Burleigh Heads, which briefly interrupts the sweep of Gold Coast
beaches, has great significance for both white and black members of the community.
While the outcrop offers the protection that makes Burleigh Beach one of the safest on the Coast, it also has great spiritual ties for local Aborigines, the Kombumerri, or Saltwater People.
The Jebbribillum Bora ground was set aside as a reserve as early as 1913. In making that decision, administrators recognised that Burleigh Heads has always been a place of great spiritual importance to the peoples of the Yugambeh region.
Used for many ceremonies, including the initiation of young men, the ring is said to symbolise the waddy (club) of Jabreen, the great creative spirit of the Yugambeh.
Thus far, Burleigh Heads, where the beach is backed by a long-established, family picnic park, has escaped the intensive tourist development that characterises so much of the Gold Coast.
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