Indigenous Culture Cultural Trail

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The Mid North Coast covers the Worimi, Biripai, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr Nations with an increasing number of opportunities for visitors to now experience a range of aspects of indigenous culture. As well as those outlined in this trail many other galleries showcase indigenous culture at different exhibitions throughout the year and local and festivals can be found through the events calendar.

Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park

Kempsey

This park in Kempsey provides a unique opportunity to experience local Aboriginal culture and learn about traditional foods, all within a natural parkland setting. Wander through the 2.75 hectare park…

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58 Sea Street, Kempsey

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This park in Kempsey provides a unique opportunity to experience local Aboriginal culture and learn about traditional foods, all within a natural parkland setting. Wander through the 2.75 hectare park at your own pace, or take an interactive guided tour to learn which of the many native trees, shrubs and plants are used by Aboriginal people for food and medicinal purposes.

 

For more information on Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park, view their website, http://macleayvalleycoast.com.au/directory_listing/wigay-aboriginal-cultural-park/

Mutton Bird Island Nature Reserve

Coffs Harbour

Muttonbird Island is a sacred and significant site to the local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people, who call the island Giidany Miirlarl, meaning moon sacred place. The moon is the island’s protector,…

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  • 6652 0900

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32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour

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Muttonbird Island is a sacred and significant site to the local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people, who call the island Giidany Miirlarl, meaning moon sacred place. The moon is the island’s protector, guarding the muttonbirds as a food source and protecting them from over-harvesting. The island was also a ceremonial site. Find out more about the cultural significance of Gumbaynggirr Country, taste bush tucker foods and learn about traditional uses of plants for medicine and shelter on a guided tour with one of the Aboriginal Discovery Rangers or through the extensive interpretative displays.

For more information on Mutton Bird Island Nature Reserve, give them a call on 6652 0900 or view their website, http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Muttonbird-Island-Nature-Reserve/Learn-More#03180B33749F41348C414BD4DF710CC7

Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours

Coffs Harbour

Enjoy a great start to the day as you paddle in one of our beautiful marine park creeks. Have fun swimming, snorkeling, collecting & tasting seasonal bush tucker, learning Gumbaynggirr…

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Enjoy a great start to the day as you paddle in one of our beautiful marine park creeks. Have fun swimming, snorkeling, collecting & tasting seasonal bush tucker, learning Gumbaynggirr language and stories.

Further information available  0409 926 747, or email info@wajaanayaam.com.au   and https://wajaanayaam.com.au

For more information on Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, view their website, https://wajaanayaam.com.au

Gurruuja Juun Tour

Nambucca

Our Gurruuja Junn (Whale Tail) tour offers a 1.5 hr walk around Scott’s Head Headland & Junay Gaagal (Little Beach). Be  inspired by our Aboriginal Guides telling you the creation…

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  • 02 65 682 786

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Our Gurruuja Junn (Whale Tail) tour offers a 1.5 hr walk around Scott’s Head Headland & Junay Gaagal (Little Beach). Be  inspired by our Aboriginal Guides telling you the creation story of how the Gaagal (Ocean) was made & the first wave being created. Tour includes: Welcome to Country & Acknowledgements, Smoking & Cleansing ceremony, Creation Stories, Bush Tucker Demonstrations, Morning Tea, Bush Tucker Lunch, Food sources & Hunting Methods, Traditional Fish Trap, Totems, how they connect & relate to the ocean, Holistic uses for medicinal plants

This tour runs daily from 10.30am – 1pm. Further information, Telephone 02 65 682 786, Mobile 0428 080 994, Email: unkyaculturalecotours@outlook.com and http://unkya.com/tour/gurruuja-juun-whale-tail-tour/

For more information on Gurruuja Juun Tour, give them a call on 02 65 682 786 or view their website, http://unkya.com/tour/gurruuja-juun-whale-tail-tour/

Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience

Coffs Harbour

The Giingan Experience is about Gumbaynggirr people, language and culture.  The Cultural Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi”…

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Sealy Lookout, Korora

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The Giingan Experience is about Gumbaynggirr people, language and culture.  The Cultural Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi” (Sealy Lookout) within the Orara East State Forest.  Guests bask in the ambience of 360 degree views and immerse in our culture through stories, songs, language and the uses of native plants.

Further information on dates and availability at https://bmnac.org.au/giingan-tourism-experience/about/

For more information on Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience, view their website, https://bmnac.org.au/giingan-tourism-experience/about/

Gumgali Track – Korora Lookout in the Orara East State Forest.

Coffs Harbour

Gumbaynggirr Elders granted permission to tell the story of Gumgali along the 400-metre walk to Korora Lookout through art, sculpture and sound. The walk involves an entry statement followed by…

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Gumbaynggirr Elders granted permission to tell the story of Gumgali along the 400-metre walk to Korora Lookout through art, sculpture and sound. The walk involves an entry statement followed by large sculptural elements by John van der Kolk. The first sculpture uses timber and metal to tell the story of Gumgali, showing the whole coastline, Gumgali the goanna and the hunters. Weighing in at half a tonne, the three-metre tall sculpture was crafted from local Brushbox timber. The second two-metres tall postcards sculpture has three small windows to create perfectly framed vistas of the coastline at different eye levels. The Ironbark piece is a unique way for the Instagram generation to instantly frame and share their Gumgali experience with the world. At the Optus and Telstra buildings artists have used spray art to tell the story and at the end of the track there is an audio installation

For more information visit. http://interpretivedesign.com.au/portfolio/interpretive-projects/interpretive-visitor-experience/

Deep Water Shark Gallery

Greater Taree

Russell Saunders is a Koori artist from the Biripi people is a gifted artist and sculptor. Visitors to Deep Water Shark Gallery have the opportunity to purchase from a wide…

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Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery

Kempsey

The gallery showcases the work of prominent established and emerging artists of the Dunghutti region and the Mid North Coast. The gallery is housed in the annex of the Kempsey…

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Spirit of the Land

Port Macquarie Hastings

This permanent interactive exhibition at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre offers a journey through Birpai Country, engaging visitors with the Port Macquarie region’s rich Aboriginal culture and showcasing local national parks…

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  • 6582 3355

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Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie

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This permanent interactive exhibition at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre offers a journey through Birpai Country, engaging visitors with the Port Macquarie region’s rich Aboriginal culture and showcasing local national parks through a range of audio visual, interactive media and visual arts displays. Visitors to the exhibition will be captivated by the use of digital sand performances of two Birpai Aboriginal stories, The Legend of the Three Brothers and Birpai Dreaming, and have an opportunity to create their own “sand story” in the sand play light box. The Centre also runs Bush Tucker tours.

For more information on Spirit of the Land, give them a call on 6582 3355 or view their website, http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/north-coast/spirit-of-the-land

Alpitye At Port

Port Macquarie Hastings

This gallery specialises in quality traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artwork from the central, eastern, and western deserts of Central Australia. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am…

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  • 0408 097 189

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1/19 Short St, Port Macquarie

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This gallery specialises in quality traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artwork from the central, eastern, and western deserts of Central Australia. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 12 noon.

For more information on Alpitye At Port, give them a call on 0408 097 189 or view their website, http://www.alpityeatport.com.au

Wadjar Regional Art Gallery

Nambucca

The gallery is located in the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which showcases the local Gumbaynggirr culture. The Gallery aims to be a centre of excellence in Indigenous visual arts for…

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