Cultural experiences and tours

The world’s oldest living culture will enthral you with marvellous Sydney experiences, from Aboriginal-guided tours and ancient rock art to dance performances and cultural festivals. A Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruise on one of the world’s finest natural harbours is a delightful way to begin.

The internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance is dazzling, combining traditional and modern dance to explore Dreaming stories and contemporary Aboriginal social themes. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company’s performances are a must-see in Sydney’s vibrant events calendar.

Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour, Taronga Zoo

You can learn more about how Dreaming stories connect Aboriginal people with the land, sea and sky from Aboriginal art in galleries and national parks as well as on cultural heritage tours. The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour reveals Sydney's history through the eyes of the First Australians.

On the Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour in Taronga Zoo, you’ll meet native wildlife and learn about the creation of the animals in the Dreaming. In the Royal Botanic Garden, join the Aboriginal Heritage Tour to find out about traditional uses of native plants in bush medicines and bush tucker.

Blak Markets 2015

With Kadoo Indigenous and Cultural Tours, explore Watsons Bay in the Sydney Harbour National Park or La Perouse in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You’ll take part in a traditional ochre ceremony while learning about traditional ways of life, and taste a delicious range of bush tucker.

Guringai Aboriginal Tours and EcoTreasures will take you to ancient rock art in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia’s second-oldest national park. Another fabulous experience is learning the ancient art of boomerang throwing at the Muru Mittigal Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre.

Blak Markets

There are many other cultural experiences. At Barangaroo and Bare Island, La Perouse, Blak Markets hosts traditional Aboriginal dance performances and arts and craft stalls once a quarter. At the annual Yabun Festival on January 26, enjoy performances by indigenous stars of music and dance.