Aboriginal Tourism - Indigenous Australia - NSW Attractions
Considered the ‘First Australians’, the Indigenous Aboriginal
people of Australia is a growing part of the tourism industry, with many
tourists seeking to connect or have some interaction with the culture and the
Following is some information to Aboriginal attractions, history,
culture in New South Wales. Additional information can be found throughout this
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Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place
• Houses a
permanent Aboriginal collection which focuses on arts and artefacts
from the New England region. There is also an extensive collection
of works from artists from regional NSW. The Centre also hosts
travelling exhibitions from major galleries and museums that have an
Australian Museum Online
• Check out the
Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney. There is also a map of ‘Living
Harbour: Aboriginal Place Names’ including Botany Bay, Sydney
Harbour and Middle Harbour.
Barani • Indigenous History of Sydney City
• Barani is an
Aboriginal word of the Eora, who are the original inhabitants of the
place where Sydney City now stands. It’s meaning “yesterday”. A
fantastic, beautiful, interactive and searchable site.
• Ph: 02 9560 2541 •
• Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative is the only Aboriginal
owned and run Contemporary art space in Sydney.
Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum
• The Museum has an
extensive exhibition which focuses on a historical representation of
local people. You can listen to local stories and legends in the
Dreamtime theatre, see local Aboriginal stone and wooden artefacts,
a photographic display ranging from the 1800's to present day, and a
mission display showing life on an Aboriginal reserve with actual
furnishings that were issued by the Aborigines Protection Board.
• Shop 1, 4 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW 2452
• Ph: 02 6658 7901 • Mobile: 0412 399 242 •
• Located on the North Coast of NSW,
near Coffs Harbour, specialising in sourcing and brokering quality paintings
including major works for investment and private collections.
Giriwa Garuwanga Arts & Tours
• Displays at the Centre incorporate both traditional and
contemporary Aboriginal materials. You can view a selection of stone
artefacts from the nearby Murramarang Aboriginal area, as well as
see locally produced Aboriginal arts and crafts. The Centre also
offers specially guided tours of the award winning Coomee Nulunga
cultural track. This track gives an Aboriginal cultural perspective
to the beach and forest environments of the Ulladulla area as well as
local examples of bush tucker.
Goondee Aboriginal Keeping Place
• Lightning Ridge
Centre houses an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts
from the local area, as well as other cultural materials. There are
also examples of material which show the lifestyle on an Aboriginal
mission. You can hear cultural talks on Aboriginal artefact making
and dreamtime stories.
• By the Australian Museum in affiliation with
Australia's Cultural Network. There is some background info, stories
of the Dreaming, virtual tour, and things for kids and teachers.
Jinta Desert Art
Ground Flr, 120 Clarence St, SYDNEY NSW 2000 • Ph: +61 2 9290 3639 •
• Aboriginal fine arts gallery. The
site also contains some iconography and cultural information.
Minjungbal Cultural Centre
• Tweed Heads
• The Centre houses
a display showing all aspects of Aboriginal lifestyle in the north
coast of NSW. The centre conducts various tours, which include a
dance display and bush tucker talk.
One Track for All
away on the Northern Headland at Ulladulla (via Dolphin Street) is
One Track for All, with four lookouts providing spectacular views of
the coast and harbour. Telling the story of the southern Shoalhaven
Aboriginal and non Aboriginal history, from an Aboriginal
Authentic Aboriginal Art
• 79 George St, THE ROCKS NSW 2000 •
• Specialise in Australian Aboriginal
Art from Central and Western Desert, Arnhem Land, Queensland and Kimberley’s.
Tibooburra Aboriginal Keeping Place
• Display of Aboriginal
artefacts from the Tibooburra area. The Land council also has a Bush
Tucker garden where visitors can see local Aboriginal bush tucker
and medicine. Campsites are also available on the Land Council's
reserve, cost: $3.00 per car per night.
Umbarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Tours
• Wallaga Lake
• See historical photographs of the Aboriginal reserve
at Wallaga Lake and the extensive documentation on the local Yuin
peoples fight for the protection of their sacred sites. There is
also a workshop viewing area where you can watch Aboriginal spears
and boomerangs being made. Hands-on activities include spear
throwing, bark hut building, painting with ochres and boomerang
Waverley Area of Sydney •
• Prior to European occupation, Aboriginal
people lived in the area of Sydney now known as Waverley. The
evidence is provided by the existence of:
- Rock carvings at the Bondi Golf Course, Ben Buckler Reserve
and the coastal walk at Mackenzie's Point. Dating about 2,000 years, the largest group of
carvings is at what was probably a ceremonial ground in what is
now the Bondi Golf Course. The carvings depict an 8 metre figure
of a shark, which seems to be attacking a large male figure that
is swimming diagonally away from the creature. The creature is
identified by the depiction of the dorsal and pectoral fins. The male figure has been described as an iguana or lizard man due to
a long tail that was engraved below him, although it is speculated
that he was engraved after a Health Monitor Lizard eroded away.
- The Aboriginal path from Port Jackson to Bondi Bay is mapped
in the book ‘A Difficult Infant’, edited by Graeme Alpin
and described as a major Aboriginal path in the Sydney region as
deduced from the available ethno historical evidence with good
evidence for its position.
- The dune edge of Bondi Beach was the site of an Aboriginal
midden containing shellfish debris, stone working implements and
stone artefacts (such as grindstone, nose ornaments, scrapers,
spear points etc). Development in the area has since destroyed
this site with any remnants probably under Queen Elizabeth Drive.
Some items were save and are on display at the Australian Museum,
- Artefacts, Bondi Points. These were found at a large site on
the northern end of the beach in 1899 at Bondi. According to the
Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, these were first called
‘chipped-back surgical knives’ because they are shaped like a
scalpel or penknife blade. The name ‘Bondi’ was given to them in
1943... Bondi Points are part of a larger class of ‘backed
blades’, but they are long and thin, in contrast to other
microliths which are shorter and often geometric in shape.
However, there is a clear size distinction between the groups.
Bondi points were first made in Australia about 4,500 years ago.
These tools were probably used as spear points and barbs, with the
blunted back and the blunter end of the tool being held in place
by resin, as with more recent death spears.
- In a Sydney Morning Herald article of March 9, 1996 ‘Hands
across history’, journalist Debra Jopson reported that Sydney sits
astride a gigantic Aboriginal art gallery. the article included a
photograph of an Aboriginal engraving found under a garage floor
in the Eastern Suburbs.
- Rock shelters around the harbour and coastline which were made
use of as living quarters. A letter to Waverley Library from the
Australian Museum’s Anthropology Department (18th July, 1984)
refers to the Account of the English colony of New South Wales,
1798-1802 by D. Collins as confirming that the early settlers used
the occupational debris (rich in phosphates) around the shelters
for their gardens. This destroyed many habitations and has made
archaeological work in this region very difficult.
For more information, refer to the Waverley Library & Community
Waverley Library & Community Services
A Difficult Infant, Sydney before Macquarie, edited by Graeme Alpin,
Kensington, NSW: New South Wales University Press, 1988.