Explore Aboriginal Heritage
THE ROYAL BOTANIC
Garden Sydney is an oasis of 30 hectares of world-class botanic gardens in the heart of the city. Surrounded by a stunning collection of plants from Australia and overseas, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
On the traditional land of the Cadigal people, one of 29 clans of the Sydney region, the Garden was, and continues to be, a significant cultural site for Aboriginal people.
Here are four great ways to learn about Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, from ancient teachings passed down over hundreds of generations, to bush tucker and Aboriginal art.
ABORIGINAL HERITAGE TOURS
Join an experienced Aboriginal guide on a 1.5-hour walking tour and discover the rich Aboriginal heritage of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Designed with respect for Aboriginal cultural protocol, the tour is a unique opportunity to learn about the Garden’s flora and fauna and its connection to the Aboriginal people of Australia.
Learn about traditional Aboriginal uses for the Garden’s variety of native trees and plants with demonstrations of plants used for bush food, medicines and shelter, as well as a range of Aboriginal artefacts and tools.
The tours depart from the Garden Shop, Palm Grove in the Garden at 10am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. As there is a maximum number per group, it’s best to book online beforehand.
ABORIGINAL BUSH FOOD EXPERIENCE
Join Aboriginal guides in the Garden identifying and learning about traditional, seasonal Aboriginal bush foods as you forage for ingredients on this foodie experience. Learn traditional food preparation methods and how you can incorporate bush foods into your everyday recipes before tasting the fruits of your labour.
Use a traditional coolamon to gather seasonal fruits, seeds, berries, native vegetables and plants from around the Garden before learning about traditional food preparation methods and tasting your very own bush food-infused recipes.
As these tours are seasonal, it’s best to check the website for tour details and prices.
ABORIGINAL ART CLASS
Experience the oldest living culture through Aboriginal art and join an Aboriginal guide for an art class inspired by traditional Aboriginal art concepts and the environment around you.
Using materials provided—including sticks, ochre, grasses and bark, as well as paints and natural brushes—you will create a unique piece of art to take home with you.
This is a great experience suitable for all ages. See the website for tour days and times and to book. This tour meets at the Learning Centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, entry is via Woolloomooloo Gate.
ABORIGINAL BUSH FOOD HUNT (FOR THE KIDS)
Led by the Garden’s Aboriginal Educators, kids will go on a bush tucker hunt in the Cadi Jam Ora Garden looking for food plants used by the Cadigal for thousands of years. They’ll learn how these foods were prepared, play traditional Aboriginal games and even get to taste some yummy bush foods.
Suitable for children aged 5–10 and their families, this special school holiday program will run 25 September–6 October, with two sessions each week day. This is a popular event so bookings are essential.
Aboriginal Heritage Tour. Aboriginal Art. Aboriginal Bushfood. Kids Bush Food Hunt.