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Aboriginal experiences in outback NSW

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Marvel at ancient Aboriginal art in Gundabooka National Park, south of Bourke.

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Aboriginal experiences
in outback NSW

Gundabooka National Park, Gunderbooka CREDIT: Destination NSW

Marvel at ancient Aboriginal art in Gundabooka National Park, south of Bourke.

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From seeing where Australian culture began to browsing Aboriginal art in modern galleries and remote sacred caves, there are plenty of places to soak up Aboriginal history and culture in outback New South Wales.  

See ancient Aboriginal fish traps at Brewarrina  

The ancient Aboriginal fish traps of Brewarrina, almost 100km east of Bourke in northwest NSW, are believed to be among the oldest human-made structures on Earth. Known locally as Baiame’s Ngunnhu, the National Heritage-listed network of stone walls and holding ponds located on a bend in the Barwon River are estimated to be 40,000 years old. Take a one-hour tour with an Aboriginal guide from the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum to appreciate the ingenious design of the fish traps. This was sustainable fishing at its finest, with no more than about 30 per cent of the spawning golden perch and Murray cod caught each season. Head up to the museum to discover how the river banks were a meeting place for 10 Aboriginal groups to trade, share traditions and conduct ceremonies.

Hear the real story of Mungo National Park 

 

Mungo National Park, 1,000km west of Sydney, is one of the world’s most culturally significant landscapes and is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area.

Walk with a NPWS Aboriginal Discovery guide through the national park’s famous Walls of China. These compacted sand and clay formations are rich time capsules, gradually releasing historical treasures such as megafauna skeletons and remnants of ancient kitchen fires. Gather at Mungo Meeting Place to hear Dreaming stories from three intersecting tribal groups: the Paakantyi/Barkindji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi. And learn about eye-opening finds across the such as 20,000-year-old fossilised human footprints found on a clay pan, which scientists believe belonged to hunters stalking their prey.

Brewarrina Fish Traps, Brewarrina CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Brewarrina fish traps are estimated to be over 40,000 years old and one of the oldest man-made structures on earth.

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Brewarrina Fish Traps, Brewarrina CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Brewarrina fish traps are estimated to be over 40,000 years old and one of the oldest man-made structures on earth.

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The Outback, Mungo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

A guided tour of Mungo National Park.

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The Outback, Mungo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

A guided tour of Mungo National Park.

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Browse and buy Aboriginal art   

In the state’s northwest, Moree’s Yaama Ganu Gallery is a social enterprise showcasing contemporary consignments of artworks from both local Kamilaroi Nation and Aboriginal-managed art centres in Central Australia, with proceeds going straight to the artists. Indulge in sweet and savoury treats from on-site Café Gali, prepared by some of Moree’s hottest young culinary talents.

In Broken Hill, the unofficial capital of outback NSW, you’ll find the state’s oldest regional gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. The gallery hosts notable touring exhibitions but also boasts an impressive permanent collection, featuring works from Central Desert masters such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. There is a collection of prints and sculptures from local artist and Barkindji Elder Badger Bates, including the giant Ngatyi (Rainbow Serpent) sculpted from a single piece of river red gum.

Top places to see rock art  

Northwest of Cobar, in the heart of outback NSW, a short bushwalk leads you to the Mount Grenfell Historic Site, a dense collection of human and animal figures and hand stencils painted in rich red, yellow and ochre pigments. There are three ancient galleries in the Mount Grenfell overhangs, near a waterhole of great significance to the Traditional Owners, the Ngiyampaa People.

In the Pilliga Nature Reserve, 170km north of Dubbo, an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger will interpret the ancient rock engravings of the Sandstone Caves walking track, which are significant to the Kamilaroi People. At Timmallallie National Park, 40km west, the Sculptures in the Scrub walking track features artist–Elder collaborations that tell stories of local Aboriginal history and culture.

South of Bourke, walk through unspoilt bushland in Gundabooka National Park to the Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site, a ceremonial area for the Ngemba and Paakandji Peoples. See paintings of emus and dancers and hand stencils under the shady sacred rock face.

Northeast of Broken Hill, the wheelchair-accessible Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track in Mutawintji National Park takes you to Thaaklatjika (Wright’s Cave) where you’ll see engravings, stencils and animal paintings significant to the Malyankapa and Pandjikali. Learn more on a tour with Mutawintji Heritage Tours.

Take a cultural walkabout around Bourke 

For an Aboriginal perspective of the outback town of Bourke, take a walk with Back O’Bourke Cultural Walks. Start with an accepting-the-ochre ceremony, your personal acknowledgment to Mother Earth, before your guide teaches you about Bourke’s First People’s spiritual connection to the Darling River. Lesser-known highlights of the town are on the agenda as are snippets of the vibrant Indigenous arts scene. Book ahead at Back O’Bourke Information and Exhibition Centre.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

View an art exhibition at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

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Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

View an art exhibition at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

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Back O' Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visit the Back O' Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

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Back O' Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visit the Back O' Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

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