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Published March 16th 2020
Connect to country & learn about Aboriginal culture
Did you know that before colonisation, Australia was made up of a network of separate, independent 'countries' distinguished by 250 language groups and over 700 dialects, and Sydney was originally inhabited by 29 clans collectively known as the Eora People?

Aboriginal Australia has rich culture that has survived more than 60,000 years and Aboriginal people have also survived catastrophic changes to their cultures and ways of life brought by Europeans since 1788.

Learn about the oldest living culture in the world, as well as getting to the know the city of Sydney through the connection to land that its First Nations peoples have and continue to uphold through the List below of Indigenous Tours & Walks in Sydney.

1. The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
When: Daily, 10:30am-12pm
Where: Cadmans Cottage, 110 George St, The Rocks
Cost: Adults: $44pp & Children: $32pp
Details: The tour features a 90-minute leisurely walkabout around The Rocks as you learn the authentic history of Aboriginal peoples' saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour; learn about their land and water use and their spiritual connection to adjoining waterways and foreshores that surround Sydney city.

Before the tour commences, you partake in a ceremony in which you accept ochre- a natural clay earth pigment that personally acknowledges Earth Mother before you hear about her landscape.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Dreamtime Southern X Facebook

2. Sydney Wyanga Malu Half-Day Experience
When: Daily, from 10am
Where: Gadigal Radio Station, Redfern
Cost: $175pp
Details: Experience an Aboriginal acknowledgement, traditional welcome to country, and a true connection with nature on this half-day tour.

The tour will take you on a ten-person bus to Sydney Harbour Bridge to visit an Aboriginal north boundary rock engraving site, where you will learn about these sites and the history of the area.

On your return, you will learn about the south boundary before taking a short walk through The Rocks learning about the original use of this area.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kotahi Tourism Facebook

3. Sydney Blue Mountains Walkabout
When: Daily,10:50am-4:10pm
Where: Faulconbridge Railway Station platform
Cost: $95pp
Details: This full-day tour will help you achieve ancient wisdom to enrich your life and a deep connection to country and culture. This life-changing journey of discovery in the Blue Mountains will also include learning song line of sacred sites on a secluded bushwalk through the stunning rainforest for 6 hours. The walk is 2 hours followed by 4 hours of learning, activities, photos and relaxing.

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4. Aboriginal Cultural Tour
When: Monday-Saturday: From 10:30am
Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
Cost: Adults: $36.50pp, Concession & Seniors: $22pp & Children under 17yrs: $16.50pp
Details: This Tour is led by renowned environmental educator, Clarence Slockee, and features learning about the native history of Sydney Harbour and the importance of the land to Australia's Aboriginal heritage and its significance to the clans of the Eora Nation that once lived where Sydney now stands.

The tour extends throughout the six-hectare headland, taking in the 75,000 native Australian trees and shrubs.

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Image Courtesy from Barangaroo Facebook

5. Dharawal National Park Walking Tours
When: Selected Saturdays- 9am & 11:30am Tours
Where: Dharawal National Park, Victoria Rd, Wedderburn
Cost: Adults: $15pp, Children (3-15yrs): $10pp & Children under 3yrs: Free
Details: The 9am tour traverses the O'Hares Creek Lookout track which is grade 1 walk, 2.5km return and the 11:30am walk takes a more challenging trail to Minerva Pool which is rated grade 3.

Both tours will include a guided Indigenous tour led by an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger who will provide a wonderful look at the stunning Australian landscape from a Koori perspective.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Macarthur Facebook

6. La Perouse First Contact Tour
When: See website.
Where: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Cann Park, La Perouse
Cost: Adults: $44pp & Children (5-12yrs): $20pp
Details: This two-hour tour will be held by Tim Ella, a traditional man of the Yuin Nation, and local historian and author Grant Hyde. The tour will begin with a traditional Ochre ceremony and include trying bush tucker, and learning about the first contact with Europeans, as you walk in Tim's footsteps as he takes you back to his Dreaming. You will also learn about native animals and local sea life.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kadoo Tours Facebook

7. Me-Mel Island Experience
When: Every Friday & Saturday
Where: Wharf 6, Circular Quay and Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $55pp, Children (4-15yrs): $36.40pp & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $170 per family.
Details: This immersive, interactive and informative cultural tour of Me-Mel is an Aboriginal Guided Tour on Goat Island. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed onto the island with a traditional Aboriginal Ochre and Welcome ceremony.

The tour will allow you to develop an understanding of the use of traditional artefacts and features demonstration and workshop. You will also explore the natural and native floral wonders of the island as well as learn about the history and significance of the island to the Aboriginal peoples of the area.

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8. Watsons Bay 'Welcome to the Country' Tour
When: See website.
Where: The Gap Stairs, Cnr Gap & Military Roads, Watsons Bay (Opposite Robertson Park)
Cost: $15pp
Details: This 45-minute tour will include traditional Ochre, smoking ceremony, bush tucker sampling, handling prehistoric stone tools, weapons, and animal skins.
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Image Courtesy from Kadoo Tours Facebook

9. Watsons Bay 'First Contact' Tour
When: See website.
Where: The Gap Stairs, Cnr Gap & Military Roads, Watsons Bay (Opposite Robertson Park)
Cost: Adults: $40pp & Children (5-12yrs): $20pp
Details: Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, as you discover the local flora and fauna and learn about the region's history.

The two-hour guided tour will take you through The Gap Bluff Walking Track in remnant bushland, taste test bush tucker straight from the bush and wattle seed pancakes with native jam, learn about the totem of Sydney, Guriwal (whale), the native birds, animals, and sea life that populate the waterways, join in the traditional Ochre ceremony, and hear wonderful stories about culture, people, and Dreaming of this land.

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10. Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours
When: See website.
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach
Cost: See website
Details: Join artist, teacher and performer Walangari Karntawarra on his unique Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour.

The tour will include seeing ancient Aboriginal Rock Carvings, traditional Aboriginal bush foods and medicines that still grow in the wild in beautiful Bondi, hear about the history of Bondi, from its pre-historical geological formation and how the Aboriginal people used its bountiful resources, to its place today as one of the world's most iconic beaches.

The tour will also include a traditional Aboriginal cultural performance, didgeridoo performance, and audience participation in dance.

Click here for the website.

11. The Basin Track Aboriginal Site Tour
When: See website.
Where: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Cost: Free
Details: This 3.5 hour cultural tour will include immersing yourself in an extensive Aboriginal cultural journey as you walk the land with Traditional Custodians and caretakers. Learn how Aboriginal ancestors used the site like a classroom, cared for the land and how it cared for them.

You will visit a cave with stencil art and sandstone engravings site.
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When: All year round- see website
Where: Sydney & Surrounds
Cost: See above
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Terrific article Gypsy Rose.
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Thank you, May Cross :)
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Thank you, May Cross :)
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