Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

The maritime coast

Tall ships

Tall ships

The Maritime Coast is rich in history and adventure. It is also closely linked to who Australians are today.

Sydney and Newcastle are the major ports but regional centres once relied on many small vessels that plied the coastal waters.

Shipping has carried huge amounts of equipment, produce, raw materials - and people.

Aboriginal nations have lived on this coast for many thousands of years. Strong Aboriginal maritime traditions include fishing and harvesting shell fish, using canoes, fishing lines, hooks, spears and fish traps - and assisting those in need.

There are many stories of Aboriginal contact (ShipwrecksAboriginalContact.pdf, 28KB) with shipwreck survivors.

Click on the accompanying map to view the features in this region.

Page last updated: 03 September 2012