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.

Jon Harris, Koorie Gardens, booderee

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. 

On Country Teachings

Run by the Freeman family, Galamban Extraordinary Aboriginal Experiences offers unforgettable cultural experiences that come from many lidfetimes of knowledge. Engage in the cultural heritage of Wreck Bay, learn about tools and technology, hear ancient yarns by the camp fire and even explore at night. At Jervis Bay and parts of the escarpment, Walbanga woman Deidre Martin hosts guided walks, with damper, native tea and optionally weaving under the name of Bugiya Naway Buradja (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow). Further South, you can indulge in a bush food and bush medicine walk with Budawang Elder (horticulturist and chef!) Noel Butler and Nura Gunyu (Swan Country) in the Budawang Ranges. 

Deidre Martin, Aboriginal Elder
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

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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