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.

What's On

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.


Getting There

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.

Getting There
  • Emma Donovan | Gumbaynggirr Soul Woman

    We caught up with Emma Donovan and asked what it means for her to be playing at the Festival? Emma says ‘it’s a special one for me cause this year the PutBacks will be home on Gumbayngirr Jagun with me this time, bringing them mob home to see country and meet all the family will […]
  • Have you been ‘Flash Mobbed’ yet?

    Have you experienced the phenomenon that has been sweeping the Mid North Coast since July 2013? (Our) Flash Mob is a six minute dance piece performed by young Aboriginal people that has been popping up in shopping centres, offices, parks, beaches and public spaces across the region. The annual Saltwater Freshwater dance and cultural camp […]
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  • Gugabarrway Bindarray

    Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr man Steve Donovan will be performing at the 2015 festival as part of the dance duo, Gugabarrway Bindarray. Incorporating traditional moves and contemporary style, the duo create powerful dance pieces representing various aspects of Aboriginal culture and country. Steve loves Saltwater Freshwater Festival and will also be conducting dance workshops. He […]
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