled from the ground.
Springs and other geological sites at Kingston Park, Hallett Cove, Christies Beach Port Noarlunga, Port Willunga and further south are all linked by this great Dreaming legend.
To discover this ancient story, and learn about Kaurna life in the region, visit the peaceful Warriparinga Reserve (bounded by Sturt, Marion and South roads at Marion). Here the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre sits with the tranquil wetlands.