Aboriginal Cultural Experiences

Laurel Nannup First Contact Public Art
FIRST CONTACT BY LAUREL NANNUP AT ELIZABETH QUAY

Many of us have been lucky enough to travel and experience Indigenous cultures around the world but we are often unaware of the opportunities to connect with Aboriginal culture in our own country.

The Traditional Custodians of the Perth area are the Whadjuk People from the Nyoongar Nation. Whether you are a Perth local or visitor to our beautiful city, now is the time to rediscover Perth from another perspective. Aboriginal cultural activities such as walking tours are really transforming the Perth City cultural scene right now. Here are some top tips to get you walking, talking and learning in an interactive Aboriginal cultural experience.

Nyungar Patriots Tour

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences | Yagan Square

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences, winners of 2018 Western Australian and Australian Tourism Awards pay homage to Perth’s Nyungar patriots on this 60-minute walking tour of Yagan Square. There are surprises at every corner of this multi-level precinct as your guides provide thoughtful (and sometimes quite emotional) insights into Perth’s history and Aboriginal culture, which has been acknowledged in the stunning design and architecture of Yagan Square.

Take a walk with Go Cultural, book tickets for their range of tours in Perth and Rottnest Island today.

Bushtucker Takeaways

Maalinyup | Yagan Square Market Hall

Calling all foodies and anyone who loves a great pie, sausage roll, salad or sweet treat. Maalinup in the Yagan Square Market Hall have recently launched their new store with bushtucker takeaways, tastings, tours and range of Aboriginal food products, art and giftware. The Beef and Pepperberry Pie and Lemon Myrtle Chicken Salad are simply divine.
  
Enjoy the real taste of Australia with Maalinup at Yagan Square or their Aboriginal gallery and native foods providore in Henley Brook.

Kings Park Yorga's Walk

Nyungar Tours | WA Botanic Garden, Kings Park

One of Perth’s newest tour companies, Nyungar Tours guides you through the tranquil surrounds of the Western Australian Botanic Garden at Kings Park on their Yorga’s Walk (Yorga means ‘woman’ in Nyoongar language). This delightful 70-minute walking tour is inspired by family stories and Elder teachings about life generations ago in Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park).

Soak up the natural beauty of the park and extraordinary scenic vistas of Perth City and the Swan River (a photographer’s dream by the way). Book a tour in Kings Park or on the South Perth foreshore.

Dreaming in the Quay

Djurandi Dreaming | Elizabeth Quay

Djurandi Dreaming offers a most wonderful way to end the day with their Dreaming in the Quay 45-minute walking tour of Elizabeth Quay. The history of the local Whadjuk tribe, their first contact with European settlers and cultural understanding and sensitivities are shared. As the sun sets over the Perth City skyline and Swan River, you will be charmed by the entertaining storytelling and visual attractions of the Quay. 

A perfect pre-dinner guided walk and Aboriginal cultural experience in Perth City. Rockingham tours, art workshops on Country and group canvas art projects also available at www.djurandi.com.au

Ancient Gateway to a Modern City

Warrang-Bridil | Burswood Park, Optus Stadium Precinct

SNEAK PEAK: Warrang-Bridil (meaning ‘Enlighten to Acknowledge’ in Nyoongar language), is a new tour company launching June 2019 in Perth. Their first walking tour (60-minutes) ‘Ancient Gateway to a Modern City’ will share Nyoongar culture, heritage, language, traditions and Ceremony with a display of cultural tools and artefacts that have paved the way for modern technology. Nyoongar cultural influence in Perth’s Optus Stadium Precinct and Matagarup Bridge will also be highlighted.

With picturesque views across the shores of the spectacular Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), this tour will be a fascinating look into the past, present and future of Perth’s Aboriginal culture. Website coming soon at www.warrang-bridil.com.au.

Day Trips

Staying in Perth but keen to explore beyond the city?

Here's some more Aboriginal cultural tour companies to consider for your next day trip or group getaway:

We acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where the City of Perth is today and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

*All businesses featured are 100% Aboriginal owned and operated, and are members of the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.