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Mt Oberon

Yiruk Wamoon

(Mt Oberon)

Boonwurrung/Gunai Kurnai Country

Geographical Information

Mt Oberon is located in the Wilsons Promontory National Park in the Gippsland region, located approximately 157 kilometres southeast of Melbourne.  The Prom, as it is affectionately known as, is the most southern point on the Australian mainland.[1]

Mount Oberon is composed of granite, part of the the large Middle Devonian Wilsons Promontory Batholith.[2]

Coastal erosion gives us a unique view of the granites which would have taken about a million years to cool, far below the surface. Mt Oberon could have been up to five kilometres high before erosion began.[3]

First Nations Information

Aboriginal history dates back at least 6000 years in the area with the Boon Wurrung and Gunai Kurnai people claiming traditional links to The Prom, known to the indigenous people as Yiruk.[4]

 The area was well used as seafood and shells were quite often sought after in the Aboriginal community and Wisons prom was full of both. Many dreamtime stories such as Lo-an and Bollum-Baukan have mentions of Wilsons Prom. The Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Gunaikurnai Identify the Wilsons Promontory National Park as their traditions country/land. 

It is thought that the park may have been used as what was known as the land bridge, which was a way used to reach Tasmania when it was only aboriginals who inhabited the area.

The country was seen as very rich and wonderful due to the amount of sea life (such as shellfish.) The forest also provided many great resources for survival such as timber for huts, and bark for shelters and weapons.[5]

Click below to watch the Loern Dreaming Story linked to Mt Oberon 

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