For many thousands of years, the extraordinary landscape, plants and animals of the Outback have inspired countless Aboriginal artists, who have left their anonymous works inscribed on rocks and cave walls. Today, you can still see authentic Aboriginal art in national parks and reserves as well as in galleries in Outback NSW towns including Lightning Ridge and Broken Hill.
Outback Art near Newcastle shows work by Aboriginal artists from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land regions of the Northern Territory. They include some of the biggest names in the Aboriginal art world right now - Clifford Possum, Dr George Tjapaltjari, Lindsay Bird and Gloria Petyarre.
Niche galleries specialising in different Aboriginal art styles are also becoming more popular. Euraba Paper Company in northern NSW, for instance, sells beautiful works on paper by Aboriginal artists who also make their own paper while, at Mehi Murri Art Studio in Moree, you can buy direct from the artist who’ll tell you the story behind the piece.
Many smaller private galleries also offer authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences. At Laddie Timbery’s Aboriginal Art and Crafts in Huskisson on the South Coast, you can buy from a wide range of art and artefacts. Laddie is a respected Koori elder from the Eora Nation who belongs to the Dharawal language group which spans from Sydney to Jervis Bay. Laddie and his family make the traditional returning boomerang, made from mangrove trees, as well as exquisite shell work.