The very first Sussex Inlet Viking Festival was to be held on the June long weekend 2020, the 140th anniversary of the arrival of Jacob Elmoos to Sussex Inlet, however due to circumstances beyond our control, the festival had to be postponed. The Inaugural 2021 Sussex Inlet Viking Festival was held on the 141st anniversary of the arrival of Jacob Ellmoos to Sussex Inlet. Jacob came from the little Danish village of Ensted, near Hostrup, Aabenraa. The Festival also recognises the importance of the local Aboriginal community who are sharing their culture and stories as part of the festival. The festival showcases local businesses, a viking village and camp with tents and fire pit, cooking displays, viking games, crafts, amusements and activities for the kids as well as Scandinavian food, live music, entertainment and much more...


At the age of 15 Jacob became a seaman and in 1878 he left his ship in Port Adelaide and walked over 1,000 miles to the South Head Signal Station, Watsons Bay in Sydney, then a fishing village. Acquiring a boat he sailed south, fishing the coastal waters making his base at Cape St George lighthouse at Jervis Bay. On a fishing trip in November 1880, he crossed the bar at the entrance of Sussex Inlet finding rich fishing grounds and un-spoilt beauty and was granted a selection of 1200 acres of land on the northern bank of the Inlet.

Today, the Christian's Minde complex remains and sits on the east bank of the Inlet. This heritage-listed property is set on 11 acres of grounds in Jervis Bay Territory. Erected in 1896, Christian's Minde was the first guest house on the south coast between Sydney and Eden, and today retains the old-world atmosphere from its heyday in the 1920s.

Festivities are centered on the west bank of the waterway called Sussex Inlet, with Christian's Minde in full view on the east bank.

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