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Best Aboriginal experiences in Victoria

Enjoy an Aboriginal perspective of some of Victoria’s natural highlights including the Grampians, Great Ocean Road and the Botanic Gardens


 

BRAMBUK THE NATIONAL PARK & CULTURAL CENTRE

Brambuck National Park and Cultural Centre, Victoria

Brambuk The National Park & Cultural Centre brings to life the history and culture of the Grampians (Gariwerd). Internationally renowned for its walks, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, rugged rock formations, spectacular views and stunning spring wildflower displays, it is also a place rich in Dreaming stories, sacred sites and bush tucker. It is central to the Dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali peoples and is home to over 200 ancient Rock Art Sites. Dine at the Bushtucker Café, browse the comprehensive displays, learn about the six seasons of Gariwerd and take part in a wide range of cultural activities. The Brambuk Backpackers has both dorm rooms and private rooms available for a convenient overnight stay.


Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Victoria

Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum is Australia’s leading Aboriginal Cultural Centre and has one of the most significant Aboriginal cultures collection in the world. It features exhibitions that celebrate a culture deeply entwined with the land, explore the impact of British colonisation and the way in which Aboriginal people have strived to maintain their culture, and look at ongoing debate about Aboriginal knowledge, law and property in Australia.


Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana is an award winning Aboriginal cultural centre on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road offering authentic, immersive cultural experiences. Here you can experience the World’s oldest living culture first hand with a free self-guided tour or book a group “Experience Narana” tour delivered by our expert cultural interpreters to learn about ancient Dreaming stories, Connection to Country through Songlines, artworks, cultural artefacts and bush tucker. Nestled amongst native bush land is the cultural exhibition building, Café Narana, retail outlet and art gallery. The art gallery exhibits and sells artworks from internationally acclaimed and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists to suit all budgets, Café Narana serves up an extensive menu featuring all day breakfast and lunch with dishes inspired by native ingredients and Indigenous flavours and the retail outlet stocks a large range of handmade items including boomerangs, didgeridoos, clothing, bush herbs and spices and souvenirs. You can also meet the resident emus, wallabies and kangaroos up close and learn how to throw a boomerang.

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria

Enjoy an authentic Aboriginal experience in the Royal Botanic Gardens, just minutes from the centre of Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens occupy what was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people. Local Aboriginal guides will take you on a journey which incorporates the themes of spirit, connection and land. Hear about the stories and culture of the original inhabitants, learn about the plant lore of traditional foods and medicine, and find out about tools and ceremony. Group and individual packages combining an Aboriginal food experience with a walk in the Gardens are offered, as well as a range of educational programs.

 

Worn Gundidj

Indigenous Tour guide, Tower Hill, Victoria

Located at the heart of the spectacular Great Ocean Road region near Warrnambool, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside the crater of a dormant volcano. It is a site of great ecological and geological significance and has a plethora of wildlife to discover. Worn Gundidj offer guided tours every day at 11am and 1pm (or other times on request) where you will learn about Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal history of Tower Hill and surrounds. Whilst out at Tower Hill, make time to enjoy a stroll along the walking tracks, see the views from the awesome lookouts, and visit the Natural History Centre for a broader insight into this fascinating area.

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