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Aboriginal culture

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Highlights

Booderee Botanic Gardens is Australia’s only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens, covering 80ha of Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast. Learn about bush tucker, medicinal uses for plants and the long association the Koori people have had with the area.

Must Do

Aboriginal culture

Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains

The multi-award-winning Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout offers the chance to view the world through the eyes of the traditional owners and to imagine what life was like for the local Darug language group before 1770. Visit sacred sites and learn about bush medicines. The walk starts and finishes at Faulconbridge, about 70km west of Sydney. In nearby Katoomba, Waradah Aboriginal Centre has a wealth of activities, including traditional dances, didgeridoo performances, lectures and opportunities for informal chats.

Yindymarra Sculpture Walk is the newest section of the Wagirra Trail near Albury-Wodonga on the northern banks of the Murray River in the state’s south. Sculptures by Aboriginal artists can be found all along the 5km route.

Aboriginal guides from Ngurra Bu will share their knowledge of culturally significant sites in the Hunter, Wollombi and Broke valleys. Indigenous guides from Sand Dune Adventures at Port Stephens lead participants on quad bikes across the Worimi Sand Dunes to ancient campsites, while revealing the secrets of bush tucker and finding fresh water.

Aboriginal guides also explain how rainforest plants have traditionally been used for medicine and food at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre near Port Macquarie - book your tour in advance. Visitors can also enjoy the interactive exhibition Spirit of the Land, which takes a fascinating journey through Birpai Country.

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with the two-night Ngaran Ngaran - Gulaga Creation Tour in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. Gulaga Mountain and the Creation Dreaming have held sacred significance for Yuin Aboriginal people for thousands of years, yet these stories are not widely known.

Galnyamba Friday Creek, meanwhile, is a luxurious hideaway set on 40 hectares in a tranquil valley 20 minutes from Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast. To enhance the guest experience, four Aboriginal cultural programs are offered by the local Custodial people.

The roots of Australia's Aboriginal culture stretch back many thousands of years and exploring the connection is a potent source of wonder for most visitors. In Outback NSW, Harry Nanya Outback Tours and Tri State Safaris will help you unlock the Aboriginal cultural heritage of amazing landscapes in Mungo National Park and Mutawintji National Park.

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