The indigenous people of Australia have a rich culture stretching back at least 50,000 years making it the oldest living culture on Earth.
Every part of Australia is Aboriginal country and every part of that country has a series of stories and experiences that are unique to that place. What connects all indigenous people is a strong connection to its natural environment, landscapes and past and future generations.
Noosa is home to the Kabi Kabi people whose land stretches roughly 100km south and 150km north of Noosa. It is important that we all pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land – past, present and future – and their rich history.
Kin Kin, the name of a small village in Noosa’s hinterland, is from the Kabi Kabi word kauin kauin meaning red soil. It also refers to a species of small black ant prevalent in the area.
Cooran is the word for tall trees and a tranquil Noosa country town is now named after it. Once a year for two days, the Tall Tree Art Festival takes place in the village.
The name of Noosa’s hinterland town of Cooroy, originally spelt Coorooey, is derived from the language of the Kabi Kabi people meaning possum.
In Kabi Kabi language, Tinbeerwah means place of grass trees or high hill climbing up. There is a mountain called Tinbeerwah, located just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads, in the Tewantin National Park.