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Experience Aboriginal Culture in Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens - Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Explore and experience Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens on this cultural tour with an Aboriginal guide. The Heritage Walk provides a unique insight into the history of both the Gardens (ancestral lands of the Kulin nation) and its Traditional Owners. The tour includes a traditional smoking ceremony, a guided walk through the gardens and discussion about the traditional uses of plants as a source of food, tools and medicine. Your tour will finish with a delicious cup of lemon myrtle tea.

Koorie Heritage Trust cultural walk

An Aboriginal-owned and managed organisation, the Koorie Heritage Trust offers visitors to Melbourne an excellent opportunity to discover an authentic and immersive urban Aboriginal cultural experience. Start by exploring the Trust’s collection of art works and artefacts on display at their location in Federation Square before joining a guide for one of the cultural walks. These historical and cultural tours will take you along the Birrarung (Yarra River) to explore beautiful art installations as well as significant sites that date back thousands of years.

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Housed inside the Melbourne Museum, Bunjilaka presents the Koorie experience in an immersive and moving permanent exhibition. Take a guided tour through the exhibit, or use the interactive features to self-guide. Be sure to visit the Millari Gardens to discover plants significant to the First Peoples of Victoria. You can also watch eels being fed in the garden pond as guides discuss the history of this important food source for local people. The art space, Birrarung Gallery, also features temporary and touring exhibitions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  

Charcoal Lane

The gourmet kitchen of Charcoal Lane is also notable for its innovative apprentice and trainee program, providing hospitality training for Aboriginal and disadvantaged young people. The team focus on native ingredients in their creative dishes, including the cocktail list. While the menu is constantly evolving, you can expect to find things like kangaroo, emu and Victorian eel flavoured with traditional ingredients like wattleseed, pepperberry and lemon myrtle. There’s a well-curated wine list that features mostly local wines, or opt for one of their tasty cocktails featuring native flora.

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