Aboriginal cultural heritage

Byron Shire Council recognises the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal people, the Minjungbal people and the Widjabul people as Traditional Owners and custodians for parts of the Byron Shire. 

Protection and preservation of cultural heritage and the broader environment is very important to Aboriginal people.  Byron Shire Council is committed to working with Aboriginal custodians within the Shire to protect places of cultural significance.

Aboriginal places and objects are an important part of the rich heritage of Byron Shire, providing links to culture, environment and knowledge for local Aboriginal communities.


In NSW the principal laws which govern Aboriginal heritage matters are:

More information is also provided on the Aboriginal heritage impact permits page on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Days Activity Book was produced by Byron Shire Council with representatives of the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal People and artists from the local Aboriginal community. 

It includes activities and information on:

  • Survival Day - Invasion Day
  • National Apology Day
  • National Close the Gap Day 
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • NAIDOC Week
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day 

and other important days of social and historical importance.

Download a copy of the Our Cultural Days Activity Book(PDF, 18MB).