As an Aboriginal man from the NSW South Coast, Nathan Cattel finds caring for country an extra satisfying part of his role in managing Reflections Killalea Reserve.
“I love the Aboriginal cultural heritage in this area, the connection to land. Every day I get to care for my country so that’s pretty special,” Nathan said.
Nathan is no stranger to looking after treasured natural assets and has been lucky enough to call Killalea Reserve his office since 2012.
“Every day is different, but I love every day here. There’s nothing like walking around the Park to the places you can’t get to by car – down to the spit, around the lagoons – and then going for a swim in the Minnamurra River,” he said.
The area is also famous for its surfing, with The Farm and Mystics beaches declared part of the Killalea National Surfing Reserve in 2009.
“The Farm in particular faces south, so when we get a north-east wind it’s offshore. Other beaches get blown out, but not this one. It’s consistently good.”
Killalea Reserve is the spectacular setting for many fun activities for the Shellharbour community, including the weekly park run, the monthly markets and events such as Sculptures at Killalea. And Nathan wouldn’t have it any other way.
“There’s nothing like enjoying good local produce, listening to some good local music, then sitting down with a handcrafted brew and watching the waves,” says Nathan.
For all of life’s little necessities, Shellharbour is just a short drive away and Nathan is a firm fan of the area’s growing food scene.
But for many campers, tearing themselves away from the gorgeous surrounds of Killalea Reserve is just not an option. See why for yourself when you book your NSW south coast camping holiday at Reflections Killalea Reserve.