Adventure paddle with Aboriginal guidesCoffs Harbour, NSW
On Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours, Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung man Clark Webb and his fellow Aboriginal guides share ancient stories in the extraordinary natural landscape of Gumbaynggirr Country, on the New South Wales mid-North Coast.
Stand-up paddle boarding or kayak through one of three Coffs Harbour’s Solitary Islands Marine Park adventure tour locations (the Moonee, Coffs and Red Rock Creeks). Guest will paddle with direct descendants of the world’s first stand up paddlers and connect to land and sea through stories and language.
Visitors can jump aboard a full-day tour, which pairs a paddle with the Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience. The cultural offering is a walking tour through Orara East State Forest, with stunning views from the Forest Sky Pier and an opportunity to feel a deeper connection to the land. This tour takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people with guides sharing intimate stories, songs and language and imparting their knowledge on the use of native plants.
By taking part in the experience, guests are making a direct contribution to the revitalisation of Gumbaynggirr language and culture and contributing to the well-being of the community. Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours work closely with the community and elders and this social enterprise provides an employment pathway for the youth and community through knowledge of language and culture.
- Stand up paddle boarding through the beautiful marine parks
- Collecting and tasting seasonal bush tucker
- Connecting to land and sea through stories and language
- By participating, guests are making a direct contribution towards the Gumbaynggirr community
- A reasonable level of fitness is required but not previous experience kayaking/paddle boarding
Coffs Harbour is mid-way between Brisbane and Sydney, and is easily accessed by plane, car, train and bus. If you are planning on driving, the Pacific Highway is the most direct route.
Adults AUD$44, children under 16 AUD$33.
This experience is just one of more than 185 experiences on offer from 45 businesses in the Discover Aboriginal Experiences collective, all told by the person who owns the story being Aboriginal guided. For more go to Australia.com/aboriginal