Kris Cook

Kris Cook

Yidabal Galii Maa
Ballina, NSW, Australia
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Yidabal Galii Maa
Ballina, NSW, Australia
Qualification and identity verified

About

Kris, a Nyangbal man of the Bundjalung Nation, is a guide offering connection to Country through walks in far northern New South Wales. Being born a Nyangbal man and father of five, Kris believes he has a cultural responsibility to share his stories and customs with visitors to his Country. Having grown up and lived on Country all his life, Kris feels blessed to have acquired the knowledge of his ancestors passed down through the generations of Cook men. Nyangbal country is of high cultural... Kris, a Nyangbal man of the Bundjalung Nation, is a guide offering connection to Country through walks in far northern New South Wales. Being born a Nyangbal man and father of five, Kris believes he has a cultural responsibility to share his stories and customs with visitors to his Country. Having grown up and lived on Country all his life, Kris feels blessed to have acquired the knowledge of his ancestors passed down through the generations of Cook men. Nyangbal country is of high cultural significance. Many of his ancestors’ continuing practises and customs are still visible today, handed down through stories, places and language. He says that part of being on Country is connecting with nature, ancestors, ancestral beings and your surroundings. With the knowledge passed on to him, Kris is willing to share the customs and practices of his old people to create awareness and acknowledgement of the oldest and continuing culture in the world. Kris began offering the guided walks in 2019 out of a desire to increase people’s understanding of the area and to encourage reconciliation in the community. He is a co-owner of his business, Yidabal Galii Maa, meaning “making of a good spirit”. Kris loves being able to share the ancient history of the area as he honours what came before him, and seeing people’s knowledge grow. He looks forward to welcoming you to connect with Country in beautiful Ballina. Read more

Languages

English

Therapies

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check

Yes

An insurance policy has been provided

No

Working hours (GMT+11:00) Sydney

Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Kris Cook’s studio location

Ballina, NSW, Australia

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Half Day Walk - Indigenous Tour

40 minutes south of Byron Bay, between the fishing town of Ballina and the seaside village... 40 minutes south of Byron Bay, between the fishing town of Ballina and the seaside village of Lennox Head, is an incredible 13 kilometre guided walk that will take you across rivers, wetlands, secluded beaches and centuries old coastal dune vegetation. Traverse spectacular headlands that will take your breath away. Soaring 60 metres above the waves it’s the perfect place to sit, find solitude and watch the whales pass by. On this walk, Kris will share with you the stories, customs and history of his people in the local area. You will enjoy foraging for native foods as his ancestors did and as he still does today, before enjoying morning tea made from locally sourced bush tucker ingredients in a spectacular setting high above the waves. Finish your hike at the seaside village of Lennox Head where you will find a wonderful selection of cafes, bars and retail outlets to explore. Departs Saturday and Sunday from Byron Bay at approx 6.30 am (summer) and 7.30 am (winter). Pick ups from Suffolk, Lennox Head and Ballina available Maximum 10 people per tour. $69 for Adults $20 for Children Read more

In person

4 hr

69 AUD

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