Discover the Shoalhaven's rich Aboriginal history

The Shoalhaven is a unique natural and cultural environment with rich Aboriginal history playing a vital role in making this region so special. Discover more about the region or take a look at Aboriginal experiences below.

Nura Gunyu, Noel Butler, Trish Butler, possum, cultural experience

Booderee National Park

Booderee National Park is co-managed by the local Wreck Bay Community and Parks Australia. Visit Booderee Botanic Gardens or engage in cultural activities like camping stories, weaving and bushtucker in the school holidays. Chat to the local Aboriginal Rangers in the Booderee Visitor Centre for tips on the best beaches and campgrounds. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Koffee Klan caravan at Green Patch or roving through the park. 

Galamban Extraordinary Aboriginal Experiences & Noel Butler from Nuragunyu

Run by the Freeman family, Galamban Extraordinary Aboriginal Experiences offers unforgettable cultural experiences. Learn ancient traditions, hear dreaming stories and engage in the cultural heritage of Wreck Bay. Further South, Noel Butler runs Aboriginal cultural teachings and enrichment programs called Nuragunyu in the Budawang Ranges. 

Uncle Noel
Hand Carved Poles at Crookhaven Heads

Traditional Arts

Traditional arts haven been passed down through the generations and we are lucky to have local artisans sharing their stories with us. Take a walk amongst the hand carved poles at Callala Beach and Crookhaven Heads. Or, if you'd like your very own piece of culture to take home, visit Laddie Timbery at the Jervis Bay Martime Museum. Pick up a boomerang or wall hanging and have a yarn with Laddie - he's a champion boomerang thrower if you need any tips! 

Tours of the Land

Deepen your connection to the land by venturing out on a designated walking track. Stroll the One Track for All or call 4455 5883 to organise a guided tour along Coomee Nulunga Track with a local Aboriginal guide. The National Parks Discover Ranger program also partners with Aboriginal community members who can guide you through Bomaderry Creek Regional Park. This is a very significant place in both recent and ancient history with interpretative signs, mosaics and a rich natural history. 

bushtucker

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