Cultural Experiences & Tours
Aboriginal-guided tours and experiences are a conduit into the world’s oldest continuous living culture. Visit significant cultural sites, buy or learn how to make Aboriginal arts and crafts, listen to Dreaming stories and discover bush tucker across NSW. Not only will you gain insights into a deeply spiritual way of life, your visit will contribute to the ongoing survival of Aboriginal culture.
Take the two-night Yuin Retreat on the beautiful South Coast with Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness. It’s a journey of discovery that starts with a traditional welcome, dinner and yarning circle followed by sunrise ceremony and a two-hour ascent of sacred Gulaga Mountain.
Another multi-day experience is with Bundyi Cultural Tours in Wagga Wagga, where you can take part in an ochre ceremony, watch a demonstration on how to make a didgeridoo, and visit several significant cultural sites.
Arts & crafts
Discover beautiful works by Aboriginal artists in regional cultural centres and galleries such as the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place and the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Join a summer weaving circle or create rain-making sticks at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre just north of Coffs Harbour. At Sandhills Artefacts in Narrandera, you can see traditional boomerangs, didgeridoos, clap sticks and more being made.
Enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on Coffs or Moonee Creeks With Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours in Coffs Harbour. The paddling tour will teach you about the local indigenous language and the associated Dreaming stories.
On the gorgeous North Coast, near Port Stephens, an Aboriginal guide from Sand Dune Adventures will take you on a 1.5 hour cultural quad bike tour of the largest moving coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere. You’ll ride past ancient midden sites, learn about bush resources and dig for fresh water. If you prefer two feet to four wheels join a Cape Byron Aboriginal tour with Explore Byron Bay, where you’ll learn about bush food and natural medicines.