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This large National Park is along the coast between Iluka in the south and Evans Head in the north.

Bundjalung has some 38Km of beaches within its 17,000 hectares of land coverage. The area is the longest natural coastal river ecosystem on the north coast of New South Wales with lagoons, wetlands, littoral rainforest, coastal cypress and heathlands. The Esk River is a part of this system.

The park features extensive evidence of Aboriginal middens and campsites throughout its area, legacy of the Bundjalung peoples who occupied this area for thousands of years.

The inland water areas offer some great canoeing spots and camping facilities are extensive throughout the park.

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Bundjalung legend says that a ship arrived from Ngareenbeil, with 3 men : Mamoon, Ya Birrein and Birrung, and grandmother Gaminya. These are all Old Balinese names, from Sanskrit._ Dr Darma Putra, School of Languages, UQld.

Brij Singh, Head of Hindu Council, Aust. Aboriginal use of Balinese Skt. names is seen also at Gympie Qld. where the legend says foreign people came for yellow stones, gold. In 1800s, 4 tons of gold was panned, and it is the 8th biggest gold-mine in Aust. today. Dandahra and Goondah creek at Coombadjha are Skt. words: "bountiful stream" and "thief, rogue" as in "Goondah" Dani Booloo the rainbow snake who prevents people hunting ducks and fish at Goondiwindi. "Coombadjha" appears as "Kumbaja" in this long quote: [It therefore was of no minor significance to Javanese sailors when the Pole-Star finally vanished beneath the ocean waves during the mid-ninth century CE, never to be seen again during their own lifetimes nor during those of the generations to follow. Not knowing the natural law that had caused the Pole-Star's disappearance, the Javanese may have interpreted the event as a sign of cosmic disorder--not only in the celestial realm above but also in their own kingdom, which they regarded to be the mirror image of heaven.

Following the Pole-Star's disappearance, ship captains in the vicinity of Java would have had to fix their bearings by using other stars as their navigational aids whenever they departed the island, only switching back to the formerly dependable Pole-Star when their ships reached those higher latitudes from which the star Polaris could still be seen. The most likely replacement candidate was the bright star Canopus, which is located in the southern half of the celestial sphere. The sages of India regarded this star to be the celestial manifestation of the god Agastya, who was known as the "Sage of the South." The emergence of Canopus as an essential maritime navigational aid may account for the many images of Agastya that archaeologists have discovered on the island.

Inscriptions dating from 760, 856, 857, and 863 CE refer to individuals who bear the name

or Sri Kalashodbava, which are both well-known paraphrases for the sage Agastya. Since all three of the mid-ninth century inscriptions had followed a period of political instability in the kingdom, it is not impossible that the individual had been so-named in the inscriptions because he had been directly responsible for restoring order in the kingdom. Because the same name had been used 100 years earlier, its earlier use may also be a reflection of the occurrence of a similar situation during which the political axis of the Javanese kingdom had been restored by "Sri Kumjaya" in conformance with the celestial model.]

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