Long-awaited indigenous welcome for Sydney Harbour visitors

Tribal Warrior is awarded for cultural cruises that remain true to Aboriginal roots

Visitors to Sydney are now certain of a real Australian welcome, with indigenous cultural cruises right in the heart of the tourist precinct.

Established as an indigenous maritime training company, the Tribal Warrior Association noticed a gap in Sydney’s tourism market. Despite being the gateway to Australia, our indigenous heritage was taking a back seat.

So Tribal Warrior combined their maritime skills and cultural authority to create Sydney Harbour’s only Aboriginal cruises.

The company is now rapidly becoming recognised as a quality indigenous tourism operator, recently being declared state winner in the PublicityShip Hidden Jewel Awards and enjoying coverage on Channel Nine’s travel show, Postcards.

With the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as unique backdrops, Tribal Warrior’s refurbished ex-navy torpedo recovery vessel, Deerubbun, now cruises the waters five times a week.

Stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Gammeraigal, Wangal and Wallumedegal peoples are told as the boat makes its way past the harbour’s sandstone cliffs, beaches, rocky foreshore and picturesque inlets, including an island visit for a traditional Aboriginal welcoming dance.

“Our cruises are a chance to experience authentic Aboriginal culture with an all Aboriginal crew whilst enjoying the sights of this beautiful, historic harbour,” said CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association, Shane Phillips

The association’s flagship vessel, Tribal Warrior, is also available for charters, popular with corporate groups and for special occasions.

“The Tribal Warrior, at 108 years old, is officially the oldest timber working boat in the country,” said Phillips.

Tribal Warrior uses both vessels to train Aboriginal youth in maritime skills.

A non-profit organisation, owned and controlled by Aboriginal Elders and grassroots community representatives, the Tribal Warrior Association was set up in the late 1990s to provide training for maritime qualifications, encouraging work ethics and cultural values amongst the disadvantaged.

In almost a decade the association has trained about 800 youngsters who have gone on to careers in the maritime industry.

Further information

To view the Postcards segment, click here and scroll down.

For more information on Tribal Warrior, visit tribalwarrior.org
or contact:
Shane Phillips
The Tribal Warrior Association
Ph: (02) 9699 3491
Email: sales@tribalwarrior.org

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