Uncover Melbourne’s unique Aboriginal significance with our Melbourne Aboriginal Tour. Taste the native ingredients and learn the fascinating stories behind some of the city’s best attractions.
1030hrs from last city hotel
1630hrs at Federation Square
|Min: 2 adults (single supplement if single rooms)
Max: 11 people
Wednesdays & Fridays only (does not run 15DEC – 15JAN)
Melbourne Aboriginal Tour Itinerary
Wominjeka (Welcome) to Melbourne
The Melbourne Aboriginal Tour will allow you to uncover Melbourne’s unique indigenous significance.
You will hear the stories behind some of the city’s main attractions. As you meander through the Royal Botanic Gardens, you will learn about the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation. The tour will help you understand how the native flora was used by the First Peoples for food, tools and medicine.
Following this, you will travel to Melbourne’s eclectic culinary hotspot, Gertrude Street. Here, you will have the chance to experience these native flavours for yourself. You will enjoy an indigenous feast for the senses at social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane. This is where fine dining meets native ingredients but its main purpose is to provide young Aboriginals with opportunities to excel in hospitality. Your lunch will help to support this very worthwhile program.
The next stop is Melbourne Museum, located in the beautiful Carlton gardens. You will experience the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here you will learn about the diversity of Australia’s First Peoples, through the art and stories passed down across generations.
The final stop on your indigenous journey will be to Federation Square. It is now a striking modern public space that celebrates Melbourne’s cultural diversity, but it is historically significant to the Kulin nation. This is where their confederacy of Aboriginal peoples lived for thousands of years.
Be inspired by the square’s unique design and plethora of exhibitions, shops, cafes and galleries. You have the option of visiting the Ian Potter Centre. This major gallery exclusively showcasing Australian art, a place for you to reflect on Melbourne’s rich past.
Highlights & Inclusions
- 1.5hr Aboriginal Heritage Walk at the Royal Botanical gardens
- Touch, Feel & Taste and light lunch at Charcoal Lane
- Entry to Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum
- Lunch – Charcoal Lane
About the Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Second, the exploratory walk will take you through important areas of the Gardens. As you walk you will learn about the First Peoples’ connection to plants and their traditional uses for food, medicine and tools.
Your walk will finish with some lemon myrtle tea to share stories and reflect Aboriginal culture in Australia.
About Charcoal Lane
Charcoal Lane is located in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. This area of the city is a hot spot for local fashion designers, new cuisine and a mix of cultures living and working together.
Charcoal Lane supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people by providing professional pathways in hospitality and tourism. The restaurant also plays an important role in connecting to culture through food.
About Bunjilaka Cultural Centre
Bunjilaka Cultural Centre is part of Melbourne Museum in the inner city of Carlton.
The centre allows you to experience the vibrant cultures of Indigenous Australia through the interactive exhibits. Furthermore, you will see the most significant Aboriginal cultural collection in the world.
Visit the award-wining First Peoples exhibition and the Milarri Gardens to learn about the rich traditions of performance, storytelling and artwork.