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When I first heard of Mount Warning I felt a resonance or connectedness.  The name certainly rang a bell!  It's Aboriginal name is Wollumbin, meaning, apparently, 'the sleeping weather man'.  It does rather conjure up images of drowsy weather forecasters, and frankly I don't blame him for getting a bit of shut-eye with all this rain going on! Situated near Murwullimbah and Uki, it is the largest mountain in this area and is the remains of the original volcanic plug formed about 20 million years ago.  Captain Cook gave it the name Mount Warning to avert other sailors of the dangerous reefs situated on that part of the coast.  Of course the name could put you off, but , for me it seems magnetic.
This area - Mount Warning, Byron Bay, Nimbin - was named the Rainbow Region by the new settlers who moved in in the 1970's following the 1973 student festival 'Aquarius' in Nimbin.  They rejuvenated Nimbin from a dying dairy village to the 'Alternative Capital of Australia'.  The first thing that hits you when you drive into Nimbin these days is the boldly colourful murals on all the shops.  The second is the guy that comes up to you as soon as you get out of the car and asks you if you want to buy any weed.  Even if you're a 70 year old grandfather on a day trip!  The name Nimbin derives from the Bundjalung tribal word 'Nmbngee' which means a small, old, wise man.  Koori legends speak of Nimbin as a place of pilgrimage.  Traditionally known as a place of initiation it was also understood that such places were to be revered and visited, but not occupied or domesticated.  The forces of change and initiatory energy make it difficult to materialize and consolidate and so many ideas and plans just seem to go up in smoke!  Despite this, there are over 60 communities that have established themselves in this area.  To be honest, I wanted to get out of town quick and into the powerful beauty of the surroundings.
Situated 2 miles to the south of the town in a rainforest, Nimbin Rocks stand as sentinels over the Valley.  Appearing like giant stalagmites they protrude into the air about 250m above sea level.  Their image is often used as a symbol for Nimbin.  The significance of the Rocks is associated with a little man of the Bundjalung tribe who possessed supernatural powers.  His name was Nyimbunje.  He became so powerful the people believed he controlled everything, including the 'Jurraveel' (sacred sites).  He was kind and good and was like an Aboriginal Jesus. He was buried near the Rocks at Nimbin.
For Bundjalung people the traditional centres of higher learning are places in the natural world where there is the strongest presence of the Ancestral Creator Beings.  They were the ones who created the land and the creatures and they continue their influence today.
The land speaks with more of a voice here in this region and the names have more of a resonance.  Sphinx Rock, Lillian Rock, Mt. Nardi and the waterfalls at Hanging Rock, Tuntable Falls, Minyon Falls.  This is powerful and beautiful landscape.
Is there somewhere out there, or a thousand miles from here for that matter, that resonates with me?  Somewhere I'm 'meant' to be?  Time will tell.
As for now, the rain it keeps on raining and I am not yet in the mood to burst out and go search.  I travel around in my imagination, feeling my way through Gondwana, not in a 4-wheel drive but in Dream Time.



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