Aboriginal Culture in Sydney
Discover Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage through a range of cultural experiences, tours and sites. Find out more about the city’s indigenous communities, and their deep spiritual connection with the land, sea and sky through the Dreaming.
You can visit ancient rock art and ceremonial sites in national parks, including Australia’s two oldest parks; the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney’s north. Join an Aboriginal guide for a Guringai Tour in the latter.
See Aboriginal art in Sydney’s galleries and museums, such as the Yiribana Gallery inside the Art Gallery of NSW. You can buy beautiful Aboriginal arts and crafts at art galleries and art shops, including Boomalli, the Coo-ee Gallery, the Artery and the Kate Owen Gallery.
Watch one of the Sydney Opera House’s iconic sails be illuminated with Aboriginal artists’ exquisite works in the Badu Gili exhibition, daily at sunset and 7pm. Another must-see is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s exhilarating performances, fusing contemporary dance with indigenous themes and storytelling.
You can take part in an ochre ceremony with Kadoo Tours in Watsons Bay or take a walkabout tours such as the Rocks Dreaming. You’ll learn about traditional bush medicines on the Aboriginal Heritage Tour in the Royal Botanic Garden.
Learn how to throw boomerangs at Muru Mittigar cultural centre in Sydney’s North West, where you can also buy authentic Aboriginal products, such as didgeridoos, boomerangs, jewellery, and native jams and spices.
There are cultural festivals to enjoy, such as the annual Yabun Festival in January and the Whale Festival in spring. Blak Markets celebrates Aboriginal dance, song and food quarterly at La Perouse in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, where there are also significant cultural sites.