The Butterfly Cave

The Butterfly Cave is a traditional women's meeting and ceremonial place located in West Wallsend, in the vicinity of Mt Sugarloaf.

Its significance to Aboriginal culture stems from its use as a meeting place with rich resources, where Aboriginal women performed traditional practices in safe and private surroundings. For many years, vegetation and natural springs offering visual links to other culturally significant landmarks across the region such as Mt Sugarloaf, have surrounded the cave. The area is still used as a place for spiritual connection and education of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, especially young girls and women.

The Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council nominated the Butterfly Cave for declaration as an Aboriginal Place in 2011.

Page last updated: 24 October 2015