There’s not a lot of information (yet) about Goonengerry on Google.
My favourite definition is from urban dictionary at https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Goonengerry
where it’s described as “one of the sickest places in the earth, surrounded by waterholes, swimming holes, creeks and lovely people”.
For the oldies, “sick” is “good”.
Goonengerry doesn’t rate a page on Wikipedia, although the Goonengerry National Park does, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goonengerry_National_Park
Apparently “Goonengerry is a small village in New South Wales, Australia, 626 km northeast of Sydney. It is known for its horse riding and National Park.”
And it’s an important bird area “The park lies within the Nightcap Range Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it contains the largest known population of Albert’s lyrebirds, as well as several other significant bird species.”
There is actually a Goonengerry website, with occasional local interest posts, such as this one at https://goonengerry.com.au/2006/04/29/what-does-goonengerry-mean/, where the word Goonengerry is possibly:
- an aboriginal word that means where the wind meets the wind.
- something to do with Magpies and the sound they make.
This is slightly better than an obscure Facebook post I found once, that described it with words akin to a fart.
The Byron Bay website at https://www.byron-bay.com/region/goonengerry.html is sparse, with just a paragraph:
“While not really offering a visitor much to do, Goonengerry is on the scenic road between Federal and Mullumbimby. It’s a classic hamlet of this area, with a primary school, a church and a village hall making up the public buildings. Situated on the ridge, it has wonderful views over the farmlands to Cape Byron in the distance.” They just don’t know us yet 🙂
Woohoo! The ABN has a category for Goonengerry at https://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/goonengerry-2482, so they know it exists.
There have been a few articles about a young couple of circus artists who moved to Goonengerry to become organic avocado farmers. As you do. And also about the Big Scrub.
The Big Scrub
The Big Scrub was once the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest in Australia. It covered 75,000 hectares between Byron Bay, Lismore and Ballina.
Apparently the Big Scrub got it’s name from the typical Australian dry sense of humour. The trees were so enormous that Aussies sarcastically called it “scrub”, which is typically low bush. So to avoid these huge trees getting a tall poppy syndrome, they just called it the Big Scrub. It was huge.
Sadly in the 1880s, government policy was that for European settlers in the area, as a condition of receiving land grants, selectors had to clear all of the vegetation. By 1900, the Big Scrub was 99% gone, and farming was the main industry.
The good news is that LandCare is now actively working to restore and re-establish the lowland rainforest, removing weeds, protecting the scrub and its biodiversity, with a grant application being organised by the hardworking Alan Goldstein. Today I signed Alan’s proposal to work with LandCare on the bottom half of our block over the next three years.
Things to Do
I’ll have separate pages on each of these soon, but this is what Google suggests:
Strangely Seek seems to think there is a lot of local employment:
All those jobs are really at Lismore and Byron Bay. But I’ll be working remotely with the awesome webqem mob at Neutral Bay in Sydney. See yas online!