Ex­plore Abo­rig­i­nal Her­itage

Where Sydney - - Contents - For more in­for­ma­tion and to book on­line visit rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/abo­rig­i­nal­ex­pe­ri­ences


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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