Enjoy easily accessible walking tours, short tours, day trips, museums, galleries, cultural and theatrical performances that celebrate Australia's Aboriginal cultures.
Australian Museum - First Australian Gallery
Explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia’s first people by joining an interactive didgeridoo and dance performance and personalised, guided tour of the museum’s Indigenous Australians exhibition. Through authentic Indigenous voices, the Indigenous Australians exhibition illustrates the richness and diversity of Indigenous Australia and shows the impact of the past 200 years of European settlement.
Located in the heart of Sydney, the Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia and houses the largest natural science and cultural collection in the country. There are more than 18 million items on display including artefacts, boomerangs, clap sticks, dilly bags and didgeridoos.
Dreamtime Southern X
Take a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks to explore the centre of Sydney from an Aboriginal perspective. Go on a journey into the Dreamtime to discover how ancient Aboriginal culture is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape. Hear how the billion-year-old harbour, together with the marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, and the regions flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today. Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, this tour provides a great insight into Aboriginal culture, whilst also taking in many of the other fascinating sites of The Rocks area.
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – Aboriginal Heritage Tour
The Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden offers a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney area. Share in a first-hand perspective of the significance of the site on which the Royal Botanic Garden is situated, which is regarded as the ‘first frontier’ between Aboriginal and European societies. A 52 metre (170 foot) interpretive ‘storyline’ tells the Aboriginal history of Sydney from the Dreamtime to the present. The text on the storyline was compiled from a variety of sources including over 40 interviews with local Aboriginal people.
Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences
Described by the early colonists as 'Paradise', the land where Perth City now sits has been home to the Nyungar people since the Dreamtime. Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences offers a glimpse into Nyungar culture through a short 90 minute walking tour of Perth that offers a glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture and uncovers Dreamtime stories, sacred sites and forgotten lakes that lie under modern skyscrapers. Learn about the six seasons and how they influenced the day to day lives and spiritual connection the Nyungar people have to their country. Your guide, Walter McGuire, provides the perfect introduction to Perth’s Cultural past. Walter is a well-respected Nyungar man and is a traditional owner of the Whadjuk lands on which Perth city now stands. From childhood Walter was schooled in Nyungar culture, language and customs by his parents and recognised Elders including those of related tribal groups. In this respect he shares his culture with deep reverence for his Ancestors, fellow Nyungar and the First Peoples of Australia and the world. Walter conducts most of his Aboriginal cultural awareness activities, including Aboriginal tours, around Perth’s iconic city locations.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Aboriginal Heritage Walk
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.
Spirits of the Red Sand
Spirits of the Red Sand is a spectacular interactive Aboriginal theatrical experience and dinner show. Journey back in time from the Dreamtime to the Australia of the 1800s as chapters of a true moving story unfold before your eyes. You will be immersed in the story of Jarrah and his brothers as two cultures meet for the very first time. Follow the storyteller and a cast of direct descendants through an historic 19th century village complete with Aboriginal Gunyah dwellings (huts). Engaging all your senses you will witness history retold through this live moving theatre experience with a dramatic story, songs, dance, chants and traditions. Based on true British and Aboriginal historical events and authentic elements of Aboriginal culture, guest will be swept away by the passion, humility and triumph as the story of Jarrah and his brothers unfolds and settings change from a 19th century church, an Aboriginal village to outside a jail. Aboriginal cast members are descendants of the Aboriginal groups who lived in Queensland in the 1800s and experienced many of the events brought back to life in the show. During the show enjoy a hearty Australian-style chargrilled BBQ dinner, dessert buffet feast, a licensed bar and after the show mix with the cast.
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