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The City of Holdfast Bay acknowledges Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land. We respect their spiritual relationship with country that has developed over thousands of years, and the cultural heritage and beliefs that remain important to Kaurna People today.

The Kaurna People are the original people of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains, whose country stretches from Crystal Brook in the north to Cape Jervis in the south. The coastal plains between Glenelg and Kingston Park provided a hospitable summer camp environment with rolling sand dunes, freshwater lagoons and natural springs for the Kaurna people, where food and water was plentiful. When the winter months approached the Kaurna people generally moved further inland to the foothills to avoid the flooding of estuaries and rivers. This seasonal movement allowed food sources to regenerate which was part of the careful management of their lands.

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together)

A new permanent exhibition in collaboration with the Kaurna Nation exploring the true history of South Australia. Learn about the settlement of South Australia in parallel with the historical experiences of Aboriginal people.

For further information visit: Bay Discovery Centre.


Tjilbruke Spring

The Tjilbruke Spring site located along the Kingston Park Coastal Reserve is of great cultural importance and spiritual significance to the Kaurna people and to the wider Aboriginal population. For thousands of years the permanent freshwater spring has been bubbling away in the sand and once formed a freshwater coastal lagoon.

The sacred spring site is part of the extensive Tjilbruke Dreaming Story. Tjilbruke is an important Dreaming ancestor to Kaurna people and the Tjilbruke spring site along with the Dreaming Story remains sacred to the Kaurna people today.

Nganu and Tjilbruke a tale of two heroes

This short video story has been developed by Monash University through partnership between Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi Aboriginal Corporation and South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools, in consultation with Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien.

Nganu and Tilbruke - A tale of two heroes.

Tjilbruke Monument

On top of the cliff overlooking both Tjilbruke Spring and the spectacular coastal views the Tjilbruke monument was erected in 1972 to commemorate the Tjilbruke Dreaming story. Designed and created by Sculptor John Dowie it represents Tjilbruke carrying his dead nephew, Kulultuwi, on his journey south.

The Tjilbruke Journey

Kaurna yarta – ana Cultural Map

The Kaurna Yarta-ana brochure is a guide to sites of Kaurna Significance and Historical Landscapes in the City of Holdfast Bay. Hard copies of the brochure are available from the Holdfast Bay History Centre, Bay Discovery Centre the Brighton and Glenelg Libraries and the Brighton Civic Centre.

Kaurna Acknowledgement

We would like to Acknowledge that the land we meet on today is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The week long celebration is an ideal opportunity for all Australians to explore ways to join the national reconciliation effort.

National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June, commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the historic High Court Mabo decision.

NRW is an opportunity for people to come together and learn about the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and join the national reconciliation journey.

Come and celebrate the 2020 National Reconciliation Week events with us.

To find out more or to register for the workshops please see below.


NAIDOC Week is held annually in the first week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our community.