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Awe-inspiring Aboriginal experiences in NSW

Dreamtime Southern X, SydneyCredit: Destination NSW

Group enjoying a Dreamtime Southern X tour with Marget Campbell at Balls Head, Waverton in Sydney.

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Awe-inspiring Aboriginal experiences in NSW

Dreamtime Southern X, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Group enjoying a Dreamtime Southern X tour with Marget Campbell at Balls Head, Waverton in Sydney.

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With 60,000 years of living Aboriginal heritage, New South Wales is a treasure trove of cultural wonders, with many of them hidden in plain sight. And whether you’re being moved by the timeless heartbeat embedded in Sydney’s streetscapes or exploring ancient trails across the Outback, Aboriginal cultural tours can refresh your perspective and deepen your connection to this ever-surprising state. This handpicked selection of some of NSW’s most sought-after Aboriginal-led experiences will see you enjoying art, food, cruises, iconic landmarks and wild landscapes through First Nations eyes.

Explore Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage

Prepare to be moved as you learn of the extraordinary relationship Sydney’s first inhabitants share with Sydney Harbour on Dreamtime Southern X’s The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour (Illi Langi). Soak up an astonishing depth of knowledge as you join Dunghutti-Jerrinjha Elder ‘Aunty’ Margret Campbell or one of her fellow guides on a 90-minute walking tour of The Rocks, and come away with a fresh perspective on this storied harbour and its foreshores.

See Sydney Harbour through Indigenous eyes on BridgeClimb Sydney’s Burrawa Indigenous Experience. Experience a heady combination of exhilaration and amazement as you ascend to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking in panoramic views of the Rocks and Circular Quay below as your Indigenous guide shares fascinating stories of Sydney’s Aboriginal past and present. Then take the water on a two-hour cultural cruise to hear stories of Sydney Harbour with Tribal Warrior.

Expand your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at the Australian Museum , or spend a memorable evening surrounded by First Nations art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on the Yiribana Experience. Here you can explore the gallery’s renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection with an Aboriginal host before tucking into a five-course meal featuring native ingredients and complemented by paired wines.

Get a taste for bush foods on an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. And breathe in the salty air at Barangaroo Reserve, a culturally significant harbour headland a short walk from The Rocks, as your Barangaroo Aboriginal Cultural Tours guide explains how the Gadigal people, the first inhabitants of the area, used the native plants found in the reserve as food and medicine and for cultural practices.

Aboriginal Tour, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Guests learning about the rich Aboriginal culture of the Gadigal people on a guided tour in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Aboriginal Tour, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Guests learning about the rich Aboriginal culture of the Gadigal people on a guided tour in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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BridgeClimb, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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BridgeClimb, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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Discover the north’s ancient landscapes

Savour the unique experience of being serenaded by a didgeridoo played by Elder Kevin ‘Gavi’ Duncan before tasting bush foods paired with botanical wines infused with native ingredients with Firescreek Botanical Winery Aboriginal Experiences on the Central Coast, 75 minutes north of Sydney. Or get a thrill zooming around the southern hemisphere’s largest shifting coastal sand dunes in nearby Port Stephens with Sand Dune Adventures, which runs quad-biking tours in the private Worimi Conservation Lands.

See the ocean in a new light as you hear the story of how waves were created on a Gaagal Yuludarla (Ocean Dreaming) tour or delve into the heritage of Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park with Unkya Cultural EcoTours at Scotts Head on the NSW North Coast, a five-hour drive north of Sydney.

Follow the coastal highway north another 50 minutes to explore the idyllic creeks of the Coffs Coast on a stand-up paddleboarding experience with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours. Admire the fish darting through crystal clear waters as your Aboriginal guide brings the Dreaming to life, and introduces you to some coastal bush tucker.

Imagine what the iconic tourist town of Byron Bay on the Far North Coast was like before colonisation on a walking tour of Cape Byron led by Arakwal Bundjalung woman Delta Kay from Explore Byron Bay. Drift back to the Dreaming as Creation stories are shared in the shade of towering gum trees home to the odd dozing koala, and taste delicious bush tucker hiding in plain sight. Or treat yourself to a private tour hosted in Byron Bay, Bangalow or Broken Head

Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens Credit: Destination NSW

Quad biking experience on the Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands, Port Stephens.

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Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens Credit: Destination NSW

Quad biking experience on the Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands, Port Stephens.

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Explore Byron Bay, Bangalow Credit: Destination NSW

Explore Byron Bay located in the Bangalow Parklands in the Byron Hinterland, guided by Delta Kay an Arakwal Bundjalung woman passionate about sharing local Aboriginal culture. Guests hear about Aboriginal existence before colonisation including how Bundjalung people cared for and preserved the land. Delta teaches some Bundjalung and provides information about local bush tucker, natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.

