This spectacular rock formation features prominently in the mythology of the local Koori people. One story tells of a man called Wao and Nguthungulli “father of the whole world”, who lives in a cave in a big rock which stands in the sea “six miles out from Byron Bay”. Wao followed two emus, who were the spirit of his deceased brother Jarring. He followed them from Woodenbong to the coast at Byron Bay. At the coast, Wao was taken by Nguthungulli to a cave and given a song, which he took back to his people.
Another story tells of two lovers from different clans who ran into the sea to escape their parents wrath. The lovers were drowned and transformed into the rocks.
And here’s the Julian Rocks
On the sign there’s a cross on the biggest rock, but I couldn’t find another reference to it anywhere else. It’s a mystery!