The Story of Barangaroo

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land that our ride will be taking place on. Sydney originally belongs to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, for whom we have deep respect and consideration.

During the ride we will be riding through Barangaroo Reserve which provides a bike path that we can ride on.

This beautifully restored harbourside precinct is named after an extraordinary Aboriginal woman from 1788 who was Sydney’s first naked protester.

As a key elder in the Aboriginal community, Barangaroo was invited to dine at Governer Phillip’s table along with Bennelong, her famous Aboriginal husband.

She was originally offered a petticoat to wear, and was then mocked by the men for her modesty when wearing it. So from that point, she refused to wear the white man’s clothing and at most ‘dressed up’ with a bone through her nose and some body paint to represent her culture.

In her Cammeraygal clan, the women were superior food providers to the men, who would only stick to the shore to do their spearfishing. The women fished in boats in difficult waters, all while nursing their young!

The great Eora fisherwomen
The great Eora fisherwomen

Barangaroo stood up for her culture, instead of letting others take it away. Why should others dictate how you look? We totally agree!

Today Barangaroo is a hero among First Nations people  – especially women – and now she’s a hero of ours too.

We want to share this story on the day and during our ride we can observe, respect, and remember. Read more here and here.