Nature Trails of the Macleay is a diverse collection of walking, biking and 4WD trails that span across the Macleay. Offering a natural experience for everyone, the network of trails are not just connected by their respective locations but also by their rich Indigenous roots.
Learn more about the history of Willawarrin, then journey out to experience it yourself by exploring the nearby trails and points of interest described below.
The Thunggutti People, of the Macleay Valley, developed a complex and rich culture over thousands of years. Thunggutti place names spoke of the landscape. This is one way the rich accumulation of learning was passed from one generation to the next.
Europeans interpreted Thunggutti language and their place names persist today.
Willawarrin comes from the Thunggutti, wilayi warran. Wilay… possum and warran… to stand, to wait or to grow. Thus… wilayi warran… possum stands or waits or grows.
Place names near here suffered a similar fate.
Moparrabah comes from the Thunggutti muuparaba or muuparrbang, the forest cherry tree.
Temagog comes from dimagang, the wasp.
Willi Willi is wili-wili meaning wide open country.
Barraganyatti is made up of barragayn (stinging tree) and batayi (dead), the dead stinging tree.
Collombatti comes from garra baatayi where garra is rain and baati, to rain. It must rain a lot in Collombatti.
Ceremonies to increase the freshwater turtle, naguyayi, were a little held further upstream. Increase sites are known as gayayi so the increase site for river turtles is called naguyayi gayayi.
We acknowledge the source of this story, Aunty Ruth Little-Dunn and the Dhanggati Grammar and Dictionary with Dhanggati Stories. Possum graphic provided by Elwyn Toby.