Aboriginal Art

Art is an important part of Aboriginal culture. With no formal written language, carvings, drawings and paintings were a means of conveying stories through the generations for thousands of years, making Aboriginal art the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world.

Explore the different styles and techniques of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal communities both in art galleries and in national parks. Artists are inspired by spectacular landscapes, unique wildlife, Dreaming stories and social themes.

Aboriginal artwork painted on the Macquarie Regional Library in Dubbo

Aboriginal rock art can be found across New South Wales. Take a self-guided hike through national parks or a tour with an Aboriginal guide to learn more about the important connections between the land, wildlife and people.

In Wollemi National Park there are 120 known Aboriginal sites, including rock engravings. In Gundabooka National Park you can see Aboriginal rock art created by the Ngemba and Paakandji people, with motifs including dancers and animals.

Aboriginal rock art located in Gundabooka National Park, Bourke, Outback

In the last century, Aboriginal art techniques and styles have been applied to canvas, and you can admire many of these beautiful artworks at public galleries and at indigenous-owned cultural centres, galleries and studios across the State.

See the works of some of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Including Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Emily Kame Kngwarre. At the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kempsey, you’ll find the artworks of weavers, sculptors and printmakers from the Dunghutti region.

On the Central Coast, Bouddi Gallery represents artists from not-for-profit Aboriginal owned Art Centres in remote areas, with paintings on canvas and bark, carvings, ceramics, weavings and seed jewellery.

Along the mighty Murray River in Albury, in southwest NSW, is the evocative Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk. Local Aboriginal artists created the sculptures dotted along the 5km trail and the artworks are accompanied by videos via your smartphone on the Murray River’s significance to Aboriginal people.

Experience Aboriginal Art