Canoes were constructed from the paperbark tree which was in plentiful supply in the area. They were probably up to 5 metres long and made from thin strips of the bark tightly bound and lashed together with string for strength. Canoes were used to travel both long and short distances to the offshore islands.
Wood from dogwood and manuka was gathered to make implements and weapons. The ends were fire hardened and then made into short chisel type digging sticks, firebrands, spears, music sticks and waddis. The firebrand was carried for protection against the bad spirits as the people travelled, and for immediate use in cooking, firing the land and as well as for warmth.
A variety of bush foods; fruits, roots, tubers were significant sources of nutrition for the leenerrerter people and were collected by the women.
Living near or in the river systems of the Coastal Plains were a variety of animals including snakes, echidna, eels, native cat (quoll), platypus, possums, fish, burrowing and freshwater crayfish. Most of these animals comprised an important part of the leenerrerter diet.
“Yah Pulingina” -Welcome to Country. In respect and recognition of the leenerrerter the traditional owners of the coast and hinterlands around Bridport.
While walking in this area you may see one of the resident platypuses that call this tract of river home.