New aboriginal-owned tourism venture recently launched on Coffs Coast

Published on : Saturday, April 22, 2017

New aboriginal-owned tourismA new Aboriginal-owned tourism venture has recently been launched on the Coffs Coast combining a sense of adventure with cultural learning.

 
Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours (WYAT) was officially launched in January 2017 for promoting Gumbaynggirr culture and wellbeing of the local community.

 
The launch of WYAT was six years in the making, and owner-operator Clark Webb said extensive research and due diligence was behind the launch.

 
Mr. Webb said, “We just needed to find a ‘hook’ as a way to get people to participate in our tours and then share culture with them along the way. That ‘hook’ is stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, two of the world’s fastest growing watersports. Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are actually cultural activities and as the oldest continuous cultures in the world, paddleboarding was developed here. So people on SUPs and kayaks are doing a cultural activity, most just don’t realise it.”

 
Participants of such tours get to paddle with the direct descendants of the world’s first paddlers and feel a sense of adventure.

 
Mr. Webb said, “We therefore reinvest into BMNAC so that we are encouraging our community to be strong in both culture and education and then create an employment pathway as tour guides, language teachers, artists and performers.”

 
Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours conduct its activities in three of the Coffs Coast’s marine park waterways: Coffs Creek, Moonee and Red Rock.

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