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Discover These Aboriginal-owned eateries

Warakirri Cafe & DiningCREDIT: Indigie Earth

Warakirri Café & Dining in Mudgee, northwest of the Blue Mountains.

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Discover These
Aboriginal-owned eateries

Warakirri Cafe & Dining CREDIT: Indigie Earth

Warakirri Café & Dining in Mudgee, northwest of the Blue Mountains.

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If you’d like to delve deeper into Australian Aboriginal culture, indulge in indigenous cuisine and support local Aboriginal-owned and -operated businesses, you can’t go past these excellent eateries. Read on for some first-rate dining establishments across New South Wales run by First Nations people.

The Lillipad Café, Glebe, Sydney 

Diversity is a hallmark of bustling Glebe Point Road in the inner-Sydney suburb of Glebe, and The Lillipad Café brings its own niche to the dining scene here. Together, Yidinji woman Nyoka Hrabinsky and her husband Laszio have cultivated Lillipad’s relaxed, inclusive atmosphere. The café’s multicultural all-day breakfast and lunch menu reflects this vibe, as does the couple’s conviction that everyone is welcome. You’ll find classic standards on the generous menu, often with a native ingredient twist (think cinnamon myrtle, Davidson plums, bush tomatoes, saltbush-spiced burger patties and finger limes).

The Tin Humpy, Redfern, Sydney  

Yvette Lever, a Bundjalung woman originally from NSW’s far North Coast, but now with a couple of decades in Sydney under her belt, opened comfortable indoor/outdoor café The Tin Humpy in 2018 in Redfern, a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Here, she serves up The Grounds of Alexandria coffee, café classics (sometimes with a dash of native Australian herbs) and pretty pastries — the gifts that keep on giving from her recent apprenticeship as a pastry chef. The building that The Tin Humpy calls home belongs to retired doctor Michael Asher, one of the founders of the Aboriginal Medical Service. Aboriginal artwork — many pieces from Asher’s own collection — line The Tin Humpy’s walls, so you can admire them as you nibble and sip.

The Lillipad Café, Glebe, Sydney CREDIT: Laszio Hrabinsky

A kangaroo burger with finger-lime mayonnaise and bush-tomato relish at The Lillipad Café in Sydney’s Glebe.

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The Lillipad Café, Glebe, Sydney CREDIT: Laszio Hrabinsky

A kangaroo burger with finger-lime mayonnaise and bush-tomato relish at The Lillipad Café in Sydney’s Glebe.

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Warakirri Cafe & Dining CREDIT: Indigie Earth

Sample native Australian ingredients at Warakirri Café & Dining in Mudgee.

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Warakirri Cafe & Dining CREDIT: Indigie Earth

Sample native Australian ingredients at Warakirri Café & Dining in Mudgee.

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Warakirri Café, Mudgee 

The menu at Warakirri Café in the wine town of Mudgee, a 3.5-hour drive northwest of Sydney, is full of native ingredients. No wonder when owner Sharon Winsor, a Ngemba Weilwan woman from western NSW, has been selling sustainable, premium bush foods and botanicals since 2012 under her Indigiearth label. 

Warakirri is a Ngemba word meaning ‘to grow in spirit and culture’, and visitors to this shop and outdoor bush-tucker café can do just that when they sample the native-infused coffees, frappes, smoothies and milkshakes, as well as the long list of native Australian dishes. Try the crocodile salad, kangaroo burger, emu fillet or the lightly crusted lemon-myrtle barramundi as you sip a Kakadu plum, banana and strawberry smoothie. And if you’ve got a passion for pastry, don’t miss the eye-catching house-made ‘cannelloni’ stack with wattleseed cream, raspberries, blueberries and edible flowers.  

The pet-friendly café is open daily and serves breakfast all day, every day. Warakirri Café plans to launch a number of dining and cultural immersion experiences in coming months.

Karkalla, Byron Bay 

A recent addition to the Byron Bay dining scene, Karkalla café/restaurant is the passion project of Bundjalung woman Mindy Woods, who was previously CEO of Sydney’s Lotus Dining Group of upscale modern Chinese eateries, and her wife Rachelle. Here seasonal local produce is paired with native Australian ingredients such as Warrigal greens, Geraldton wax, wild native hibiscus, lemon myrtle and mountain pepper. Order the curry of the day with crisp saltbush or dip into some macadamia hummus. 

Mirritya Mundya, Shoalhaven region 

Catering venture Mirritya Mundya, from dynamic husband-and-wife duo Dwayne and Amelia Bannon-Harrison, now also operates a food truck. Operating out of Callala Bay in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, Mirritya Mundya takes its name from the Ngarrugu word for ‘hungry blackfish’. And the Bannon-Harrisons want you to come hungry for their “Indigenous twist” approach to food — taking native ingredients and infusing them with lots of scrumptious barbecued meat. Order a dinner pack for delivery, or feast on a food platter.  

For more than a meal, join one of Mirritya Mundya’s three-hour, five-course pop-up dinners at Silos Estate in Berry.  Along with dishes like sarsaparilla cherry beef, lilly pilly chicken and snapper in paperbark, expect sustainable dining, Aboriginal interpretations, culinary discussions, yidaki (didgeridoo) music and traditional song. (Dwayne also runs Aboriginal cultural tours through Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness on the South Coast.) 

Karkalla, Byron Bay CREDIT: Karkalla Byron Bay

Native ingredients feature heavily at Karkalla in Byron Bay.

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Karkalla, Byron Bay CREDIT: Karkalla Byron Bay

Native ingredients feature heavily at Karkalla in Byron Bay.

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