Aboriginal Culture in Outback NSW

Discover the fascinating history and philosophies of the world’s oldest living culture. In the spectacular NSW Outback you’ll find a range of Aboriginal cultural experiences, from Aboriginal rock art, to tours in the stunning national parks and a great selection of art galleries.

Brewarrina

Learn about ancient Aboriginal fishing techniques in Brewarrina, and take a tour of the National and State Heritage listed Fishtraps. Estimated at approximately 40,000 years old, they are one of the oldest man-made structures on earth. Combine with a visit to the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. 

Traditional Aboriginal fish traps in Brewarrina (Ngemba Country), also known as Baiame's Ngunnhu

Mungo National Park and Willandra Lakes Region

Mungo National Park holds great importance to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi Aboriginal people. It was here that the remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man were found, thought to be the oldest known ritual cremation in the world.

The wider Willandra Lakes Region is a World Heritage area, full of stunning stark moon-like landscapes including the Walls of China. Take a tour with an NPWS Aboriginal Discovery guide and learn about the cultural history of the area and the traditional owners.

Streetscapes, Broken Hill

Broken Hill

Visit Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the oldest gallery in regional NSW. Established in 1904, it contains a huge collection of artworks by leading Aboriginal artists including Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarre and Michael Nelson Tjackamarra.

Take an outback rock art tour with Tristate Safaris, which visits a privately owned station containing indigenous Panaramitee rock engravings. There are over 18,000 recorded motifs, some of which have been dated back to over 10,000 years ago.

Scenic outback landscapes at Mutawintji Historical Site in Mutawintji National Park

Mutawintji National Park

North east of Broken Hill is Mutawintji National Park, a ruggedly beautiful landscape rich in Aboriginal history. Take a Mutawintji Heritage Tour and learn about ancient Dreamtime stories, as well as exploring the Bynguano Ranges.

Bourke and Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area

Walk the Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art site walking track in Gundabooka National Park. Or take a tour with Bourke Aboriginal Cultural Tours, and enjoy a guided walk along the Darling Riverbank and Bourke Wharf.