Cultural experiences and tours
If you're interested in good art and good wine, don't miss the chance to combine both when WUPA@Wanaruah kicks off in the Hunter Valley. Create your own art trail through this beautiful wine region and return home with an authentic piece of fabulous Aboriginal art. Styles ranging from modern to traditional art are created by established and emerging Aboriginal artists.
The roots of Australia’s Aboriginal culture stretch back many thousands of years and it’s a remarkable fact that, today, visitors can experience this dynamic culture in all its diversity.
On the North Coast of NSW, the Saltwater Freshwater Festival is a different sort of cultural experience. This fun-packed day with Aboriginal music, food, dance, art and kids’ activities is also a great way to celebrate Aboriginal and mainstream Australian culture on Australia’s national day. Alternatively, put a bit of adventure into your touring on a quad bike tour from Port Stephens with Sand Dune Adventures. You’ll enjoy an adrenalin-fuelled quad bike ride accompanied by an Aboriginal guide from the local area.
In Outback NSW, many unique experiences await. On the Brewarrina Aboriginal fish traps tour, you’ll see one of the oldest man-made structures on earth built by ancient tribes to catch fish. And amidst the beautiful gorges and creeks lined with river red gums in Mutawintji National Park, the secrets of an ancient culture are revealed on a tour with Tri State Safaris - beautiful rock carvings, paintings and stencils dating back thousands of years. In Mungo National Park, Aboriginal guides from Harry Nanya Tours interpret the landscapes of this World Heritage wonder. These include ancient stone tools, middens created by shells and bones, and evidence of hearths used by the local Aboriginal people who lived here.
At Laddie Timbery’s Aboriginal Art and Crafts in Huskisson on the South Coast, learn about Aboriginal art and buy authentic art and artefacts. The secrets of Gulaga mountain are revealed on a tour with Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness. Learn about the traditional teachings and ceremonies of the local Yuin Aboriginal culture.
The Blue Mountains
Just 90 minutes' drive from Sydney is the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In this spectacular setting, you can gain insights into the culture of the local Aboriginal people at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre through traditional dance, didgeridoo performances or discover sacred sites and hear Dreamtime stories with Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout Tours. Take a botanic journey with an Aboriginal horticulturist at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Along the Prince Henry Walk with Muggadah Tours, enjoy fabulous views while learning about the traditional bush tucker and medicine of the Gundungurra people.