We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal peoples on whose land we now stand. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

About Us

A little about what we do.

Welcome Welcome

Welcome to another year of celebrating First Australian culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region.

About Gai-mariagal Festival About Gai-mariagal Festival

The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region.

The Cover The Cover

Australian designer Tim Moriarty created the cover image for the 2018 Gai-mariagal Festival. It is inspired by the land the waterways of the Northern Beaches.

Important Dates

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week offers people across Australia the opportunity to focus on reconciliation, to hear about the cultures and histories of Australia’s First Nations peoples, and to explore new and better ways of meeting challenges in our communities.

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal peoples on whose land we now stand. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

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Guringai Festival Committee

Susan Moylan-Coombs Susan Moylan-Coombs

Susan Moylan-Coombs’ ancestry is Woolwonga Gurindji from the Northern Territory.

Sue Pinckham Sue Pinckham

Aunty Sue Pinckham is a very proud Birpi woman from the Mid North coast of NSW.

Caroline Glass-Pattison Caroline Glass-Pattison

Caroline Glass-Pattison is a proud Wiradjuri, Dungutti woman, residing in Gai-mariagal Country for over three decades.