The Cooks River Alliance is taking active steps to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our community. Accordingly, Wurridjal Festival events have been postponed. The Alliance remains strongly committed to supporting a connected Cooks River community that is caring for country. We are therefore working towards alternative ways of delivering some Wurridjal Festival events online. Watch this space in the coming weeks.
It’s mullet season on the Cooks River!
The festival marks the start of a season when thousands of mullet – known as ‘wurridjal’ in the Dharug or Eora Aboriginal languages spoken in the Sydney region – enter the Cooks River during their pre-spawning migration along the east coast of Australia.
Mullet season is one of the happiest times of the year for Aboriginal communities in and around Kamay (Botany Bay). It recalls a time of plenty and community gatherings and is looked upon fondly to this day. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history along the Cooks River here.
Look out for mullet on the river throughout March and send us your best shots of a jumping mullet – if you’re quick enough!
This festival is made possible by Alliance member councils – Bayside Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Inner West Council and Strathfield Council – and the many dedicated volunteers and community organisations up and down the river.