Sydney Harbour may be one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, but an Aboriginal harbour cruise will give you more than just stunning views by offering you a glimpse into the lives of Sydney’s original Aboriginal inhabitants, the Gadigal people. Aboriginal guides will teach you the Aboriginal names and meanings of Sydney’s landmarks and share information about all of the tribes that lived in New South Wales. As you visit rock-peckings and old Aboriginal settlements you will easily be able to imagine their first encounters with Europeans. A traditional Aboriginal welcome and bush tucker lunch on Clark Island will be a meal to remember and you can even learn about the Island’s fascinating history before taking advantage of some of the harbour’s best photo opportunities.
If it’s at all possible you should do your best to time your visit to coincide with a performance at the Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s oldest, youngest and most innovative dance companies. Bangarra draws on the stories, traditions and spirit of Aboriginal Australians, and blends these with contemporary dance influences from across the world. See this truly Australian dance language in its home theatre in Sydney or on stages in cities across the nation.
If you have a little extra time, we highly recommend you get out of the city and explore some of the surrounding areas. The Blue Mountains begin just 50kms east of the metropolitan area and this World Heritage listed area is one of the Australia’s most spectacular icons. Here you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a Walkabout into the Dreamtime and visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre.
For the more adventurous, you can venture into the Outback and visit the Mutawintji National National Park or Mungo National Park where local Aboriginal guides will share stories of the remarkable archaeological finds of the world’s first ritual cremation burials and you can see firsthand evidence of Australia’s oldest human remains from over 40,000 years ago.