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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.

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