Join the Bombora Tours team in bringing the Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk to life for students, businesses, tourists and locals. Explore the fascinating Indigenous, Colonial and modern history of our City Beaches and surrounds. Discover our plants, sea life and animals that call this beautiful coastline home.
The beaches & coastal tracks we venture are full of edible seaweeds, fruits, seeds and leaves. The local Indigenous mobs have utilised these bush foods and medicines for up to 120,000 years.
The early European settlers learnt from the First Nation People how to forage these foods.
Here are a few:
The Dianella Berry, commonly known as blueberry lily, blue flax-lily, black anther flax-lily or spreading flax-lily grows all over Australia. Considered a native Blue Berry, local Indigenous people ate this berry, the roots and used the leaf as a whistle to attract snakes.
Warrigal Greens are Australia’s answer to English spinach. These bush tucker greens have been used as a spinach substitute since early European colonisation in Australia. This plant is native to both Australia and New Zealand, as well as Chile, Argentina and Japan.
Warrigal is Dharug language, meaning “wild”.
The lilly pilly or as the English called it, the riberry, is one of the most popular plants in Australia today. Eaten by First Australians for thousands of years they can be picked straight from the tree or made into jam, cordials or sauces.