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It’s mullet season on the Cooks River and the 2021 Wurridjal Program is here! Download the program below, or view the event listings online. Note that many events have limited capacity because of COVID regulations, so advance booking may be required. All events are free of charge.

Wurridjal Djalang

Calling all Aboriginal poets to participate in Poets in the Parks. Send in your  Expression of Interest Wurridjal Djalang  by 22 February. 

The festival marks the start of a season when thousands of mullet – known as ‘wurridjal’ in the Aboriginal languages spoken in the Sydney region – enter the Cooks River during their pre-spawning migration along the east coast of Australia. For thousands of years the river was healthy and a source of food for Aboriginal people.

Mullet season is a time of plenty and of community gatherings. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history along the Cooks River here.

With 40+ free events happening throughout March, the festival highlights that we all value and celebrate the river and will continue to restore it.

From caring for country activities and cultural learning experiences, to wildlife encounters and riverside recreation, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Click below to download the PDF of this year’s program: