Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience
Come and experience Gumbaynggirr culture, people and language in an immersive day at the iconic Sealy Lookout, Korora just north of Coffs Harbour. Bask in the ambience of 360 degree views and immerse in Gumbaynggirr culture through stories, songs, language and the uses of native plants.
Runs every second Saturday year round.
The Cultural Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi” (Sealy Lookout) within the Orara East State Forest. Bruxner Park’s Forest Sky Pier, Sealy Lookout Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450.
What to expect
The Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience is about Gumbaynggirr culture, people and language.
This award winning cultural tourism experience operates at the iconic Sealy Lookout, Korora just north of Coffs Harbour.
Giingan Markets (Temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19)
Our markets give visitors and tourists alike the opportunity to purchase products made locally by Aboriginal stallholders, and gives our local artists and creators the opportunity to share their products with the wider community. We are proud to offer this unique market to the list of already fantastic markets the Coffs Coast offers.
The Giingan Experience is about Gumbaynggirr people, language and culture. The Cultural Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi” (Sealy Lookout) within the Orara East State Forest. Guests bask in the ambience of 360 degree views and immerse in our culture through stories, songs, language and the uses of native plants.
By taking part in the experience, guests are making a direct contribution to the revitalisation of Gumbaynggirr language and culture. We are driven by our culture, and by the knowledge that we are competing against time to revitalise the Gumbaynggirr language. We work closely with our community and Elders in order to deliver this Gold Award Winning Experience (Gold Award – NSW Tourism Awards 2019).
Enjoy our Wajaarr Ngaarlu Dancers performance at Sealy Lookout, while enjoying Aunty Jenny's damper. Then take the walk down to Korora Lookout and hear the Dreaming stories of how the land was made to north.
Our Giingan Tour not only offers guests an unforgettable cultural experience, but also offers our Gumbaynggirr community the opportunity to participate and experience speaking traditional language and to practice culture on Country.
This is something that we are truly passionate about- not only offering an amazing tourism experience, but giving our community the opportunity to regain culture and identity, and to be proud of who they are and what we are all achieving.
What is included
The Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience operates at Bruxner Park’s Forest Sky Pier, Sealy Lookout Drive, Coffs Harbour.You are required to make your own way to the location.
No booking is required to attend the Giingan Markets or Nyanggan Gapi Café.
The Giingan Tour runs from 2:00pm – 4:30pm on the second Saturday of every Month.
Meet us at our cafe: Nyanggan Gapi located at Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout), Sealy Lookout Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
What to bring
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (BMNAC)
Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan (BMNAC) translates to ‘two path strong’ in the Gumbaynggirr language which sets the tone for the goals and vision of our organisation.
Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan was established in 2010 when two after school learning centres were set up at Wongala Estate Aboriginal Reserve and Woolgoolga High School. Another after school Learning Centre was established at William Bayldon Primary School in Sawtell in 2012.
The programs that we deliver are designed to ensure that Aboriginal youth are strong in terms of both cultural identity and educational success. It is our goal that our children complete and achieve at school at the same rate as all Australian children in order to compete for real jobs whilst also being knowledgeable and proud of who they are as Aboriginal people.
BMNAC is a not-for-profit Charity with Public Benelevont Institution (PBI) and Deductible Gift Recipiency (DGR) status.
Initially, all three learning centres were coordinated and attended in a voluntary capacity until late 2013 when funding was received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s PaCE initiative to run programs that encourage parents to engage with and participate in the education of their children.
Since 2013 we have continually expanded the scope of our programs in order to meet the aspirations of our community. We now deliver the following:
Goori Learning Centres
A series of three after school Goori Learning Centres (GLCs)
Gumbaynggirr Language Revitalisation Programs & Gumbaynggirr Bilingual School
Including weekly community classes, school packages, recording speakers and teacher training
One per year
Cultural Engagement Training
For schools and organisations
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