Discover Kelvin

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Boonalla Map & Brochure

Kelvin is 25kms north-north East from Gunnedah and is surrounded by state forests. The town of Kelvin is home to around 354 people, with the major industry being agriculture, forestry & fishing.

The area was acknowledged to be Kelvin State Forest in 1920 and was managed to provide cypress pine and ironbark timber to the local mills up until 2005. From the 1st of December 2005 Kelvin State Forest was transferred to the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Act 2005 and was declared Kelvin Aboriginal Area. The reserve is managed in partnership with the local Aboriginal community and was renamed to its traditional name "Boonalla".

The reserve is used for light recreational purposes, such as bushwalking, bird watching, bicycle riding, and is a great day outdoors for the family with BBQ areas available for public use.

The Boonalla Aboriginal Area is situated on the traditional lands of the Gomeroi (Kamilaroi). Boonalla is culturally significant to the local Aboriginal community, having maintained a strong connection to the area since the dreamtime and have carried the responsibility to protect and preserve the spirit of the land.

Scarred trees, axe heads, burins, cores, art and engravings are some of the things that can be found in the landscape that provides evidence of Aboriginal occupation; many of these items have been found in Boonalla Aboriginal Area. Aboriginal artefacts recovered from excavations indicated that Aboriginal people have utilized the area for at least 4000 years.

Boonalla Aboriginal Area has made a significant contribution to the cultural and spiritual well-being of the local Aboriginal people. For Aboriginal people the land lives, and caring for the land is acknowledging responsibility to maintain the land and to respecting Aboriginal Ancestors and Blaime (Creator).

Aboriginal people have survived for thousands of years by utilizing the plants, animals and mineral resources of their lands. Animals have provided food and clothing and are central to dreamtime stories and understanding of the land. The plants provided food, weapons and other implements but also provided medicine to care for the sick. Aboriginal people have only ever taken what was needed and have respected the landscape and all that lives within it.


Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat and Sun: 10am - 3pm

83 Chandos Street, Gunnedah, NSW 2380

02 6740 2230 | 1800 KOALAS





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