Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Get an insight into the Victorian capital’s unique Indigenous history and culture on this small group Melbourne Aboriginal Heritage Tour. Learn the traditional uses of the native flora of the region at the Royal Botanic Gardens, try some delicious bush food-insired cuisine, and immerse yourself in the significant stories of Australia’s First Peoples at the acclaimed Melbourne Museum. This tour provides an entirely different perspective on the city and its history.
☆ Enjoy a guided walk along the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Aboriginal Heritage Walk
☆ Sample the native flavours of bush food-inspired fine cuisine at Charcoal Lane in Gertrude Street
☆ Learn fascinating Indigenous history at Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
☆ Discover the cultural significance of the design of Federation Square for Australia’s First Peoples
☆ Maximum group size: 10.
☆ CBD hotel pick-up and air-conditioned transport
☆ Guided small group tour with commentary
☆ Expert local guide with specialised historical and cultural knowledge
☆ Guided walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens (1.5 hrs)
☆ Tasting lunch
☆ Entry to Melbourne Museum.
What you can expect
This wonderfully enriching Melbourne Aboriginal Heritage Tour offers a valuable insight into the cultural significance of Melbourne region to Australia’s First Peoples.
You’ll be picked up at your city hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus and taken to your first stop – the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. At the gardens you’ll enjoy a guided tour along the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, learning about the traditional uses of the native plants for medicine and food. Your guide will also share some of the history of the local Kulin nation.
This Melbourne Aboriginal Heritage Tour then moves on to Gertrude Street – one of Melbourne’s most popular culinary hotspots. Here you’ll enjoy a light lunch at Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise restaurant dedicated to providing young Aboriginal people with jobs and a say in maintaining their own culture. Your fabulous indigenous feast – Touch Feel and Taste, is a fine dining experience where you’ll sample the myriad flavours and textures of native ingredients.
After lunch you’ll head over to the Melbourne Museum, situated in the lovely Carlton Gardens. Here you’ll visit the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which is dedicated to documenting the history and culture of Melbourne’s First Peoples. View stunning artworks and discover more local stories that have been passed down through many generations.
The tour concludes at Federation Square – the unofficial heart of the city. As well as being a modern architectural landmark, the site is an important traditional meeting place for the Kulin nation. Once the tour is over you’ll have the option to visit the Ian Potter Centre, which showcases an extensive and important collection of Indigenous art.
This Melbourne Aboriginal Heritage Tour is a must for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the culture of the city’s traditional owners.