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.
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
In the Nowra region Djiriba Waagura (meaning two crows) is run by Matthew Simms, A Wandi Wandian man offering immersive cultural experiences such as cultural walks that includes spear making, dance, bush food and storytelling in the Nowra area. At Booderee, 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.
A feast for your eyes as well as your belly, Mirritya Mundya means Hungry Blackfish, and is based in Callala at Jervis Bay. They've trained with amazing Australian chefs and specialise in wholesome homemade cuisine in the form of grazing platter boxes and pop-up luncheons and dinners with an indigenous twist. You can order online and they'll deliver to you! Plan your trip to include a delightful brunch by the sea, morning tea on a coastal lookout or sunset starters at your accommodation. The menu includes sweet and savoury, with low and slow smoked proteins, native bread and the signature Lemon Myrtle Blackfish.
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 02 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.
Traditional arts haven been passed down through the generations and we are lucky to have local artisans sharing their stories with us. Raymond Timbery has taken over his grandfather, Laddies legacy at Bidjigal Arts and Crafts in Huskisson. Browse the shop for cultural artefacts, learn how to throw a boomerang or go on a bush tucker tour around the mangroves of Currambene Creek. Right next door to the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Raymond and his team can take bookings for groups on 0402 547 660. Head north and take a walk amongst the hand carved poles at Callala Beach and Crookhaven Heads.