Travel in air-conditioned comfort and gain a fascinating insight into Melbourne's Indigenous heritage on this small group tour. You'll try some delicious bush food-inspired cuisine and immerse yourself in the stories of the First People at Melbourne Museum.

AUD $209pp

Melbourne Aboriginal Heritage Tour
Runs: Wednesday and Friday
Departs at: 10.30am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘This tour shares the history of the Victorian capital from the perspective of the First People. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens to learn about the Indigenous inhabitants’ traditional uses for various native floral species, and try a very sophisticated take on bush tucker. This tour is a must-do!’

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy a guided walk along the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Aboriginal Heritage Walk
  • Savour 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.

What's included

  • CBD hotel pick-up and air-conditioned transport
  • Guided small group tour with commentary
  • Expert local guide with specialised Indigenous historical and cultural knowledge
  • Guided walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens (1.5 hrs)
  • Lunch
  • Entry to Melbourne Museum.


Adults: AUD $209pp
Children (4 to 15 years): AUD $109pp
Infants (0 to 3 years): AUD $65pp

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. [More]

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.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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This tour concludes at Federation Square, where guests have the option to visit the Ian Potter Centre (NGV). It’s an easy walk from Federation Square back to most city hotels or you may like to utilise the free City Circle Tram.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.