Minnie Waters’ Back Beach headland has many spot where shells pile up in the corners of the rocks/cliff face. Very many are broken through the pounding of the surf across the rocks. The geology here is fascinating with vertical upthrusts of rock with seams of a totally different rock embedded in it. This area was dug for gold in the 1900’s, hence the name of the next small gathering of houses – Diggers Camp.
A Midden is what we would term a garbage dump. All around the coast of Australia you will find shell middens which are the remains of feast or meals the aboriginals of old threw into one place, their garbage dump. Where shellfish were plentiful these middens can be quite large as they were used over the centuries. This midden was huge with layers and layers of shells baked black in the hot sun. It would have been well over 6 feet or 2 metres deep and spread between large rocks back from the waters edge. See below –