The Gubbi Gubbi First Nation people, who are the recognised Traditional Custodians in this region, provided the inspiration and creativity for the improvements at Muller Park in Bli Bli, on the Sunshine Coast. The very popular 3.6 hectare Muller Park is scenically positioned alongside the Maroochy River, within walking distance of the Main Street in Bli Bli.
Muller Park's scenic position on the Maroochy River has great appeal to young and young-at-heart ...
This family-oriented park and its surroundings is a culturally significant site, with a long history of Aboriginal and in later years, South Sea Islander, occupation. Muller Park's playground design is based on the animals, materials and tools used in traditional day-to-day life by the Gubbi Gubbi First Nation people. The educational significance of visiting Muller Park is both enlightening and moving.
Fish trap - playground equipment that has been replicated to look like a fish trap
The Maroochy River and its adjoining tributaries have been used for fishing by the Gubbi Gubbi people long before Europeans settled in this area. This playground equipment is based on a traditional fish trap, replicating the bell shape of the traps that were traditionally woven from grasses and reeds.
You can see the black swan rockers to the right of the playground
Black swans (cygnus atratus) or muru-kutchi (meaning red-bill) in Gubbi Gubbi dialect hold significant importance to the Gubbi Gubbi people. The swans and eggs were hunted for food and the swan forms part of Mount Coolum's Dreamtime story.
Basket swing - The Gubbi Gubbi women would gather fern roots, eggs, honey and materials in baskets, made from leaves and grasses woven together.
Learn about the traditional indigenous games on the Biwathin Games Trail
As part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games event, the Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with the Queensland Government, Nature Play Queensland and the Office of the Commonwealth Games, installed a traditional indigenous games trail in Muller Park. The games and trail location were selected in consultation with the traditional owners of the Gubbi Gubbi. The games trail is called 'Biwathin', pronounced 'Bee-wad-jin', and comes from the Gubbi Gubbi language, meaning 'make laugh'.
Three of the traditional games played by indigenous children and their explanations
To find out more about the traditional games that were played by indigenous children in many different parts of Australia, follow the Biwathin Games Trail here.
Muller Park in Bli Bli has an abundance of features that will appeal to everybody in the family, young and young-at-heart. A section of this park has also been designated as an unfenced dog off-leash area. Besides being home to the Maroochy River Rowing Club, additional features at Muller Park include:
The large shaded indigenous themed playground and games trail at Muller Park in Bli Bli is well worth bookmarking for a fun-filled outdoor family adventure. Why not pack a picnic, fishing rods, kid's bicycles, skateboards and even your four-legged pal for a fabulous day out next to the Maroochy River.
NB: Sunshine Coast readers may note that in some instances, the name Kabi Kabi is used, whilst at other times the name Gubbi Gubbi is used - it apparently has everything to do with the pronunciation. The name Kabi Kabi is actually pronounced as Gubbi Gubbi, so in the 1990's the Gubbi Gubbi elders agreed to call themselves Gubbi Gubbi to more accurately reflect the pronunciation - with thanks to www.gubbigubbi.com for this clarification.