NameFirst NationsAlternative NameDharawal CountryCollection summaryShellharbour City lies in Dharawal Country.
The Wodi Wodi and Elouera People, Traditional Custodians of the Illawarra and part of the larger Dharawal Nation have lived on, and with this Country for millennia.
The Aboriginal community in Shellharbour has a strong affinity with their cultural heritage and Aboriginal places are significant to the community.
Several creation stories are linked to the Country on which Shellharbour City resides including Gang-Man-Gang - Windang Island, Gurangaty - Lake Illawarra and waterways, Oola-boola-woo – the Five Islands, Merrigong – Illawarra Escarpment, Dienbella - Mount Kembla, and Djeera – Mount Keira.
Explore Dharawal culture through our First Nations Collections.
Shellharbour City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of Dharawal Country and recognises their continued connection to the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and the contribution they make to the life of this city.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed.