Saltwater Freshwater Festival was an incredible day. Everyone was smoked in by Uncle Michael Jarrett and David Carriage. Ceremony was opened by local Gumbaynggirr Elders Uncle Mark Flanders and Aunty Bea Ballangarry performing Welcome to Country. Hands were joined and we were immersed in the culture of our region; Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi. Thank you to everyone who came and supported a really special day of togetherness.
People. Culture. Country.
We acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work. We pay our respects to our Elders past, present and future.
Giinagay ngujawiny. Yaam gumbaynggirr jagun. Darruyay yilaaming bindarray juuda warrii gaagalgu. Minyaalu yaaban duguula? Maagunda gunnuu-warluuny barrmarrany, jagun ngiyambandi. Darraya ngujalinya, ngiinda darrundang.
Hello everyone. This is Gumbaynggirr country. Welcome to where the rivers flow and meet the sea. Why have we come together? To celebrate our culture, family and country. Be good you mob, thank you.
Be part of something extraordinary at Saltwater Freshwater Festival on Australia Day. Celebrate in the spirit of country where our rivers meet the sea and experience living Aboriginal culture on the Mid North Coast, home to the nations of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi people.
Saltwater Freshwater Festival is back featuring acclaimed Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach and some of our best national Aboriginal artists. Enjoy dance, story, language, ceremony, art, children and youth areas, workshops, yarn space and food from the heart of our saltwater freshwater communities.
The festival was a massive success in its first year in Coffs Harbour in 2010, and after four years of touring the region, we are now back in Coffs to celebrate as one of the East Coast’s premier Aboriginal cultural events.
Gumbaynggirr language translations by Muurrbay, David Prosser and Clark Webb.
Be A Volunteer
Interested in being a part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival team?
We need volunteers to assist in the lead up to the festival, on the day and in the week after. The festival would not exist without support from our invaluable volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, develop skills, gain experience, learn more about culture and give back to your community.
There are lots of options to get to festival. Whether you want to Park & Ride, Park & Walk, Car Pool or catch the Community Transport Bus. Click below for information.