The Gawura migration signifies revitalisation and birth of a new generation, a unique and ongoing story of Aboriginal connection to country. Sydney Living Museums’ annual Whale Festival invites visitors on a journey of interpretation to help understand this special story shared by many different Aboriginal communities.
Join us from 10am on Vaucluse Estate Beach Paddock for the traditional Smoking Ceremony by Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison and Welcome to Country by Aunty Vivienne, both from Yuin Country, to set the scene.
As the tide of Sydney Harbour slowly begins to rise, experience the significance of the whale to Aboriginal culture through dance performances from Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness and the Djaadjawan Dancers.
Fred's Bush Tucker will cook up local fish which provides a cultural connection to the harbour for the local Birrabirragal people, while inside the Vaucluse House kitchen, Sydney Living Museum's own colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling will be cooking up some some traditional whaler’s ‘pot luck’ seafood stew referencing Sydney’s early whaling industry.
Children can create their own scratch art inspired by the whale engravings or handle a piece of whale baleen. Visitors can also take a whale themed tour of the historic Vaucluse House.
Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a selection of food in the Vaucluse House Carriage Loop including Fred's Bush Tucker, Kallico Catering and coffee from Cafexpress. You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch or high tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms. Open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Reservations recommended, call 02 9388 8188.
We acknowldge the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting takes place, and pay respect to Elders both past and present.
Whale Festival Program [PDF 1.6MB]