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Big Sing by the Sea

Image: Lyn Davis and Tessa Jones. Photo from AJ Harding courtesy of Big Sing Inc.
Worimi Elders and Great Lakes Neighbourhood Services, on behalf of Better Learning, Better Communities (BLBC), invite you to share the second Big Sing by the Sea, a musical Worimi cultural experience where Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal people sing and learn together.
Guided by Rachel Hore, OAM, who founded the Big Sing in the Desert, participants will sing familiar songs, learn new ones, including some in Worimi language, Gathang. All this fun, while forming a new singing community!
As well as singing there will be an opportunity to par􀆟cipate in a yarning circle with Aunty Lyn Davis, enjoy a walk along Pebbly Beach to The Tanks with Steve Brereton. You can also view artworks by talented locals.
Sunday is all about polishing your singing so that participants can demonstrate their collective talent to friends and family at an afternoon concert, 2‐3pm.



  • 9:00-9:30am
    Register, collect name tag – Holy Name School Hall, 41 Lake St, Forster

  • 9:30-11:00am
    Singing led by Rachel

  • 11:00- 11:30am
    Morning tea

  • 11:30am-12:30pm
    More singing with Rachel

  • 12:30-1:00pm

  • 1:00-2:30pm
    Yarning circle with Aunty Lyn or cultural walk on Pebbly Beach with Steve Brereton

  • 2:30-3:15pm
    Singing with Rachel

  • 3:15-3:30pm
    Afternoon tea

  • 3:30-4:30pm
    More Singing

  • 4:30pm
    Camp fire/ barbecue


  • 9:30-10:45am
    Polishing our singing

  • 10:45-11:15am
    Morning tea

  • 11:15am-1:00pm

  • 1:00-2:00pm

  • 2:00-3:00pm
    (Guests – $5 pp; $10 group of 4)

  • 3:00pm



Morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch of soup (one vego), rolls and fruit will be provided on both days. Big Sing are working on a venue for those who wish to gather round a campfire for more yarning and singing and perhaps a fish BBQ on Saturday eveing – please indicate your interest when booking your workshop tickets.


Be prepared to be amazed! Participants are keen to show off the songs that have been learnt together. Visiting singers will sing in language; Worimi dance groups may be there; there could be a ukulele number or two, plus Uncle Steve Brereton on the didgeridoo. Please invite friends, family and hangers on to share this concert.


Big Sing are encouraging local artists to display their art for us to enjoy during the workshop. Most paintings will be for sale, bring cash. Want to show your Art? Please contact Aunty Lyn Davis 0421 844 940.


Friday 20th July, 1:30pm-3:45pm
MV ‘Free Spirit” – Departs from Little St Forster

For Out of Towners AND locals, Big Sing by the Sea are offering a spectacular cruise on Wallis Lake. Aunty Lyn Davis tells stories about growing up on the “Mish” and her life on the lake; Steve Brereton talks about the culturally significant aspects of the lake sites, flora & fauna. This is a wonderful way to start the weekend.
Full price: $30
Concession/child/student: $20
Sponsored ticket for Aboriginal participants: $10


Smugglers Cove, on Lakes Way, offers a range of cabins which sleep at least 3 people, and is just up the road from Holy Name School. They are the best value for money option & have been worded up about the BSBTS. They offer a discount for seniors and have BBQ facilities under cover for breakfasts and dinners. Please mention you are booking for Big Sing by the Sea.
There are many other motels along the Lakes Way/McIntosh Street very, all very close to Holy Name School. Visit


Great Lakes Neighbourhood Services (GLNS)
For information about sponsored tickets phone 6555 4351.
For general enquiries call Felicity Carter on 0411 566 593 or Aunty Janice Paulson on 0408 674 604.