I’ve walked the ancient cliffs of the shipwreck coast in Western Australia, the beaches of the Fleurieu peninsula in South Australia, the coast line of Northern New South Wales and Queensland. Nowhere compares with the powerful Indigenous energy of Port Addis at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
Though stunningly beautiful, It’s not the beach, the view from the cliffs or the history of this place which makes it special, but its the energy. How can I describe something which seems so intangible in our materialistic world? Quite simply, the land and sea here emanate a strong Indigenous power. Maybe that’s why it’s a fearful place for so many. In Australia, we are not used to acknowledging such a thing. Of course it all depends on how tuned in, that is how intuitive you are. I’m sure there are many visitors who jsee it only as a beautiful spot along the famous road.
It’s a place which acknowledges the extraordinary tale of English convict William Buckley who escaped from his penal settlement to be accepted by the Wathurong tribe with whom he stayed for over thirty years. Known as the Ghost man or
‘Murrungurk’ he was fully accepted by the people and married into the tribe. For whatever reason, he returned to the white man’s world and was able to share his experiences of Indigenous life at that time. Point Addis (or ‘Godocut’ meaning ‘cold place’ in local language) was a perfect vantage point and meeting place for the different tribes who transversed the area.
William Buckley later received a pardon from Governor Arthur in 1835 and was appointed as interpreter and constable. He settled in Hobart and died aged 76.
Point Addis has a wonderful Koori walk which ascends from Addiscott beach to a stunning lookout which no doubt was a key strategic point for the transiting tribes of the past. Markers along the way explain aspects of Koori life . It’s a place where I like to meditate and tap in to the powerful energy, opening my mind to guidance from Mother Earth.