Muckadilla, which means “muddy waters” or “murky waters”, is thought to have been the setting where the famous warrior Bussamarai defended Aboriginal land against invading colonists, supported by neighbouring Aboriginal groups in the ‘the Great Land War’ of the mid-1800’s (see for example the book Goodbye Bussamarai by Patrick Collins http://www.goodbyebussamarai.com/text.htm). Mount Abundance station, which once stretched to Muckadilla Creek, is a sacred site of great significance to Aboriginal people. ‘Connection sites’ have been identified that are up to 750 years old, and an old camp oven dated as 600 years old. Important ancestors of Aboriginal people in the Maranoa lived on Mt Abundance, and many grandparents, uncles and aunties worked for the white station owners who arrived after colonization. The station is listed on the State Heritage Register, and is open for visitors by appointment.
Fishing and swimming hole at Bungeworgorai
Bungeworgorai Creek is a traditional meeting place and corroboree ground to the west of Roma where Aboriginal people pulled up while travelling to and from the Bunya nut feast. It continues to be used today by many travellers and is one of the few free overnight caravan stops around Roma. The area is adjacent to a picturesque creek with two or three deep fishing holes where it is possible to catch good-sized yellowbelly and cod. The significance of the area is illustrated by a large number of scarred trees along the creek edge and adjacent plain.
The campsite lies between Muckadilla and Mount Abundance, two sites of great significance to local Aboriginal people.
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Bungeworgorai camping area
Scarred tree at Bungeworgorai
Entrance to Mt Abundance Homestead