Adventure is out there - Ngaro Sea Trail 3:27pm, Sat 12 Sep 2015
The Ngaro Sea Trail is an aquatic adventure young and old can enjoy with leisurely bushwalks, great picnic spots, awesome sailing of-course plus stunning vistas.
The Ngaro people were the first inhabitants of the Whitsundays Islands dating back to 7000Bc, when Hook Island was still classed as the mainland before the Sea levels rose and threatened this Australian aboriginal tribe. Over thousands of years the sea levels rose by 100 meters and the coastline moved inland.
This left the ancient inland mountaintops as the Whitsunday Islands. If the environmental factors weren't enough, their demise came down to the introduction of the western world, including warfare with traders, colonists and the Australian Native Police Corps. The Aboriginals were forcibly relocated to a "mission settlement" on Palm Island and the lumber mills of Brampton Island to be "employed" as labourers.
The incredible cave paintings found in Nara Inlet are often presumed to be pictures of their food sources including hashed oval shapes representing a Sea turtle shell a prominent food for the Ngaro people and Australian natives on the mainland, others envision pandanus plant and its seed. The cyad nut of the pandanus plant requires chopping (perhaps hash marks in the cave painting are instructions to chop up the large seed), and heating (perhaps the wavy lines at the bottom of the painting represent fire) in order to break down deadly poisons. The crushed, cooked nut produces an edible flour which can be roasted into a bread-like food similar to Australian damper or flatbread. The Ngaro also used many other plant species, including the coastal she-oak (bark and twigs for medicinal purposes, hard wood for spears and woomera pegs), and the native hibiscus (some parts apparently eaten, while bark was soaked and separated, then woven into dilly bags, fishing lines, nets and ropes). Ngaro women collected vegetables, seeds and fruits, and prepared them for cooking and eating.
Another great feature of the Nara Inlet end of the Ngaro Sea Trail is the Interpretive display, where you can listen to audio stories by the elders of the Ngaro tribe, detailing what life was like for their people and the history of the Whitsunday Islands. A must stop spot for all the history buffs out there.
The Ngaro Sea Trail is an adventure that all people young and old can enjoy with leisurely walks to Chance bay across South Molles islands 11.5km track network, through to a Challenging walk/climb to Whitsunday Peak granting you 360 degree views over the Whitsunday Islands.
Whilst chartering the unique blend of seaways of the Ngaro Trail jump in your dinghy and immerse yourself in the Ngaro peoples history and culture.
The Ngaro people welcome visitors to enjoy their homeland. The Ngaro sea trail was developed by the Ngaro decendents and Department of National parks to provide a unique blend of seaways and walks for all to enjoy.
Use these maps to familiarise yourself with the locations