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Bunjils Shelter

Bunjils Shelter is a popular attraction in the Grampians, and is one of the country’s most important Aboriginal Art sites.

To appreciate the significance of this attraction, it helps to know that the Grampians region has long been associated with the Aboriginal people.

Bunjils Shelter, Grampians History, Age & Location Map, Stawell Victoria

Bunjil’s Shelter is located on StawellPomonal Road in the Black Range Scenic Reserve, and is the only rock art painting of its kind from the Bunjil. According to the creation stories of the Aboriginal people, Bunjil created all that the people saw: the land, the water, the trees, plants and animals. The people also believed that Bunjil set the laws and the religion, hence their reverence in respecting Bunjil.

The age of the painting is not known, although pigments of the paint used have been tested. It is estimated that the painting is thousands of years old.

To get to the shelter, take the turnoff on the Stawell Pomonal Road about seven kilometres from Stawell. Take the Bunjil Cave Road (this is a one way road that leads up to four kilometres to the parking area). From the parking space, the shelter is about 100 metres away.

Look out for the huge boulder as this is where the painting is housed. You will notice that the painting features an image of Bunjil alongside two creatures (traditionally referred to as dingos) who were his helpers. The paintings are enclosed in a large metal cage in order to protect them from damage.

So come and visit with this amazing historic piece of art whilst you explore the beautiful Grampians region.

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Michael Jones

Michael created and runs the Grampians Point website, as well as the Holiday Point travel brand that incorporates a network of 16 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia, Asia, and around the world.

With 25+ years of online experience and a passion for travel (having lived in Melbourne most of his life and has visited the Grampians many times), Michael not only researches and writes content for the website, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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