Points of Interest Category: Community | Public Space and Information Shelter | CentrePoints of Interest Tags: Arthurs Seat Circuit Walk, Arthurs Seat State Park, Lookout | View - Mornington Peninsula, and Mornington Peninsula
Located adjacent to the iconic and ornate ‘Arthurs “Seat”‘, and, the Plane Crash Memorial, set up behind the Summit Lookout, an information pavilion is packed with interesting facts about the beautiful area surrounding it.
Originally known as ‘Wonga’ by the Aboriginal people, the summit area of Arthurs Seat was once a main campsite and lookout. The surrounding area was an abundant food source for them. Some examples given are:
Coastal Wattle – Seed crushed for flour – Seed Pod lightly roasted
Wattle – Gum used fro glue – Sweetening drinks and eaten raw
Spider Orchids – Tubes eaten – Juices to mix ochre paint for painting
Pig Face – Leaves halved eaten raw – Fruit eaten raw – Roots eaten raw
Drooping She-Oak – Leaves chewed to stop thirst – Cones ground for flour
Common Heath – Fruit of many species eaten
Native Raspberry – Fruit
Further information outlines the things to do and see; depicts a brief historical outline since European discovery and occupation; some fascinating geological facts about the area; as well as illustrations and descriptions of some of the indigenous flora and birdlife that reside here (incidentally ‘Wonga’ was the Aboriginal name for a particular species of pigeon that once flocked to Arthurs Seat to nest).
Some picnic tables can be found nestled amidst the mature trees surrounding the information pavilion . . .
– Within Close Proximity to Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– A large car parking area has been provided directly at the Summit Lookout
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