Spirit of the Coorong Ngarrindjeri Kurangk Culture Experience Tour
Join ‘Spirit of the Coorong’, ‘Kool Tours’ – ‘Kula-Tind-Jeri’ for an authentic tribal experience into the Coorong-Kurangk National Park.
Gain an understanding of the history and rich knowledge of the local indigenous Tribes-Laklinyeri. Cruise the beautiful waterways of the wetlands and head ashore with an Indigenous guide for a trek through cultural sites, finding traditional foods, medicines and discovering how the Ngarrindjeri have survived here for thousands of years.
The Tour will include cruising down the last stretch of fresh water in the river Murray, travelling through the Goolwa lock, down into the brackish tidal waters of the Coorong, exploring the sand banks & mudflats for migratory water birds before seeing the Murray Mouth. We will then continue into the Kurangk for and pull ashore for an expert guiding experience through the dunes, beach & middens – your Ngarrindjeri guide will share knowledge, language and initiate you into the country with a smoke ceremony, while learning all the bush-food berries, foods and medicinal plants along the way.
The tour includes:
Bottle of Spring Water
Lunch (including native bush-food elements)
A local Wine or/ Beer served w/ lunch
Addition drinks available for purchase
Expert Captain’s commentary on-board
Expert Authentic Culture Experience with Ngarrindjeri Guide
This tour will require moderate fitness – the guided walk will covering elements of hard compacted ground, soft sand dunes, sandy beach, along with sections of rustic boardwalk over sandy areas. It is expected to be a gentle paced, meandering walk covering ~3+ kilometres.
Our Yundi Tour
Come and take a 2-3-hour majestic walk over Country with elders and other Tribal peoples who will share their ancient knowledge of plants, Australian Bush Medicine and Australian Bush Foods, birds and other wildlife and dreaming stories, whilst interacting with visitors giving them opportunities to share their wisdom as well. This two-way learning supports of philosophy of togetherness and Wirritjin.
Costs $65 per head for groups of 10 or with a picnic basket provided to stop off on the way or in the purpose built Pulgi (dwelling) at $95 per head. Please contact to negotiate if the numbers are higher or a little lower as we want to provide a culturally based experience regardless of numbers.
Pick up can be arranged at an extra cost from (The Meeting Place 162 Main Road McLaren Vale SA or depending on numbers Red Poles 190 McMurtrie Road McLaren Vale SA) or as there are limited car space a small group could meet at the property. Contact us for details.
It is a great opportunity for corporate groups to unwind in a peaceful surrounding and for bird watchers and animal lovers to just sit in the peace and tranquility.
Meet at Yundi at 10am (9:45 McLaren Vale)
Begin a gentle walk through the wilderness with an experienced guide Indigenous guide who will explain the bush from a Tribal perspective and how their people utilized and lived off the land.
11.30 am Stop for billy tea and damper and taste local produce. (Those wishing for only a walk through will the wilderness will skip this or they can provide your own snack)
Continue walk and talk.
12:30 pm. Stop for lunch of more local produce and (for those wishing to have this otherwise supply own food is certainly an option) have a discussion with your guide on the world through the eyes of indigenous peoples.
Completion of tour and those returning to McLaren Vale will travel back (arriving at approximately 2:15pm) otherwise guests are able to leave any time prior to the end of tour at 2pm.
Warki Cultural Awareness on Country
45 minutes to one hour.
Our short walk and talk are a journey through time, looking at bush foods and medicines and the way the Warki traditionally utilised Country and Country looked after our people.
Costs. $45 per head
Continue the travel through time and enjoy a billy tea and damper stop before gliding through the wetlands to experience a host of potential wildlife and many rare botanical species.
Costs. $65 per head.
Walk on Country experiencing Warki life, enjoy tea and damper and sit and talk by an open fire (weather permitting).
During this period, you will get the opportunity to have a delicious bush tucker themed meal with choice of tea, coffee or water.
Whilst you are enjoying your meal talk with an Aboriginal elder about life, social history and gain an awareness of a day in their life through the past and present and discuss their aspirations for the future. Cost of whole package is $130 per head ($10 of every full package goes back to community to grow more foods and other plants).
Our menu is based on bringing the past into the future with a selection of bush foods incorporated into our exquisite selection.
Our foods are freshly sourced by Aboriginal elders and depending on the season you will be treated to the tastes of Country.
Topics discussed during your cultural awareness sessions can include.
- Each session includes a smoking ceremony and participants will experience the importance of a holistic self.
- Pre- and post-colonial times.
- Life of the Warki.
- Current political issues and concerns.
- Policies over time that have shaped Aboriginal life.
- Bush tucker and bush medicines.
- Aboriginal plant knowledge.
- Aboriginal wildlife knowledge.