Venue & Date

24th Australian Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gathering Ceremony at Nelson - Vic
17th - 20th October 2024

Spiritual Unity of the Tribes, acknowledging the Gunditjmara people, will host a ceremony for four days near Nelson, Vic. The gathering ceremony will commence at sunrise on Thursday 17th October, with ceremony to light the sacred fire, which will be the centre of the gathering. The gathering ceremony will conclude on the afternoon of Sunday 20th October, followed by a fundraiser auction. Camp day will be on the 16th October. You will be asked to honour a treaty between yourself, SUT and the Elders regarding conduct while on the land. Monday 21th is cleanup day.

Gathering Location

Lightbody Rd, Nelson, Vic. (is 13km before Nelson on the Portland side). From Portland take Portland/Nelson Rd C192. Travel 56km and turn left into Lightbody Rd. Travel approx 2 kms. Turn right and follow SUT signs.


Bush camping on the land. Quite hilly terrain. No electricity. No water. No showers. Room for tents, campers, etc. Parking will be allocated away from the tent area. Caravans will be permitted in the van area. The nearest offsite accommodation is at Nelson. They have accommodation for those wishing to stay off-site. It’s about a 25 minute drive to the gathering site from Nelson. Consider carpooling to the gathering.

Food and supplies

There is no water on site. It is imperative that everyone bring their own drinking and personal use water.
The noon meal will be collectively prepared and off ered to the entire Gathering. Donations of food to the kitchen are necessary. We will need volunteers for meal preparation and clean up. If you are part of a group and wish to volunteer for an entire meal preparation and/or an individual who wishes to help, there will be a sign up sheet at the gathering. If we can coordinate any meal preparation groups or food donations (remember the year of the pumpkin) in advance, it would be appreciated. Please contact the kitchen coordinator with our contact form.

Bring your own reusable cutlery, plates, cups, and bowls for shared meals.
All other meals are the responsibility of the individual: you must bring enough food to feed yourself for the entire gathering. The celebration meal on the Sunday night will be a ‘bring a plate’ and there may be some donated food to use for this meal only.

Other supplies:

Folding chairs, sunscreen, water bottles, umbrellas, torches, groundsheets/tarps. Include solid footwear, rain gear and warm clothing, nights will be cold.
BE PREPARED. Remember this is a basic camping situation and the sacred fire is there for you day and night.
If you are driving and have room, and in the spirit of the gathering, please bring things such as chairs, tarps and blankets to share with elders or those flying in. Mark your name clearly on all shared items.

Honouring the Water: Could everyone please bring a small amount of water from their local area, a creek, river, dam. We will mix these together for a special ‘Honouring the Water Ceremony.
Flags: If you have a flag representing your country or your heritage, you are invited to bring it along to be displayed with others at the gathering.