Novotel Sydney International Airport Blog

November 09, 2020

Celebrating and recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Wolli Creek area.

The Sydney Metropolitan area we know today was originally home to 29 clan groups known as the Eora Nation.

“Eora” refers to coastal Aboriginal peoples and translates to “from this place”.

The local people who lived on the north side of Botany Bay, between the mouth of the Cooks River and present day are known as the Kameygal, or Spear Clan due to their impressive use of hooks made from oysters and hunting spears, which reached lengths of up to 6 metres.

To the north of the Cooks River, the country of the Gadigal or Cadigal clan extended along the shore of Port Jackson from South Head to Darling Harbour, while the Wangal clan inhabited the area between the Parramatta River and the Cooks River from Darling Harbour to Rose Hill.

The majority of scholars believe that the country to the south, between the Cooks River and the Georges River from Botany Bay to Rose Hill was associated with the Bediagal clan. At the centre of the territory was a camp near Salt Pan Creek. Pemulwuy and his son Tedbury were members of this clan. One source, however, combines the clan names of Bediagal, Bidjigal and Bejigal into one group, and places their lands northwest of Parramatta near Castle Hill.

Wolli Creek was named after the Koori name of adjacent creek running into Cook’s River though the northern border of the original Turrella settlement. Wolli creek was first known as Woolly Creek, probably after the weeds in the water that gave it a thick appearance. The meaning of Wolli Creek is “Camp”.

Fresh water was a rare thing across the flat, estuarine expanses between. Botany Bay and Port Jackson, but it was plentiful at Wolli Creek. There was abundant wildlife; there were fish, edible water plants, swimming holes and cool shady sandstone rock shelters tucked into the valley's sharp walls.

We recognise the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to past, present and emerging leaders.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020, every guest that stays with us between 08-15 November will receive a special and handmade NAIDOC Cookies.

NAIDOC Cookies recipe:

300g   Butter

300g   Sugar

300g   Almond meal

300g   Flour

3g       Salt

50g     Egg white

20g     Dried Hibiscus

20g     Wattleseed

 Emulsify half of the butter with the Ibiscus and the other half with the wattleseed. Cooldown the butter for a couple of hours in the fridge before use it for the recipe.

Make half of the dough at the time, one using the pink butter and the second time using the brown one.

Mix butter and sugar with a kneading machine for few seconds until combined, add the almond meal and mix for other few seconds, add salt, eggs and flour and finish mixing the dough for a couple of minutes.

Wrap the dough and let it rest in the fridge for 2 hours, then cut it in 4gr portion and round them and place them in a tray.

Cook the cookie in the oven at 180* static for 14 minutes.

Let the cookies cool down before pair them.

 Spread

250g   Australian Raw Macadamia

1tbs    Coconut Oil

Blend the macadamia with the coconut oil until creamy and smooth.