Gulaga Creation Tour

YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness

Explore Yuin country on the South Coast of New South Wales with Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness (NNCA). The traditional custodians of Yuin country invite you to come, learn and immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture.

During the Gulaga Creation Experience your Yuin guide will explain the significance of Country, culture and dreaming. Gulaga Mountain is central to Yuin culture, dreaming and people of the Narooma/Tilba region on the South Coast. As traditional knowledge holders and teachers, NNCA will guide you on this two night, one day Aboriginal experience, connecting you to the creation stories and allowing you to walk away with a piece of the sacred dreaming of the Yuin forever. 

Insights into your experience

The Gulaga Creation Tour is a 2 night, 1 day (40 hour) experience that starts on the evening of Day 1 and concludes mid-morning on Day 3. This tour includes two nights’ accommodation, meals as indicated and a team of guides offering insights, knowledge and dreamtime stories for the duration of the experience.

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness (NNCA) was established in 2011 and is an Aboriginal owned and operated Cultural service provider running Aboriginal tourism experiences in the Narooma/Tilba region on the South Coast of New South Wales on Yuin Country

Your lead guide is Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison with over 17 years of experience along with 9 generations of cultural teachings passed down. Dwayne and the family team at NNCA invite all walks of life onto Yuin country.

Key experiences

  • Participate in and witness traditional Aboriginal ceremony, dance, yidaki (didgeridoo), and yarning circles
  • Meet, talk with and learn from knowledgeable Aboriginal guides – the traditional custodians and community from the Yuin nation with generational traditional interpretation
  • Walk and experience Gulaga Mountain from an ancient cultural way of knowing
  • Learn about the Yuin peoples creation story and the Aboriginal Dreamtime, history and culture
  • Be part of a life-shifting unearthing traditional Aboriginal immersive experience

Itinerary Features

Day One:
Traditional Welcome
- The experience begins with a welcoming to Yuin country, dance performance, dinner, a tour briefing and traditional yarning circle.

Day Two:
Sunrise Beach Ceremony – this is the way you will start your day, out on the sand welcoming one of the Yuin elements in a traditional sacred ceremony with spectacular ocean scenery. This is followed by a continental breakfast.

Gulaga guided day tour – starting at the historic Pam’s Store in Tilba Tilba you will begin your journey onto the sacred Gulaga Mountain. This involves a 2 hour ascent of walking, taking in all the surrounds of Gulaga National Park complemented by the tour guides knowledge and protocol sharing - this truly gives you the opportunity to look, listen and see what Gulaga has to offer and its importance to the Yuin people, from cultural knowledge handed down from generation to generation. This is the core aspect of the experience and takes most of the day. Packed lunch is included.

Arrival back at the Island View Resort is between 4-5pm allowing free time before the evening events.

Traditional Reflection Yarning Circle – Following your full guided tour all with ceremony, knowledge and an immersive walk, you will get to unwind with a localized Indigenous flavored dinner including fresh seafood & kangaroo meals. You’ll hear Yidaki (didgeridoo) then listen and share your experience in a traditional yarning circle led by the custodians to enhance your immersive cultural experience, truly a highlight of the tour.

Day Three:
Farewell Beach Ceremony -
A morning beach ceremony concludes the formal part of the tour. These are traditional seasonal ceremonies that can range from a Whale dreaming to a traditional healing ceremony. This is followed by traditional dancing. Breakfast is then served back at the Resort

Inclusions

Aboriginal guide
Accomodation
All meals
First aid
Water

You should bring

Backpack
Camera
Hat
Spare clothing
Sunscreen
Toiletries
Towel
Walking shoes
Water bottle
Wet gear

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Things to know

This is a 2 night experience commencing at 5.30pm on Day 1 and concluding at 10-11am on Day 3

Rates per person AUD including GST
Adult: $605 (16 years and over)
Child: $220 (5 years up 16 years)
Child: Under 5 years free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Inclusions:

  • All meals (Day 1- Dinner, Day 2 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Day 3 – Breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Island View Beach Resort Narooma
  • Activities as defined in the itinerary features.

Accommodation:

The experience is accommodated at Island View Resort, Narooma. Prices are based on shared accommodation. Private accommodation is available at an additional cost.

Shared Accommodation: 5 bedroom Olympic Cabin which includes 2 double bedrooms (a priority for couples), 3 bunk rooms accommodating 4 – 6 people per room, 3 bathrooms, self-contained kitchen, outdoor decking area, and large living/dining area with wood fire heating. All the included meals are catered for in the Olympic Cabin and the group activities are here.

Private Accommodation: This option is available for guests who wish or require private accommodation. Accommodation is in a two bedroom cabin (one double bedroom, and one bunk room accommodating 2 people) with sole use for the individual, or small group of up to four.
*The extra cost of $400 is in addition to the standard price for 2 nights.

Please note catering and activities will be held in the Olympic Cabin with the main group.

Check in time: From 5.30pm (2pm for Private accommodation). It is recommended that you arrive and check-in by 6.30pm.
Check out: Between 10am - 11am

Sample menu:
The following is a guideline to meals served where included in the itinerary features. Vegetarian and gluten free diets can be accommodated. Dietary requirements must be advised at the time of booking.
Continental breakfast: Toast, fruit, cereal, yogurt, juice, tea and coffee
Full cooked: Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sausages, beans, cereals and fruit, juice, tea and coffee
Lunch: Packed lunch including cold meat and salad rolls, fruit.
Dinner: Indigenous cuisine including local seafood, kangaroo with a range of Indigenous spices and spreads, salads, juice, tea and coffee.
What to bring
As this experience includes an outdoor 5-7 hour walking tour, we recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a backpack, sunscreen, hat, and water bottle. If wet weather is predicted, it is recommended to pack wet weather gear and a change of light warm clothes for the day walk.
Location
Narooma and the neighbouring Tilba region is located just over 4 hours and 30 minutes drive south of Sydney, 3 hours drive east of Canberra and 8 hours drive north east of Melbourne.

Airport Transfers:
Bus transfers are available for additional costs from Moruya (Local), Sydney and Canberra Airports.
Fares are based on location & hourly rate basis prices start at $80-$150 per person min group size of 6.

A Note About Our Experiences

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness offers two key experiences. Both experiences include a range of cultural experiences across 2 nights that starts on the evening of Day 1 and concludes mid-morning on Day 3. Please see below the key points of difference to assist in deciding which experience better suits you.

The Gulaga Creation Experience offers National Park immersion with moderate-mid range shared cabin accomodation. This experience includes higher physical activity than the Djirringanj Dreaming Tour.

The Djirringanj Dreaming Tour is a high end camping experience with a fine dining menu and cooking demonstrations. It is less physically demanding than the Gulaga Creation experience.

Important Information:

  • COVID Plan Restrictions will be implemented with guidance from NSW & Australian Government compliance
  • No alcohol or substances are permitted on this experience.
  • We have a 4WD escort available for the less mobile this needs to be indicated upon booking (weather and track conditions apply)
  • We require you to use your own transport to drive 15km return to Tilba from Island View Resort in groups under 12.
  • Please advise us of any medical conditions or previous injuries upon your booking
  • Please keep in mind you will be required to walk 10km (approx.) 4WD escorts will require around 1km of steady walking
  • Please ensure you have adequate water bottles. We will have some spare however only limited supplies.

Meeting point

Island View Beach Resort Narooma. 7323 Princes Hwy, Narooma, NSW, 2546

Location

Narooma and the neighbouring Bega Valley region is located just over 4 hours and 30 minutes’ drive south of Sydney, 3 hours’ drive east of Canberra and 8 hours’ drive north east of Melbourne.

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