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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.

Educational program across the Gardens

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Meet our staff

Josh Brown


Josh Brown is the Aboriginal Programs Coordinator for all sites within the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands and leads the Aboriginal Education & Community team. Originally from Worimi country of the Forster-Tuncurry area, Josh has many years’ experience in education with qualifications in Secondary Teaching, Health and Physical Education.

Josh and the team work closely with surrounding Aboriginal organisations, NGO’s, local and state government organisations and staff to further inspire and educate visitors to the Gardens about the various aspects of Aboriginal culture and heritage, native plants and their traditional uses.

Chris Duckett

Chris is the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Aboriginal Programs Officer, based at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. His role is providing administrative and team support for the delivery of Aboriginal education and community programs across our Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands sites. Originally from the Thunghutti Mob from Bellbrook and Bundjalung from Widerbul, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having previously been with Tribal Warrior Association for a number of years doing the Aboriginal cultural tours of Sydney Harbour.

Interests: I love swimming at Maroubra Beach and I love the cricket during summer time.
Favourite part about working for Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands: I love the garden grounds. I love the animals and I wouldn’t even mind eating some of the possums on site and keeping the furs.

Mikasa Donald

Mikasa is one of our Aboriginal educators who delivers our range of Aboriginal education and community programs across our Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands sites.
Originally from Thursday Island of Far North Queensland, Mikasa is currently studying a Bachelor of nursing and brings experience working with kids teaching about Indigenous art.

Interests: Movies & being outdoors
Favourite part about working for Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands: Working outside and working in an environment that is constantly changing. 

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.