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Looking for a great night out in Sydney? Don't miss a performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia's most original and exciting dance companies. Backed by an all-Aboriginal cast of writers, directors and performers, Stephen Page, Bangarra's choreographer and artistic director, digs deep into his culture to explore contemporary Aboriginal social themes.

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Tribal Warrior Sydney Harbour Cruise

Visitors to Sydney might be surprised to learn that they can immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture through a range of authentic experiences right here in Sydney. These can include everything from traditional dance and didgeridoo performances to contemporary and traditional art and buying genuine souvenirs.

In fact, many Aboriginal cultural tours use Sydney's beautiful natural setting to full advantage. For example, during a Tribal Warrior cruise on Sydney Harbour, hear stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people who were the original inhabitants of Sydney's harbour foreshore. A Rocks Dreaming Tour helps you uncover Sydney's fascinating history through Aboriginal eyes while the Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour at Taronga Zoo investigates the link between Aboriginal people and Australia's native wildlife.

In the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, an Aboriginal guide discusses bush foods and medicine and, on an After Dark Nature Tour, you'll learn about the areas of cultural significance to the traditional Kay-Ye-My Aboriginal people who occupied the area now known as Manly.

Sydney is ringed by national parks which have sites of Aboriginal cultural significance.  Explore them with EcoTreasures in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and with Jibbon Headland Aboriginal Discovery Tour in the Royal National Park.

At Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre near Penrith, en route to the Blue Mountains, you can spend a day learning about tribal areas, Aboriginal culture and local Traditional Owners, the Darug tribe. Why not sample traditional damper, wattle-seed pikelets, and native game meat such as kangaroo and emu? Or learn the ancient art of boomerang throwing, paint your own story on a boomerang or listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo, the world's oldest wooden wind instrument.

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