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South West Rocks
Kempsey Shire heritage

South West Rocks is located in the traditional lands of the Dunghutti (Thaingutti) and Monument Point was a place of gathering and ceremony for the Dunghutti, Gumbaynggir and Biripi nations with the headland representing a ‘song line’ or ‘energy line’ between Mount Yarrahapinni and the hills around Arakoon.

South West Rocks was named after a cluster of large granite boulders that lay about 170 metres east of what was commonly referred to as Laggers Point. Mostly surrounded by shelving rocks and awash in patches at low water they are known locally as the boulders and in early days were a reference point for shipping.

Federal Hotel - Livingstone Street (undated)
Federal Hotel - Livingstone Street (undated)

Source and photos: Courtesy of the Macleay River Historical Society

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