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Broken Head Holiday Park

The Arakwal people officially reclaimed Broken Head Holiday Park in July 2009, as part of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA2) with the New South Wales Government.

Situated on the beachfront of Broken Head approximately seven kilometres south of Byron Bay, Broken Head Holiday Park (BHHP) is surrounded by Arakwal National Park. There are great walks, surfing, swimming, fishing and stunning views north towards Walgun (Cape Byron) and south along the small bays like Bray’s Beach where our people have fished and camped over many generations.

The Arakwal people continue uphold Aboriginal to cultural values whilst also ensuring Broken Head Holiday Park operates as an affordable holiday destination.

Revenue from the Broken Head Holiday Park is being used for upgrades to the BHHP,operating our corporation and supporting other Arakwal projects.

We are also looking  to develop unique cultural and recreational programs linked to the BHHP  holiday experience.

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Wategos freehold land

Wategos is a small bay and surrounding valley facing north and located next to and overlooked by Cape Byron (Walgun) and its famous lighthouse - the most easterly part of Mainland Australia .

Wategos Beach is a popular visitors spot, and well sought after property area that provides serene views of Nuthungulli and the Wollumbin Mountain caldera hinterland.

As part of ILUA 2 Arakwal People were handed back 2 lots of undeveloped blocks. The Arakwal people are looking at the best options for usage of this land for the long term benefit of our People.


Additional information about our purpose and decisions on this land will be here in the future when available.


Affordable housing

Another goal for the Arakwal people is to provide affordable housing for our People so more of our Mob can live on country.

This is no simple task!!

Our mob have many memories of when Byron Bay was a small isolated fishing town and not known to the world. Now Byron is a very busy and expensive place to live, and  many of our people just simply can’t afford to live here. Seems like the world caught up with Byron Bay and we were left behind!!

It is important that we make the right economic decisions so we can continue to provide much needed affordable housing for our people and our mob can live on country again. So in our business strategies and management of what we have we are looking at how we can bring about our aim to get more Mob back on Country. Watch this space!

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Employment & Training Strategy

Alongside the Arakwal National Park Employment Strategy we have recently  developed an Employment Strategy with Cape Byron Marine Park.

This Employment and Training Strategy was developed to assist us to identify employment opportunities in and around the Cape Byron Marine Park. It is linked to working on Country, with culture, and linking with other agencies.

It is envisaged that as we continue to grow we will have more capacity to offer meaningful employment to Arakwal people both within this Agency and by partnering with others.

This strategy was funded with the assistance of the Cape Byron Marine Park. For further information about this strategy contact us through this website.


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Dolphin (Wajung)
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is an important totem for our people. Wajoong gives us messages about relationships between our clan members, to our ancestors and the past, and also to particular places and sites in our Country. We have stories of our people and dolphins communicating and connecting with each other, including co-operative fishing, sharing resources from the ocean, and playing in the shallows.
Sea Eagle (Miwing)
White Breasted Sea Eagle (Haliaetus leucogaster) is an important totem for us. Miwing gives us messages about clan and family groups, provides knowledge on hunting practices and environmental events on Country. The second largest raptor (bird of prey), you can see the majestic Miwing soaring above you as you walk along Tallow Beach or around the Cape.
Carpet Snake (Kabul)
Carpet Snake (Morelia spilota) as one of our key totems symbolises the relationship of clan members to each other, to our ancestors and the past, and to particular places or sites. Kabul are important to us for their conservation, wild resource and other cultural values.
Brush Turkey (Wollum)
Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami) is a messenger providing clues about and demonstrating knowledge and adaptability in knowing and using Country. Wollum lives and moves freely in the coastal bush, foraging through leaf litter for food to eat. The male builds large mounds out of vegetative material and uses it to incubate their eggs.
Pied Oystercatcher (language name?)
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is an important bird to us because they provide messages about food sources and environmental events in Country. The Pied forages on the beaches and rocky shores, in mudflats of inlets, bays, ocean beaches, and on offshore islets.
Green Turtle (Bijahlin)
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is an important messenger that provides knowledge of the sea Country. Biwing nests on north coast beaches including Tallow Beach and Lennox Heads to the south. Julian Rocks (Nguthungulli) supports significant populations of the Biwing and if you go snorkeling or diving there, you can have a close encounter with these graceful creatures.