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People. Culture. Country.

Be part of something extraordinary at Saltwater Freshwater Festival on Australia Day. Honour, share and celebrate in the spirit of country where our rivers meet the sea. 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, crafts, language, art, ceremony, children’s and youth area, 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.



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.


Be A Stallholder

Applications are now open for stalls at the 2015 Festival in Coffs Harbour. We are looking to provide our audience with an amazing selection of cuisines and showcase culturally inspired Aboriginal arts and crafts to the wider community. We provide a platform for local stallholders to have a place where they can showcase their products with pride and professionalism.

  • 2015 Principal Sponsor | Galambila AHS

    We are proud to announce Galambila Aboriginal Health Service Incorporated as the Principal Sponsor for the 2015 Festival in Coffs Harbour. Since November 2013, Galambila’s ‘Ready Mob’ and ‘Smoke Free Community’ programs have exceeded all expectations in successfully encouraging Aboriginal people from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie to quit smoking and embrace healthy living. “I […]
  • Four Nations in One Day

    Hear Gumbaynggirr stories, learn the local language and discover the bush foods and medicines of Gumbaynggirr country on bush tucker walks. Get hands on weaving with Worimi artists from Forster and Karuah, make bark canoes with Dunghutti craftsmen from Kempsey, and paint with Taree artists in the Biripi art space. At our 2015 Festival you […]
  • Officially Launched for 2015

    Last Thursday 20 November saw a smoking ceremony and welcome by Uncle Mark Flanders and the Gugabarrway Bindarray dancers mark our official launch of Saltwater Freshwater Festival. SWFW Chair Jo-Anne Kelly officially announced that the Festival is returning to Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens for 2015. We also enjoyed an excerpt from the Coffs Harbour High […]