Visit the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum to learn about the trials and tribulations faced by the country’s first peoples, and the shaping of modern Australia. Explore the Milarri Garden for insights into the waterways significant to the Aboriginal people of southeastern Australia as well as the traditional uses of local plants. Don’t miss the First Peoples exhibition for stories, voices and other exhibits detailing the history and culture of the Koorie community of Victoria.
Bush tucker, also known as bushfood, refers to fruits and other produce native to Australia which have been a source of sustenance among Aboriginals for millennia. From animals such as emus and anteaters to fruits and seeds such as pencil yams and mulga seeds, there’s plenty to learn about. And at Maalinup at Yagan Square Market Hall, you can even sample a good variety.
An hour outside the city, join the award-winning Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout tour and venture into the lush rainforest, where you encounter waterfalls and gorgeous landscapes while learning about the rich history of the Darug language group. Besides visiting sacred cultural sites, you can experience ochre bark and body painting activities and deepen your understanding of Aboriginal traditions and customs.
A version of this article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine