LEGACY: The indigenous mural depicting Ban Ban Springs and the Seven Sisters in the North Burnett.
LEGACY: The indigenous mural depicting Ban Ban Springs and the Seven Sisters in the North Burnett. Adam McCleery

Ban Ban Springs historically important

BAN Ban Springs is a sacred sight for the Wakka Wakka people and the first in Queensland to be formally recognised as an Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

Because of this historical and cultural significance the site was chosen as the site of the 50th Anniversary of the Referendum.

A Wakka Wakka legend exists around the Ban Ban Springs site dating back to the Dreamtime.

The legend states that the Rainbow Serpent surfaced there and spoke to the elders of the tribe, telling them about the secrets of the sacred waters and stories about the seven sisters, a mountain range not far from Ban Ban Springs.

Ban Ban Springs is and always will be known as a meeting place for the local Wakka Wakka people who also view the waters as sacred.

It's believed that Ban Ban was originally given its name by H. Herbert who borrowed the phrase from the local Wakka Wakka people which is known to mean grass.

Other important indigenous sites in the area include Barambah Creek in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains which held significance to the indigenous people of the area.

Ban San Springs was a meeting place for the Wakka Wakka and various other tribes and as a pathway to the Bunya Mountains for the Bunya Festival, held every three years when the Bunya trees would ripen with fruit.


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