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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 people.

Following is some information to Aboriginal attractions, history, culture in New South Wales. Additional information can be found throughout this site. Visit the New South Wales travel section for more information for your destination.

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Aboriginal - NSW Attractions

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 indigenous theme.
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.
BaraniIndigenous History of Sydney City
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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.
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists
• Ph: 02 9560 2541 • Email
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.
Cooinda Gallery Aboriginal Art
• Shop 1, 4 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW 2452
• Ph: 02 6658 7901 • Mobile: 0412 399 242 •
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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
• Ulladulla
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
The 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.
Indigenous Australia
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 • Email
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
Tucked 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 prospective.
Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art
• 79 George St, THE ROCKS NSW 2000 •
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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 via Narooma
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 throwing.
Waverley Area of SydneyAboriginal History
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, Sydney.
  • 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 Services.

 

Source: Waverley Library & Community Services
A Difficult Infant, Sydney before Macquarie, edited by Graeme Alpin, Kensington, NSW: New South Wales University Press, 1988.


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