Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Cultural experiences and tours
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.
Discover more about Aboriginal culture in Sydney and beyond by joining a guided tour or attending a performance by indigenous dancers and musicians. There are sure to be opportunities to buy souvenirs to take home, perhaps a hand-carved boomerang or digeridoo.
Many Aboriginal cultural tours take place in areas of great natural beauty in NSW. The Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout is in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Led by experienced wilderness guides, the walkabout tour begins at Faulconbridge train station, 80 minutes from Sydney’s Central Station by train.
During a Tribal Warrior Cruise on Sydney Harbour you’ll hear stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people who were the original inhabitants of the harbour foreshore. A traditional performance forms part of the cruise.
Explore sites of Aboriginal cultural significance in the national parks that fringe the city. Join EcoTreasures in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in northern Sydney and Jibbon Headland Aboriginal Discovery Tour in the Royal National Park to the south. On the NSW South Coast tours include the two-night Ngaran Ngaran Gulaga Creation Tour in Narooma.
On the North Coast, Aboriginal guides at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre near Port Macquarie explain how indigenous people have traditionally used rainforest plants as food and for their healing powers.