Read a little about the indigenous history of the Gold Coast
THE Aborigines knew the Gold Coast area as Kurrungul, which referred to the endless supply of hardwood for boomerangs.
The local tribe was the Kom-bumerris and they camped mainly in the Bundall area for fresh water purposes.
The Yugambeh people lived in Mt Cougal and Springbrook's valleys for at least 6000 years.
Cascade Gardens is said to have been one of the meeting places for Aborigines from as far a field as Maryborough. Tribal feasts were held at Bora rings and middens.
A government surveyor named Dixon charted the Gold Coast region in 1840. He named many of the landmarks after senior naval officers as was the custom at the time.
Since then the surveyor, General Sir Thomas Mitchell, changed many of the names to Aboriginal names, such as - the River Barrow became the Nerang River, the River Perry became Tallebudgera Creek, Anson Creek became Currumbin Creek and the River Arrowsmith became the Coomera River.