Spectacular and diverse landscapes, unique wildlife and colourful sea creatures, Dreaming stories, and social themes inspire Aboriginal artists. You can admire authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts in Regional NSW in public galleries and at Indigenous-owned cultural centres, galleries and studios.
There is ancient rock art in national parks and nature reserves. A fun and informative way to visit these sites is on Aboriginal-led tours. In the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, you can also see traditional dancers and musicians perform at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, in Katoomba.
In Waradah’s gallery, browse various artworks and souvenirs, including didgeridoos with hand-painted decorations. There are niche galleries in Country NSW specialising in different art styles, such as the Euraba Artists and Papermakers, a co-operative 100km north of Moree in northern NSW.
At Mehi Murri Art Studio in Moree, you can buy direct from the artist who will tell you the story behind the piece. You can watch artists creating in the Jambama Art Gallery’s on-site studio in Casino, which is a scenic 75 minutes’ drive southwest of Byron Bay, via pretty riverside Lismore.
Many more small galleries sell beautifully made works. At the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kempsey, you’ll find an enticing range of crafts and paintings. The Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, north of Coffs Harbour, has a marvellous gallery and a delicious bush tucker cafe.
South of Sydney is the Wollongong Art Gallery, which has one of the finest Aboriginal art collections held by a regional public gallery. You’ll find many more Aboriginal cultural experiences on the South Coast and indigenous galleries, such as the in lovely Jervis Bay.
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.