Indigenous warrior Windradyne is buried outside the city where ‘so many bad things happened in colonial times’
Dinawan Dyirribang wanders across the dusty, baked crown of the heights of Wahluu. He points out an ancient scar tree – one of his ancestors having long, long ago stripped it of some bark for a basket or perhaps a shield – and an old grinding stone, all the while speaking in his whispery, warm voice about the restless spirits.
He says the spirits are all over the peak of this place known to motorcar racing fans the world over as Mount Panorama. Just as they are about the majestic New South Wales colonial city of Bathurst – Australia’s oldest European inland settlement – that stretches out in a grid on the plains below.