Montague Island was called ‘Barunguba’ by the Aboriginal people of the Walbanga
and Djiringanj tribes.
The island is a ‘mens’ ceremony, initiation and teaching
place and part of ‘Guluga’ (Mount Dromedary) dreaming. According to legend ‘Barunguba’ is part of a social and
cultural complex which includes several important landscape features,
particularly that of Mount Dromedary (Rose, 1990).
The island holds considerable significance for the local Koori Elders, in
particular the sacred site that can only be viewed from a distance, and known
locally by the European name of ‘The Sisters’.