If you’re in the city of Melbourne but short on time, you can enjoy a guided cultural interpretive walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens just a few minutes from the city centre. Here you’ll discover the plant lore of traditional foods, medicine, tools and ceremony on a site that was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people.
If you’ve got time to travel further afield, there’s plenty of amazing places to discover. The diverse Aboriginal heritage of the Great Ocean Road, one of southern Australia’s great touring routes, is easily accessible from Melbourne. Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Warrnambool is the site of a dormant volcano crater where Aboriginal people lived until it erupted, more than 30,000 years ago.
Visit the Gariwerd Grampians National Park where you can join in a range of Aboriginal cultural activities including painting and boomerang throwing lessons, didgeridoo workshops, native food tastings, listening to the area’s Dreaming stories, viewing some of the 180 rock art sites or getting up close to the local wildlife.
Other cultural attractions include the remains of a permanent Aboriginal village in heritage-listed Lake Condah and Geelong’s Aboriginal Centre and nearby cultural trail.