The Aboriginal culture experience begins with a welcome to Yuin country, dance performance, dinner, a tour briefing and traditional yarning circle.
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 to learn and immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture. Gulaga Mountain is the center piece of the Yuin people and as traditional knowledge holders and teachers, NNCA guide you in this 2 night – 1 day Indigenous experience to connect you to the creation stories and enable you to walk away with a piece of the sacred dreaming of the Yuin forever.
Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness motto is ‘give it away to keep it’. By sharing our culture and generational knowledge, we want to show that traditional Aboriginal culture is well and truly alive in South Eastern Australia
Your journey begins with transfers to your groups first night accommodation, checkin followed by a delicious group dinner.
Get to know your fellow travelers tonight with the option to explore a local bar. In the morning wake up to breakfast before a short drive South to be greeted by our Gulaga Creation hosts.
The Gulaga Creation Tour is a 40 hour experience that starts on the evening of Day 1 and concludes mid-morning on Day 3. The traditional custodians of Yuin country – Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness invite you to come, walk and listen to a sacred dreaming of creation that Gulaga holds. This tour includes two nights accommodation, meals as indicated and a team of guides from NNCA offering insights, knowledge and dreamtime stories for the duration of the experience.
Tour returns to your place of departure.
The tour is accommodated at Island View Resort, Narooma. Prices are based on shared accommodation.
Private accommodation is available at additional cost.
Shared accommodation is in the 5 bedroom Olympic Cabin and 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. Check in: From 5pm (It is recommended that you arrive and check-in by 6.30pm) Check out: Between 10am - 11am.
Private Accommodation is available.
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 $330.00 is in addition to the standard price for 2 nights. Check in: From 2pm (It is recommended you arrive and check-in by 6.30pm) Check out: Between 10am - 11am.
Please note: catering and activities will be held in the Olympic Cabin with the main group.
Day one: Dinner, accommodation and activities as defined in the itinerary.
Day two: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation and activities as defined in the itinerary.
Day three: Breakfast and activities as defined in the itinerary.
The following is a guideline to meals served where included in the itinerary.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 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sausages, beans, cereal, 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.
Tours operate from October through to May and start Thursday at 4pm and finish on Sunday at 5pm. See scheduled tour dates above.
Midweek group bookings are available and are perfect for niche tourism groups, families, corporate and workplace team building and for cultural competency requirements Tours start Wednesday 7pm through to Friday 11am and are available by request and subject to availability.
As this experience includes an outdoor 5-7 hour walking tour, we recommend:
Pre Tour accommodation: 1 night group accommodation is included for all tours departing Sydney or Wollongong.
Traditional Welcome - The experience begins with a welcoming to Yuin country, dance performance, dinner, a tour briefing and traditional yarning circle.
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 4pm and 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 and 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.
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.
Private group tours available on request.
Bus transfers are available for additional costs from Nowra/Bomaderry Railway Station, Moruya (Local), Sydney and Canberra Airports Fares are based on location and hourly rate basis, prices start at $80-$150 per person, minimum group size of 12 people applies.