Bunjil Shelter – Stawell

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Bunjil Shelter is located in the Black Range Scenic Reserve near Stawell and this is the only rockart painting of Bunjil known. It is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia. Bunjil does no harm; I think he does well. These words were spoken by John Connolly, of the Jardwadjali people a little north of here, and recorded by A.W. Howitt. In 1884 Connolly added that Bunjil was a man, and was the father of all his people.

Bunjil Shelter sits within the Gariwerd, a cultural landscape that supports people both physically and spiritually. Bunjil created our land, our people, the plants and animals, our religion and the laws by which we live. He is the leading figure in our spiritual life, essential in teaching young people the importance of laws and beliefs, Levi Lovett, local custodian, Parks Victoria.

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