Photographer: Shanna Bignell
Subject: Mount Coolum, Queensland, Australia
Date: April 2015
Mount Coolum is a 208-metre-high ancient volcanic dome which was formed when a dome-shaped bulge of magma cooled below the earth’s surface.
Local Gubbi Gubbi legend tells a different story, in which Mount Coolum was formed after a violent dispute between two warriors, Ninderry and Coolum.
Ninderry was a mighty warrior who stole a beautiful young woman named Maroochy from Coolum, the man she was to marry. Coolum, himself a young warrior, helped Maroochy escape in the night.
When Ninderry discovered that Maroochy had disappeared, he flew into a rage, tracked the young lovers down, and knocked Coolum’s head off with a nulla.
Coolum’s head rolled into the sea where it became Mudjimba Island, while his headless body turned to stone and became Mount Coolum.
Meanwhile, the Spirit God was angry at Ninderry’s deed so he struck him down and turned him to stone.
As for Maroochy? She cried so much at the loss of her lover that her tears became the Maroochy River.
These days the mountain is a popular tourist attraction which supports a variety of plant and animal life, including the endangered Mount Coolum she-oak (Allocasuarina thalassoscopica).
Mount Coolum Print
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