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Brewarrina fish traps

Baiame’s Ngunnhu (Brewarrina Fish Traps) are a complex arrangement of stone walls situated in the Barwon River which feeds into the Darling River. Nearly half a kilometer in length, these fish traps are the largest known in Australia and were an ingenious invention long used by Aboriginal people to catch fish.

The age exact age of our fish traps are unknown however, undertaken studies  suggest they one of the oldest human constructions in the world. They have been listed on the State Heritage Register and the National Heritage List.

Aboriginal legend explains that the fish traps are an ancient Dreamtime site built by Baiame and his two sons Booma-ooma-nowi and Ghinda-inda-mui.

The intricate design of the dry-stone rock weirs and pens allowed large numbers of fish to be herded and caught, particularly during spring migrations. The design also allows the fish trap formation to resist damage during both high and low river flows. This is wonder is absolutely extraordinary and can only be experienced by a guided tour at Brewarrina Cultural Museum.    

brewarrina fish traps