Paradise – What is beneath the water? An ancient dreaming story | The Pool


Is there more to your local swimming hole? Located in the centre of Tamworth is “Galala” – Paradise, home to “Gariya” the rainbow serpent.

Marc Sutherland shares the ancient old story of Gariya. Told since the beginning of time, passed down through generations this story tells of the importance of Aboriginal Lore and care for country, especially our rivers and waterways which are the veins and pulse of mother earth.

Many that visit Paradise for a swim are oblivious to its significance to Gamilaraay people of the Tamworth area.

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