We want to 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 the deepest respect.
During the ride we will be pausing at Barangaroo Reserve which houses an official bike path that we can legally ride on.
This beautiful new harbourside precinct is named after an extraordinary Aboriginal woman from 1788 who was Australia’s first naked protester.
As a key elder in the Aboriginal community, she 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 then mocked by the men for her modesty while 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 on the other hand fished in boats in difficult waters, all while nursing their young!
Barangaroo stood up for her culture instead of letting others trample over it. Why should others dictate how you look? I totally agree with her!
Today Barangaroo is a hero among Aboriginals – especially women – and now she’s a hero of ours too.