Aboriginal Culture in the Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney was established in the 1800’s, but First Nations communities have had a connection with this site, that dates back since long before then.

When you visit the gardens, you’ll see the First Fleet’s original garden, but the Gadigal people, of the Eora nation, were farming warrigal greens- and oysters out on the water- here, since time immemorial.

If you’re keen to learn more about the lives and culture of the First Nations people who inhabited this site, the gardens run tours, together with indigenous group, Shared Knowledge. Join Drew as he takes you on a fascinating bush tucker tour of the gardens. You’ll get to feel, smell and taste many plants, used by First Nations peoples as food, medicines and even for daily hygienic practices. For those keen to sample the many unique flavours of bushfood, in modern cooking, back at the historic Victoria Lodge, Drew creates a three-course bushtucker feast, as a fitting end to the ‘Bush Foods Experience’ tour. I guarantee this uniquely Australian dining experience will have you salivating and savouring the flavours, long after the meal is eaten!

Manager of Aboriginal Education and Engagement, and proud Wiradjuri woman Renee Cawthorne, also runs bush tours of the gardens. As the holder of ancient knowledge and local traditions, Renee shares many stories of the lives and cultures of First Nations people from the region.

Shared Knowledge, Sydney
0424 719 613
Victoria Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
1C Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
1 Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW