We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the countries on which these tours take place – those who have occupied and cared for these lands and waters for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
There are over 80 different Aboriginal clan groups in New South Wales, with 29 in the Sydney metropolitan area alone. If you are travelling to, or live in, New South Wales, there is a wealth of knowledge found in the traditional custodians of the land that is just waiting for you to explore. Many different Aboriginal nations make up the state, each with their own unique connection to country, customs and stories to share.
Read on to discover three incredible First Nations tours, deepen your knowledge and connection to the land you stand on, and help support Indigenous business.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant Indigenous culture of the traditional owners of the Sydney CBD and be taught about how the Gadigal use the plants in the garden.
Take the Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour, where you learn about the traditional uses of native bush foods and how they are used in the modern day. Or experience the wonder of Sydney Harbour through the perspective of Gadigal on this tour around Circular Quay and the surrounds.
Dharug and Gundungurra Land
Aboriginal-owned and guided, this idyllic walk through the spectacular Blue Mountains will take you on a secluded bush walk with plenty of time for learning, activities and relaxing. This day tour is led by Evan Yanna Muru, who independently owns, guides and operates the tour. See wildlife and an incredible and in-depth insight into the history of the land.
The Yuin Retreat is a one-of-a-kind three-day intimate cultural experience, operated by the Yuin people of Djirringanj country. The retreat features a generous itinerary, including a traditional welcome ceremony, guided walking or driving tours of the spectacular native land, a cultural wellness evening and a sunrise ceremony. This experience will enlighten you to a traditional way of knowing and you will experience first-hand ceremony and dreaming stories that have been passed down to connect to country.
There are so many other incredible Indigenous tours operating all over New South Wales, with options in both larger cities and small, outback areas. Immersing yourself into the oldest living culture in the world is a privilege, so be sure to not miss any of these important tours the next time you travel around NSW.
By Sarah Panther