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Explore Byron Bay, Bangalow Credit: Destination NSW

Explore Byron Bay located in the Bangalow Parklands in the Byron Hinterland, guided by Delta Kay an Arakwal Bundjalung woman passionate about sharing local Aboriginal culture. Guests hear about Aboriginal existence before colonisation including how Bundjalung people cared for and preserved the land. Delta teaches some Bundjalung and provides information about local bush tucker, natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.

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Soak up the south’s cultural wonders

Drink in a wealth of knowledge in the Riverina region as Wiradjuri guide Mark Saddler of Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge takes you on a cultural tour of the riverside city of Wagga Wagga and surrounds. Spot living artefacts alongside the Murrumbidgee River on his Aboriginal Walkabout Tour and feel the spirituality of important sites visited on an Aboriginal Special Places Tour.

Admire the craftsmanship of the boomerangs, didgeridoos and clapsticks on display in Wiradjuri Elder Michael Lyons’s Sandhills Artefacts gallery in nearby Narrandera before joining him on a cultural tour to sacred birthing rocks and caves along the Murrumbidgee.

Revel in the wild and rugged scenery of Kosciuszko National Park on a five-night kayaking adventure with Alpine River Adventures. Paddle and camp in the rugged Byadbo Wilderness with your Aboriginal guide on this unforgettable experience on a remote section of the Snowy River, home to a number of significant cultural sites.

Broaden your horizons in Yuin Country on the South Coast of NSW. Explore the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Shoalhaven, around three hours south of Sydney, on a bespoke experience crafted by Djiriba Waagura. Join one of their regular group cultural bushwalks, beginning with a grounding Welcome to Country ceremony.

Feel culture all around you as you follow a coastal Dreaming track dotted with middens (ancient piles of shells and bones) in Eurobodalla National Park near Moruya with a local Elder from Minga Cultural Experiences. Also based in the Eurobodalla region, directly south of the Shoalhaven, Southbound Escapes offers a range of experiences in partnership with local Aboriginal guides – feel transformed by a

Bingi Dreaming Walking Tour with Yuin Nation knowledge holder Patricia Ellis or cruise Narooma’s serene turquoise Wagonga Inlet with Nar-Oo-Ma Aboriginal Cultural Tours.

Reflect on Aboriginal wisdom on the two-night Yuin Retreat hosted by Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness near Narooma. Hear sacred Dreaming stories passed down over generations as you walk on Country, bear witness to traditional ceremonies around a crackling campfire, and savour gourmet catering showcasing native ingredients.

Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga Credit: Destination NSW

Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga. Bundyi Cultural Tours specialise in sharing Wiradjuri/Aboriginal culture on full and half day tours by bus or 4WD. A 2 hour walking tour is now also available. All tours are conducted by Mark Saddler, a proud Wiradjuri man from whom visitors can learn about the oldest people and culture in the world.

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Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga Credit: Destination NSW

Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga. Bundyi Cultural Tours specialise in sharing Wiradjuri/Aboriginal culture on full and half day tours by bus or 4WD. A 2 hour walking tour is now also available. All tours are conducted by Mark Saddler, a proud Wiradjuri man from whom visitors can learn about the oldest people and culture in the world.

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Sandhills Artefacts, Narrandera Credit: Narrandera Tourism

Wiradjuri Elder Michael Lyons leading a cultural tour at Sandhill Artefacts, Narrandera.

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Sandhills Artefacts, Narrandera Credit: Narrandera Tourism

Wiradjuri Elder Michael Lyons leading a cultural tour at Sandhill Artefacts, Narrandera.

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Go west to meet the Outback’s Traditional Custodians 

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture in major towns throughout the vast Central West plains of Country NSW. Absorb the ancestral learnings of Wiradjuri Elders on half-day and full-day Aboriginal-led cultural tours to notable sites around Bathurst, a three-hour drive west of Sydney.

Be astounded by the breadth of knowledge imparted by Gerald Power of Indigenous Cultural Adventures in the renowned wine region of Orange. His food-focused cultural tours begin in a local bush tucker garden before venturing out of town to visit ceremonial grounds and other significant sites.

Surrender to the mesmerising open road to Outback NSW and explore Mutawintji National Park, less than three-hours’ drive from the outback city of Broken Hill, where the Mutawintji Cultural Festival celebrates the region’s extraordinary First Nations heritage.

Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji.

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Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji.

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Indigenous Cultural Adventures, Orange Credit: Destination NSW

Native plants shown on a tour with Indigenous Cultural Adventures, Orange.

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Indigenous Cultural Adventures, Orange Credit: Destination NSW

Native plants shown on a tour with Indigenous Cultural Adventures, Orange.

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