AVOCA BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

5 Lands Walk

24 Jun to 31 Jul 2017

The 5 Lands Walk is a community-based cultural, physical and spiritual event based in Gosford City on the NSW Central Coast. It connects: five beachside communities - the 5 Lands of MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca Beach, North Avoca and Terrigal, the local Aboriginal community, and the local ethnic communities.

The 5 Lands Walk is not a race, nor an extreme bushwalk � it�s a journey through and with the communities of the Central Coast, experiencing the diverse cultural offerings of the communities and the landscape in which they dwell.
The intention of the Walk is to engender a sense of belonging and connectedness in the communities that participate. And have some fun, too.

Walk With Us - 24 June 2017

About the 5 Lands Walk

The 5 Lands Walk is a community-based cultural, physical and spiritual event based in Gosford City on the NSW Central Coast

It connects:

  • Five beachside communities - the 5 Lands of MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca  Beach, North Avoca and Terrigal
  • The local Aboriginal community.
  • Local ethnic communities.

The 5 Lands Walk is not a race, nor an extreme bushwalk; it's a journey through and with the communities of the Central Coast, experiencing the diverse cultural offerings of the communities and the landscape in which they dwell.

In fact, you don't have to complete all the walk to enjoy the wide variety of actvities and experiences - you can sample just some of the programs.  But completeing the walk will maximise your experience.

The intention of the Walk is to engender a sense of belonging and connectedness in the communities that participate. And have some fun, too.

Spirituality in this context is not conventional, religious-based spirituality, but the spirituality any participant may personally feel through enhanced connection with People and Place. You will define and experience this in your own personal way.

The 5 Lands Walk programme comprises three elements

  • A walking route that follows our spectacular coastline for nine kilometres, encompassing beaches, headlands, bushland and the specific Five Lands.
  • Cultural and fun events near the Surf Clubs at each of the beaches, hosted by each of the 5 Lands, including multicultural programmes from ethnic groups located on the Central Coast.
  • An Aboriginal program of activities undertaken by the local Aboriginal community through Aboriginal community groups that overarches the event and binds it spiritually.

The walking route and each Land through which it passes offers you connection with:

  • The land
  • The ocean, beaches and coastal lagoons
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Various ethnic communities
  • The communities of the 5 Lands

    Through these connections, you can experience

      • the art, music, dance, culture and food of each community
      • travel through bushland, beaches and the built environment,
      • personal participation in events as diverse as whale watching, cultural workshops and kite flying.

    Through these activities the 5 Lands Walk fulfills its vision of "Connecting People to People and People to Place".

    Check the page for each Land and lead-up event to see what's happening where and when.

    The walk is timed around the winter solstice, so celebrates to coming of warmer seasons and longer days.  This is the time of year when the humpback whales northern migration past our beaches is well underway.

    The humpback whale is the totem of the Darkinjung people of the Central Coast, so the whale forms an important part of the symbolism of the Walk.  Presentations on whales and whale watching are a popular and spectacular part of the event, and you have an excellent chance of seeing whales during the day from the beaches and headlands.

    The Aboriginal community will participate in ceremonies during the lead-up events and on the day of the Walk, ensuring that events are physically and spiritually safe for participants. They will also spend part of the day at North Avoca offering cultural events, workshops, stories, song and dance.

    The power of the 5 Lands Walk to successfully develop relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on the Central Coast has been recognised by its winning the Cultural Award of the NSW Local Government and Shires Association in the category Aboriginal Cultural Development for Aboriginal Arts.

    You may walk as much or as little of the route as you wish and when you wish.

    You may choose to walk only one or two of the sections between each community, depending on your ability or interests.  You may choose to walk none of the walk, but still visit any Land whose program is of interest to you. The route is on beaches, paths through bushland, roadways and roadside footpaths.  It can be undertaken by any able-bodied person, including children.

    And you can leave your wallet at home!  There are no charges to participate in any of the events of the 5 Lands Walk on 3 July, including shuttle buses. However, you may wish to purchase refreshments from cafes and shops located in most of the Lands.

    Parts of the route are in reserves or beaches where dogs are not permitted.  Please respect this. Where dogs are permitted, please keep them on a lead for the comfort of your fellow walkers, unless the area is a specified "dogs of leash" zone. Beaches and bushland tracks may not be suitable for child strollers, wheelchairs, walking frames or bicycles. 

    We hope that the Walk will proceed regardless of the weather, but the route may be altered if necessary.  Shuttle buses may be used where obstacles such as flooding need to be avoided.

    If circumstances are extreme, we may need to cancel the event, but our expectation is that we will proceed - rain, hail or shine.