Ballast Point Park / Walama

Beattie Tow

Abstract


The significance and influence of Aboriginal culture at Ballast Point Park, dually named Walama, is understated and subtle. Located on the traditional grounds of the Dharug-speaking Gadigal people, the park is diverse and unique in its landscape. Stepping off the road and into the rocky clay clearing, there is the distinct feeling of leaving one place and entering a new one. I notice first the red and orange tones that are lit up under the harsh sun as I cross the clearing to reach the shaded path. All paths snake down the rocky cliffs to the water's edge where you have a panoramic view of the harbour. The site is known for its post-European settlement industrial history and littered throughout the park are remnants of tanks, pipes, and concrete slabs that pay homage to this chapter. However, what is striking about this park is not the industrial remains themselves, but the way in which they have become interwoven and hidden among the native Australian plants.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5130/nesais.v4i1.1508

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