On behalf of all of us at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, we would like to acknowledge the original paddlers, the Gadigal clan and Cammeraygal clan of the Eora Nation (Sydney Region) and the Barapa Barapa and Yorta Yorta Nations (Murray River Region), the traditional custodians of this land and water and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present whose country we are surrounded by, and whose waterways we paddle on.
Something we would like for you to think as you start your paddling experience, is the amazing water-story that we are now part of.
For well over 15000 years; Indigenous Australians took to the water to hunt, fish and to get around our great water-ways.
They built wonderful bark canoes that were known as NAWIS (saltwater) / YUKIS (freshwater), they had a great shape that looked very similar to the hull shape that our modern day nawis have.
We know that they also used their bark canoes for fun; and it’s easy to believe, as we all know how fun it is to be out on Australia's waters.
The Australian paddling history is old and strong and as we paddle these special waters tonight, we would like for you to feel and know that you are part of this evolution over this past 1000 generations.