The Viking Festival Sussex Inlet is a celebration of our Scandinavian heritage and our beautiful location on the South Coast of New South Wales Australia.
It's a celebration of the 140th anniversary of the arrival of Jacob Ellmoos to Sussex Inlet. Jacob Ellmoos came from the little Danish village of Ensted,near Hostrup, Aabenraa. The Viking Festival will also recognise the importance of the local Aboriginal community who are sharing their culture and stories as part of the Galamban Aboriginal Experience. The festival will showcase local businesses, viking village and camp with tents and fire pit, cooking displays, viking games, armoured combat, knattleikr (kind of like medieval football), wrestling, crafts, amusements and activities for the kids, 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 will be centered on the west bank of the waterway called Sussex Inlet, with Christian's Minde in full view on the east bank.