BUNYA NUTS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ESCAPE -

Not only have wal­la­bies, such as the one pic­tured left, and nu­mer­ous other wildlife been chow­ing down on the nu­tri­tious “nut” of the bunya pine for mil­len­nia, so have the indigenous pop­u­la­tion.

Be­tween De­cem­ber and March ev­ery year, lo­cal tribes would con­gre­gate around the bunya pines for a se­ries of feasts and cel­e­bra­tions, com­ing to­gether in peace and friend­ship.

Tribes from all over south­east Queens­land and north­ern New South Wales would come to barter pro­duce and weapons for the prized nuts.

That was un­til log­gers moved into the area in the 1850s.

Bunya nuts are again on the menu and you can try dishes with the uniquely lo­cal in­gre­di­ents at ei­ther of the vil­lage’s eater­ies.

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