Miimiga Gaungan, located within Sherwood Nature Reserve, is a sacred, spiritually and culturally significant site for Gumbaynggir women. The waterhole is considered to have special healing attributes; preventing miscarriages and ensuring women carried children to their full term safely:
Sometimes four or more women would perform the ritual in the water and washing themselves as high as the breasts, while asking to Wooroomparahal (God) in the sky to help carry the babies till birth. After white people came to the district, many young Gumbainggeri women began to have miscarriages. They believed that unless they performed this ceremony, they would lose their baby. When they had completed the ceremony, the women were confident their pregnancies would go full term (WetRocks n.d.:1).
Knowledge of the spiritual healing qualities of Miimiga Gaungan continues to be passed on to Gumbayngirr women needing spiritual and physical healing. Aboriginal women from the local community look after the site and visit periodically to clear leaves and sediment out of the waterhole. Men are forbidden from entering the site (OEH 2013). 4
Clarence Valley Aboriginal Heritage Study.