Mount Gravatt Burial and Dreaming site

Stage Number: MBSH.03.09.08

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Mount Gravatt-Mount Gravatt East

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Mt Gravatt summit

Latitude & Longitude: -27.54263889,153.07288889

Time Link: 1823

Map Link: 1891

Image Time Point: 1891

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Mt Gravatt was associated with a Dreaming story about a “dragon” (presumably a reptile or Rainbow Serpent) and was important as a site for echidna. Here and Holland Park once had several springs and the hills and cliffs of Holland Park and Mt Gravatt were used for Aboriginal Burials, but none remain. In 2010, Brisbane’s very first Indigenous-run café opened here, and operated for a number of years.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 157-8.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 74 chains to the inch. Queensland Census Districts. City and suburbs of Brisbane. Area within a radius of 5 and 10 miles. 74 chains to the inch. Government Engraving Office, Brisbane. 634515