Aboriginal Culture on the Central Coast

Explore Aboriginal culture on the Central Coast, with stunning national parks, art galleries and a variety of tours on offer. Learn about the traditional owners and take part in a smoking ceremony with an Aboriginal tour guide.

Visit Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place in Brisbane Water National Park to discover ancient Aboriginal rock art of the Guringai People. You’ll see engravings of animals including wallabies, and fish as well as a man in a headdress. The site is accessed via a 10-minute walk along a footpath.  

The view of the rocky, mountainous landscape from Devines Hill on the heritage listed Devine's Hill Loop in Dharug National Park

Nearby in Popran National Park, you'll see evidence of 11,000 years of rich Aboriginal heritage. The land was home to the Dharug and Guringai people, and you can see rock engravings, sandstone shelters and an axe grinding grooves in the sandstone.

Take a tour with Girri Girra and walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first people. There are three tours on offer, including a guided walk in Bouddi National Park. The beautiful park contains more than 100 Aboriginal sites including engravings, Aboriginal art and grinding grooves.

Combine this with a visit to nearby Bouddi Gallery in Kilcare, where you can view and buy contemporary Aboriginal lifestyle art, as well as woven handcrafts, homewares, clothing and Aboriginal music.

Coastline of Bouddi National Park - Gosford

Further north, Wyrrabalong National Park is the traditional country of the Awabakal People and Darkinjung people. You’ll find many significant cultural sites, including an extensive midden (traditional Aboriginal eating grounds) at Pelican Point.