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13. Jibbon Point
Another site that can be reached by public transport is the Royal National Park at Bundeena. To get to the park catch the train to Cronulla and ferry to Bundeena. The best examples are at Jibbon Headland, take the walking track from Bundeena to Marley Head. There are signs with descriptions and among the engravings are boomerangs, sharks, fish and whale.
14. Elvina Nature Trail and West Head
Aside from the visiting Kuringai National Park, incredible engravings are also accessible to the public at the Basin Engraving Site and the Elvina Engraving Site with different types of engraving including people, kangaroos, fish, wallabies and symbols.
15. Muru Mittigar Cultural Centre
Just an hour from Sydney is the Mittigar Cultural Centre. This is one of the best place to learn about the symbols used in Aboriginal art. The centre is located near Penrith in Sydney’s west. It’s a bit of a hike, but if you are looking for an authentic aboriginal experience, it is worth the drive.
This is run by the local indigenous community which offers a good range of arts and crafts, and this is a good place to purchase your didgeridoo if you plan to buy one. If you are a plant enthusiast, then you must visit the Murri Mittigar Native Nursery which is a wholesale and retail nursery. It specialises growing plants from the Sydney Region. These growing plants are grown and developed from provenance seed which are collected in the local area. The emerging plant lines include bush tucker plants, with species chosen from across Australia.
16. Australian Museum
If you are at all interested in the culture and history of the first Australians, you should experience an interactive indigenous Australian experience in this museum. It is worth a visit. There is a good range of interactive exhibits that are suitable for both adults and children where you can listen to dreamtime stories, learn about the Stolen Generation and view a collection of boomerangs, didgeridoos, and other artefacts.
The exhibit includes the problems faced by aboriginal communities both in the past and today, something which most Australians don’t talk about.
17. Dharawal National Park
Sixty minutes from Sydney’s central business district is the Dharawal National Park which offers a stunning scenery. However, public access to the bushland has been restricted. So, your best option is a guided tours of the park every second Saturday of the month. To book, you may contact Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre.
18. Barangaroo Reserve
This multimedia Aboriginal cultural experience uses modern technology to tell stories of the world’s oldest living culture. Go on an adventure of discovery at Barangaroo Reserve using a free augmented reality app that unlocks the meaning behind five new engravings carved into rock by Aboriginal Elders. The Barangaroo Ngangamay app uses AR (augmented reality) technology to showcase the strength, diversity and creativity of Aboriginal women, men and children of the Sydney region. You may download the app to your smartphone or tablet and experience the culture shared by Aboriginal people at the Barangaroo Reserve.
19. Arrunga Bardo Aboriginal Bush Food Garden
Located in southern shore of Lake Parramatta, this garden is devoted to native plants that were essential to the Burramatta people. There are myriad of flowers, herbs, shrubs, roots and trees can be found which some were edible, others were medicinal and, other still, used as tools and weapons.
20. Warami Mittigar Cultural Walk
Allow yourself for a tranquil walk along the river in the beautiful Parramatta Park. Join the Warami Mittigar Cultual Walk as this is a great opportunity to spend time with the Aboriginal traditional custodian and understand their link to the land and how they utilize plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture. The tour is hosted monthly by the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
22. Parramatta Riverside Walk
Along the northern bank of Parramatta River, bright murals cover the footpath, telling stories of Indigenous history – from the river’s culinary abundance to the invasion of the First Fleet to the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their parents. These artworks are the creation of Jamie Eastwood, a Ngemba man who hails from northwestern New South Wales. To help deepen visitors’ un¬derstanding, interpretative signs detailing historical events are dotted along the way. The murals begin just west of Lennox Bridge, in front of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, which is at 346A Church Street.
23. THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BAIAME CAVE
Tucked away in the heart of the wine country north of Sydney, there is a small cave that contains a mesmerizing and exceptional depiction of the ancient creator spirit, Baiame. The ancestral hero is depicted with his enormous arms wrapped around the cave walls, overlooking the valley sprawling below for more than 2,000 years.
24. Domain Creek
Along this pretty waterway in Parramatta Park, the Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare Group – in collaboration with Parramatta Park Trust – has restored the bushland to pre-European conditions. The Burramatta Aboriginal Landscape Trail takes walkers on a revelatory cultural journey, exploring the relationship between the Burramatta people and their surroundings.
25. Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative’s
The promotion of culture and arts are depicted by Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative’s as the Aboriginal Artists’ language groups still exist in the NSW state boundaries. This artists collective support, promote, educate and protect copyright for their members as they strive to improve access for Aboriginal Artists from both regional and metropolitan NSW. Boomalli has a current membership base of 50 Artists. Approximately a third are emerging Artists and over half of our membership consists of regional Artists.