Aboriginal culture in Sydney

Highlights

The ancestral stories of Aboriginal people explain their deep spiritual connection with the land, animals, sea and sky. On guided tours led by indigenous people you’ll learn of the world’s oldest continuous culture and stories of the Dreamtime. Visit many wonderful indigenous galleries, as well as enthralling performances and events.

About Aboriginal Culture in Sydney

A great place to start uncovering Sydney's rich living aboriginal culture,  Tribal Warrior cruise takes you on Sydney Harbour to hear stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people who were the original inhabitants of Sydney's harbour foreshore. 

Experience authentic Aboriginal culture at the First Hand Workshops and Markets at Bare Island, La Perouse.  The island, accessible by footbridge, is transformed into an Aboriginal arts festival on the first Sunday of every month. Learn how to weave a traditional basket, create shell art or make a spear and take carefully crafted Indigenous art home with you from the market.

Join the Rocks Dreaming Tour to uncover Sydney's fascinating history. The Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour, at Taronga Zoo, looks at the powerful link between Aboriginal people and Australia's native wildlife. Kadoo Tours operate cultural tours at Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park, as well at La Perouse in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Tours are guided by local Indigenous identity, Tim Ella of the Yuin-Dharawal Nation. 

Fascinating traces of Sydney's traditional owners can be found in local sites and rock carvings. Often depicting whales, sharks and fish, you can see an example of an aboriginal rock carving in Tamarama, on the beautiful Bondi to Coogee WalkGuringai Tours offer 3.5 hour cultural tours in the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, taking you to sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. Learn about Aboriginal culture, art, the Dreamtime, bush foods and bush medicine. 

Experience Aboriginal culture by visiting one of Sydney's fine public museums. At the Australian Museum, the Indigenous Australian Gallery traces Aboriginal culture from 40,000 years ago to the present through rare cultural artefacts such as boomerangs, didgeridoos, baskets and ceremonial pieces.

The Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour is home to a permanent exhibition, EORA First People; bark paintings, sculptures and artefacts represent the strong connection Aboriginal communities have to the sea. At the Museum of Sydney, exhibits and films tell stories of Aboriginal culture.

The inspiring and beautiful work by past and present Aboriginal artists is on show at Yiribana Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Gallery in the Art Gallery of NSW and is a highlight of any Sydney trip. See the astonishing performances by Australia's only indigenous dance company, the Bangarra Dance Theatre, based in Sydney.