Be it for local travellers or foreign tourists, learning about Australia’s Aboriginal heritage is an enriching journey of discovery that can be experienced when in Melbourne.
Koorie Heritage Trust
For an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, head to the Koorie Heritage Trust, one of the key places to go in Melbourne. Apart from taking in Aboriginal artwork at the site’s location in Federation Square, you can also join a special cultural walk beside the Yarra River, visiting ancient sites and taking in various art installations.
Aboriginal Heritage Walk
This cultural tour is at the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens, within easy reach of properties like Avani Melbourne Box Hill Residences. On this walk, an Aboriginal guide will help you to learn about the Kulin nation and its ancestral lands; you will find out more about plants, food and medicine and see a traditional smoking ceremony too.
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
This attraction at the Melbourne Museum offers an immersive Koorie experience. You can visit the centre’s Milarri Gardens and observe eels being fed as you learn about this local food source and see indigenous paintings inside a cave. You can also view art and exhibitions on Aboriginal culture at the onsite Birrarung Gallery.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
In Federation Square, is the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia which features diverse indigenous and non-indigenous art. This collection which spans from colonial times to the present features an indigenous gallery that showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks covering four sections, namely earth, water, wind and fire.