22 Jan 2024

Discover Cockle Bay

Things you didn't know about Cockle Bay and its First Nations legacy.

As Australia Day 2024 beckons us to Darling Harbour's serene Cockle Bay, we're not just marking a national holiday; we're embracing a deeper connection with the First Nations heritage that has long enriched this picturesque Sydney locale.

Cockle Bay, or Tumbalong, as it was known by the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, is a place teeming with stories, culture, and a rich legacy. This Australia Day, let's reflect on the wisdom and traditions of the First Nations people, whose profound relationship with the land and sea has shaped this area for thousands of years.

Delve into the history of Cockle Bay and discover how the Gadigal people, with their sustainable living practices and deep respect for nature, have set a model for us to follow. Their eco-conscious methods, reflected in the shell middens along the shore, tell a tale of conservation and coexistence with the environment, a narrative that resonates even more on this significant day. The legacy of the Gadigal people is not just in the past; it's a living, breathing part of Cockle Bay's modern identity.

On January 26, 2024, Cockle Bay makes a perfect spot to reflect, respect, and celebrate. It's a day to acknowledge our history, embrace our diverse present, and look forward to a unified future, deeply rooted in the enduring wisdom of Australia’s First Nations people.