09 February 2022
Start: Byron Bay
Experience 1: Aboriginal Tour Cape Byron
Join highly respected Arakwal Bundjalung elder Delta Kay for a 90 minute guided walk throughout spectacular Cape Byron. Wander through this iconic landscape, soaking in the sights, smells and sounds of this pristine coastal environment as Delta shares Arakwal knowledge and stories passed down through her ancestors over thousands of years. Listen as Delta explains traditional land care techniques, describing the devastating impacts of colonisation. Learn significant words in Bundjalung language and identify an abundance of native bush foods and medicine on your journey.
Stay a little longer and soak up the full Byron experience with an exceptional afternoon of art, food and conversation with award-winning contemporary Aboriginal artist Kate Constantine. Join Kate in her workshop for a delicious 3-course seasonal organic meal with beer and wine pairing overlooking the pristine hinterland of Mullumbimby. Chat freely with Kate about art, culture and life as you dine before taking a seat in a traditional yarning circle to take in Kate’s teachings. Be introduced to Kate’s contemporary Aboriginal dot painting techniques and explore the significance of colour, then try your hand at creating your own masterpiece guided by the principles of storytelling throughout a two hour fully immerive workshop. This incredible experience is a truly unique opportunity to learn and engage with an exceptional First Nations artist in an open and intimate environment.
Leg: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour
Drive: 234km, approx. 2 hours 30 minutes
Stay: Coffs Harbour
Experience: Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience
Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan (two paths strong) Aboriginal Corporation is a not for profit organisation committed to ensuring culturally safe education for First Nations youth. Embark on the incredible Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience to learn about the Gumbaynggirr people, language and culture at the significant location of Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout) within the Orara East State Forest. Take in stunning 360 degree views as you are immersed in Gumbaynggirr culture through stories, song and language and learn about the native plants of the region. Everything that BMNAC does is guided by the principles and values of community, with each person who partakes in the Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience directly contributing to the revitalisation of Gumbaynggir language and culture.
Leg: Coffs Harbour to Scotts Head
Drive: 316km, approx. 3 hours 30 minutes
Stay: Scotts Head
Experience: Gaagal Yuludarla (Ocean Dreaming) Tour
Deepen your understanding of Gumbaynggirr culture with the Gaagal Yuludarla (Ocean Dreaming) Tour. Wander through the picturesque coastal landscape of Scott’s Head, making your way to the breathtaking views of Gaagal Wanggaan (Beach South). Breathe in the fresh, salty air as you listen to the Gumbaynggirr people’s deep, spiritual connection to Dunggirr Julum (Koala Mountain). Throughout your day, learn the creation story of the Gaagal (ocean) and the first wave, watch bush tucker demonstrations and learn the wholistic uses for medicinal plants.
Leg: Scotts Head to Stockton
Drive: 321 km, approx. 3 hours 20 minutes
Experience: One Hour Quad Bike Adventure Tour
Embark on a truly unique cultural adventure amidst the expanse of the Stockton Sand Dunes on Worimi country. Weave up and over the towering sand dunes as you follow your experienced guide on epic exhilerating quad bikes. Listen to stories of the culture and history of this unique landscape as you travel from bush to beach. Zip quickly over tricky terrain or glide along the sand at a leisurely pace. Whatever you prefer, be sure to let your guide know your experience level so they can tailor the perfect pace for your sand dune adventure.
Leg: Stockton to Ettalong
Drive: 110km approx. 1 hour 45 minutes
Experience: Bouddi Aboriginal Walking Tour
Journey through the spectacular Bouddi National Park with Girri Girra. Begin your day with an Acknowledgement of Country and listen to the creation story of this region. As you wander through the picturesque environment, visit significant sites dotted with rock carvings. With each step you take, broaden your understandings of First Nations culture and history through the ancient stories and knowledge shared by your cultural guide. Cleanse your mind and body with a traditional smoking ceremony and revel in the natural beauty of this abundant landscape.
Leg: Bouddi National Park to Sydney
Drive: 1 hr 23 minutes
Experience: The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour – Illi Langi
Make the most of your time in Sydney and join highly respected Dunghutti elder Aunty Margret Campbell to experience the true history of Sydney’s iconic Rocks precinct. During a leisurely walk around the world famous Sydney Harbour, listen to the Dreaming of the Gadigal people and learn the complex knowledge systems that have shaped life on this land for thousands of years. Discover the role of totems and their connection to the network of waterways that run beneath and around the bustling city, giving life to the stunning surrounds. See significant sites with natural ochre and listen to the Dreaming of the saltwater Gadigal people.
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