THE Worimi people lived a traditional fisher-hunter-gatherer lifestyle in this area, and there’s evidence they utilised many of the area’s natural resources including the freshwater lakes, stone outcrops, the ocean, and the native flora and fauna.
Captain James Cook was the first European known to have sighted the Myall Lakes, and the first known contact with the Aboriginal people was in 1790. Interestingly enough, this happened when five convicts escaped from the Second Fleet and were ‘adopted’ by Aboriginal people in the Hawks Nest area. At the time the Aborigines thought they were the spirits of ancestors, and the convicts ended up living with them until they were eventually re-captured by Captain William Broughton in 1795.
A great view of sundown at Wallis Lake, right beside our campsite. The Grandis is quite grand.