Australian Heritage Commission, 1998
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Wilderness – for most of us it conjures up images of deep forested valleys or vast outback expanses. While the word is commonly used to describe those places that are remote from the influences and structures of modern society, all have been shaped to some extent by human hands. The evidence of human occupation and use is all around – scatterings of stone tools, a rock wall decorated with hand stencils, a stone arrangement on a hillside, a coastal midden of shells. Even our diverse flora and fauna have been shaped by humans through millennia of land management practices by Indigenous Australians.