The Northern Beaches has more than 300 Aboriginal sites with the oldest dating back to 6,000 years ago.

The hundreds of sites protected by Council include middens, rock carvings, camp sites, rock shelters and art. Some of the sites are even older than the pyramids!

Aboriginal history resonates in our place names with many of our suburbs and areas having names of Aboriginal origin. It was Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 who named Manly Cove after the Aboriginal people - “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

To name a few, there’s:

  • Akuna Bay – ‘place of water’
  • Allambie - ‘to remain a while’
  • Barrenjoey – ‘young kangaroo’
  • Curl Curl - curial curial meaning ‘river of life’
  • Elanora -‘camp by the sea’
  • Narraweena - ‘a quiet place in the hills’

More information can be found at Aboriginal Heritage Office.

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