We acknowledge that this land on which we tread, live, and work, whilst beautiful and revered to many, has even deeper layers of significance to its Traditional Owners. Wanderstories is based in Townsville which is the traditional land of the Wulgurukaba (or Wulguru - a.k.a. the 'canoe people') covering Hervey Range, Gurambilbarra, Yunbenun, and seawards, Bindal covering Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay National Park, Gugu-Badhun covering Upper Burdekin inland from Charters Towers to Hidden Valley, and Nywaigi (or Nawagi) from Hervey Range, through to Star River and Paluma, and to Wallaman Falls and Herbert River and to the coast, Gudjal covering the Deception Creek and Thunderbolt Creek, and the Coonambelah between Ross River, Black River, the plains "Carria" and as far inland as the coast chain of mountains "Barringa".
We pay our respects to elders of these nations past, present, and emerging, and to the many Indigenous people to whom this country continues to carry deep cultural, spiritual, and heritage significance.
We take great pride in knowing that we live on the country that sustains the oldest continuous culture on earth and thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their ongoing role as custodians of this land. By providing information and promoting techniques that reduce the human impact on our precious lands, we seek to follow in their footsteps and learn from their example as custodians and protectors of our unique environment.
Wanderstories is aware that the land is never truly being explored anew, given the ancient cultures that came before us who still call this land their home. Traditional Owners gained intimate knowledge of their environment from generations of experience. Let's all cultivate a deeper appreciation and respect for the Australian wilderness and share this country we all love.