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Aboriginal Experiences

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will immerse you in the rich Aboriginal culture of the traditional owners of the Sydney city area, the Gadigal and help you see the Garden in a new and exciting way.

Discover the history of Warrane (the Cadigal name for Sydney Cove – Circular Quay) and learn about the ways the plants in the Garden are used by the Cadigal people.

Take a guided tour and taste Aboriginal bush foods! 

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions when you take a guided tour. Depending on what’s in season, you’ll also be able to taste some Australian bush foods. Tours depart from the Information Centre at the Garden Shop every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 am. Click here to learn more and book your place. 

Walk the Cadigal storyline 

If you'd like to learn about the history of this place at your own pace, walk the 50 metre storyline at Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters + First Farm.

Below is our range of tours, educational programs, events, stories and Aboriginal staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Dine and Discover 

Discover vouchers can be used for select events. Simply click the Book Now button and follow the prompts through the Humanitix widget, filling in your details for the booking. When it comes to payment, enter your voucher code into the payment box next to the Dine & Discover logo. For assistance on using your voucher, please check the Humanitix FAQs.
For more ideas on using your Dine & Discover vouchers at the Garden, check out our Story.

Educational program across the Gardens

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Meet our staff

Darren Charlwood

Role: A/Aboriginal Programs Officer
Mob: Wiradjuri
Previous experiences: Educator at Australian Museum 
Next Holiday: Back to my Wiradjuri country
Favourite part about working Here: Sharing culture, educating our kids, telling the truth about the plight of Indigenous people of this country & feel as though i'm helping "close the gap"
Fun Fact : I'm a butcher by trade, played guitar for over 25 years & well established art practice. Am a member of Boomalli Aboriginal Art Cooperative 

Lee Carr

Role: Casual staff
Mob: Wiradjuri
Previous experiences: Teacher – Wiradjuri Language & weaving
Next Holiday: Cruise around top-end of Australia
Favourite part about working Here:  Meeting new people and sharing cultural knowledge in outdoor settings
Fun Fact: I have celebrated my birthday at the same restaurant for the past 32 years – love the setting, the staff and the food.

Ebony Carberry

Role: Casual staff
Mob: Wiradjuri
Previous experiences: Sports Coach & currently studying Secondary Teaching at UTS
Next Holiday: Back to Las Vegas 
Favourite part about working Here: Learning and teaching culture
Fun Fact : I love cooking 


Latest stories

Aboriginal culture brought to life at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
Our Standing Up Alive exhibit runs until the 13 May and celebrates the thriving Aboriginal culture around the Blue Mountains
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Rainforest fruit genetics reveal ancient Aboriginal pathways
Genetics and Aboriginal knowledge have come together to solve a rainforest tree mystery.
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Black bean
New research from the Garden’s Evolutionary Ecology team combines cultural and scientific knowledge to reveal plant stories from the past
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5 kilogram nuts come crashing down at Australia’s largest botanic garden.
They certainly make a solid ‘thunk’ when they land.
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We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.