Aboriginal Culture on the North Coast

Discover the customs and traditions of the traditional land owners on the NSW North Coast. From walking tours to quad biking adventures, there are plenty of cultural experiences on offer, as well as stunning art galleries and exhibitions.

On the Coffs Coast, The Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre has an indigenous art gallery and Bush Tucker Café. Combine your visit with a stand-up paddleboarding tour with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours.

Group enjoying a stand-up paddleboarding tour with Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours at Moonee Creek, Coffs Harbour, North Coast

Head to Casino, an hour inland from Byron Bay, to Jambama Art Gallery, which showcases works of the nearby Aboriginal communities. Or visit The Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery in the Macleay Valley to see works of artists from the Dunghutti region.

Listen to Gumbaynggirr Dreaming stories on a Gaagal Wanggaan National Park Tour through beautiful beaches and bushland with Unkya LALC Cultural Eco Tours. You can participate in traditional Gumbaynggirr ceremonies and taste and feel the traditional foods.

Small group enjoying an Aboriginal cultural tour on quad bikes with Sand Dune Adventures, Port Stephens

Enjoy a cultural adventure on the incredible Worimi Sand Dunes with Sand Dune Adventures. Explore the largest coastal moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere on 400cc quad bikes with an Aboriginal guide. You will visit ancient campsites, learn about local bush foods and medicines and experience the thrill of riding over the dunes.

Further south in Newcastle, admire Aboriginal art at Newcastle Art Gallery. Nearby the Lake Macquarie Museum of Art and Culture completed an eight-month, $2.3 million renovation in late 2019 and is home to a number of significant indigenous works.