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Aboriginal cultural heritage

The Parramatta River is an iconic part of Sydney’s European and Aboriginal history. Prior to white settlement, the majority of the catchment was inhabited by the Dharug nation. Like all Aboriginal people, the Darug people did not own the land but belonged to the land. They had a strong connection to the land; respected it and referred to the land as their mother. The Darug people had excellent land management skills which meant they did not have to artificially cultivate crops.

Recent excavations in Parramatta have revealed evidence of Aboriginal inhabitation going back 30,000 years. Read more

Today, much of the remaining natural bushland in the catchment contains items and places of cultural significance, such as: middens, engravings, scare trees, grinding grooves and shelters.