Congo and the surrounding area have an interesting, rich and diverse history.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Owners, the Brinja-Yuin people. We also acknowledge Elders of this land, past, present and emerging.
Aboriginal peoples have lived in the Eurobodalla for tens of thousands of years and have an enduring custodianship and connection over the land and waterways of Eurobodalla. Congo is situated on one of the most culturally significant areas for the Brinja-Yuin people, the Bingi Dreaming Track. Throughout the area are continuous connections to cultural knowledge, including shell middens, stone quarries and beacon sites for spotting visitors and schools of fish.
(Reference: New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, Cobowra LALC)
During the 19th century, cattle and dairying were significant industries along the south coast of New South Wales. Congo’s heritage includes European settlers who cleared land for grazing.
From the 1920s or so, tourism grew as increasing numbers of visitors from Canberra and beyond discovered the region’s remarkable beauty and excellent fishing.
(Reference: Eurobodalla Heritage Strategy 2017-2021)