Aboriginal culture on the South Coast

From fine art and ancient artefacts to walking trails along Songlines and guided tours, discover fascinating Aboriginal cultural experiences on the NSW South Coast. You can try local bush tucker with an indigenous guide or take part in a smoking ceremony with an Aboriginal elder.

An hour south of Sydney you’ll find an excellent Aboriginal art collection at Wollongong Art Gallery. Further south in Nowra is the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, which has a variety of artworks on display including Aboriginal linocut prints.

Aboriginal guide Dwayne Bannon-Harrison performing a smoking ceremony during a traditional welcome on a Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness tour

In nearby Huskisson you can learn about the history of the local indigenous people at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. On the southern side of the crystal-blue waters of Jervis Bay is Booderee National Park, which is home to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community.

Learn about Aboriginal culture and history within the park with Galamban Aboriginal Tours, who offer weaving workshops, campfire yarns and walking tours, where you can learn about bushfoods and medicines, as well as useful survival skills.

Green Patch Beach along Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

Farther south, in Ulladulla, discover One Track for All.This walking track features carvings and paintings by Budawang Elder Noel Butler, from the Yuin Nation, which tell the history of southern Shoalhaven.  Enjoy spectacular views of the coast and the harbour from the four lookouts. Noel also runs Nura Gunyu, an Aboriginal cultural organisation that offers bush food walks and cooking demonstrations with traditional foods, cultural camps, and cultural workshops.

In Eden, take the self-guided interpretive Bundian Way Story Trail between Cocora Beach and Quarantine Bay. The 1.8km signposted trail leads through native bushland to a specially built Bunang Ring (ceremonial performance place), and features eight beautifully crafted stories. To learn more, visit the Monaroo Bobberrer Keeping Place or take a guided tour of the trail with an Aboriginal community member.

Bundian Way Story Trail in Eden, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

Follow in the footsteps of the Brinja-Yuin people on the Bingi Dreaming Track, a 13.5km coastal walk that traces ancient Songlines in Eurobodalla National Park. Just south of Bawley Point is the Murramarang Aboriginal Area walking track, which passes the largest midden on the coast.

Join Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness in Narooma for the wonderful two-day Gulaga Creation Tour, which explores Gulaga Mountain or the Djirringanj Dreaming Tour which follows the Djirringanj Dreaming trail.

Experience Aboriginal Culture On the South Coast