Indigenous and South Sea Islander
Buderim Historical Locations

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Martins Creek bushland and the School Falls

The springs and waterfalls of Buderim are of special significance to Kabi Kabi people.

Martins Creek and the School falls are of special significance to kabi kabi people, as a source of fresh water, and for yabbis and as places to prepare plant foods.

“At several Buderim outcrops near flowing water, you can still spot axe-grinding grooves and cupules (natural and artificial hollows), demonstrating that tools were polished and plant foods were prepared here. Many of these sites now lie on private properties (Blackman, per. comm 2011). Foods such as cunjevoi and black bean – which were valued as the equivalent of daily bread – required a fair amount of hammering, pounding, washing or leaving in running water to leach out toxins before they could be rendered into edible pastes or dampers.

Dr Ray Kerkhove, ‘Springs and tall trees; Buderim before the White Man’, prepared for Buderim SAILS, 2012

The Sunshine Coast Council supports a monthly community working bee to assist regeneration of the bushland alongside Martins creek. The area includes an Aboriginal scarred tree, where a large area of bark has been removed, perhaps to form a small canoe.