Ban Ban Springs
Ban Ban Springs is a small community in Queensland, Australia, at the junction of the Burnett and Isis highways. The town is located in Gayndah Shire. The area is considered a sacred site to the Wakka Wakka people, the springs used for generations as a meeting place.
With its rare natural springs running into a wetland full of native plants and wildlife, Ban Ban Springs is a great place to stop and relax on your visit to Gayndah. There is a large car park next to the springs, where you can leave your car and have a quiet picnic at one of the picnic tables or under the shade of one of the many trees surrounding the springs. There is a toilet block next to the springs and camping is permitted for one night only.
Ban Ban Springs are a series of springs at the end of the Seven Sisters (Bin Bin Range) hills, a major creation dreaming site. The springs provided water and other resources for Indigenous clans coming to meet and settle disputes, to marry and trade. One of the most significant places for the Gayndah Indigenous community, Ban Ban was a sacred site, with camps and bora rings and has a Dreamtime association with the Rainbow Serpent, which is believed to have originated there.
It is the birth place of many elders of the Wakka Wakka tribe. Elders of this group live in the town of Gayndah and many other are still living in other parts of the South Burnett area and areas of Queensland.
Ban Ban Springs is unique in Indigenous Heritage. It is sacred in Men’s business and Women’s business for seperate and combined reasons. It is the heart of the Wakka Wakka people