Red Point

By the end of the last Ice Age the rise in sea levels due to melting continental glaciers, had turned inland river valleys into bays and lagoons along the coast. Jervis Bay is a classic example.
At that time, Red Point was once approximately 20km from the coast, perched on the edge of a river floodplain. As massive areas of coastal land were swamped by the sea, Aboriginal culture in is area changed from being centered around a large freshwater river system to one based around a coastal saltwater bay. Evidence of the occupation of the previous coastline now lies under the sea.
Red Point is an excellent vantage point. It is considered an ideal teaching place by the local Jerrinja Aboriginal people as it is easy to point out significant places around the bay. It was also a good place to spot schools of fish.
Resource gathering was an important indigenous activity at Red Point. As a campsite, it was protected from prevailing north easterly winds and extensive middens show evidence of the long occupation of the site by Aboriginal people. They would gather shellfish from the rock platform and net fish along the beach.
Dreaming stories associated with the surrounding area have been passed down from generation to generation.

 


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