Womindjeka / wominjeka! That means welcome in the languages of the Traditional Owners of the area now called Melbourne.
The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Today we are proud to say that Melbourne is a significant gathering place for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Find out more about Aboriginal culture through these places and events, and follow Aboriginal Melbourne on Facebook.
Reconciliation week events
First Nations Art and Culture Events
Free events celebrating First Nations people and culture.
One Song: The Music of Archie Roach
Nitel: An Exhibition of First Nations Artists
Aboriginal Melbourne walk
Discover Melbourne's Aboriginal heritage and culture on this walking tour of significant sites, from Melbourne's Fitzroy Gardens to the harbour at Docklands.
You'll see artefacts of Aboriginal history and culture including scarred trees, historical meeting places, artworks and monuments.
Koorie Heritage Trust
Based at Federation Square, the Koorie Heritage Trust promotes Aboriginal culture through an ever-expanding collection of art, cultural artefacts and oral histories. The centre offers a regular program exhibitions, workshops and tours.
The centre's retail space showcases items designed or crafted by Aboriginal people, including books, artwork, clothing, jewellery and homewares.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art, the Ian Potter Centre showcases an impressive collection of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
See 19th century drawings by William Barak, 20th century paintings by Albert Namatjira, and work by contemporary artists Reko Rennie and Brook Andrew.
This popular park along the Yarra River is named from the Wurundjeri people who originally inhabited the area: ‘birrarung’ means ‘river of mists’ and ‘marr’ relates to ‘side’.
The Birrarung Wilam art installation celebrates Victoria’s Aboriginal culture, while a semicircle of metal shields represents each of the five groups of the Kulin Nation.
Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre celebrates the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria's Aboriginal people.
The centre is named after Bunjil, the eagle creator deity of the Kulin Nation. Under his metaphorical wing, the centre presents permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as events and activities.
Mabu Mabu - Big Esso
If you've never tried local delicacies like saltbush fried crocodile or charred emu with cassava crisps, then grab a seat at the communal table. This Indigenous-owned and run restaurant in Fed Square celebrates First Nations' food and culture.
In the spirit of community, dishes are designed for sharing. Pumpkin damper with golden syrup butter is essential, as is a bucket of the charred king prawns.
Pawa Cafe and Bar
Hamer Hall's new cafe is a celebration of native flavours, from strawberry gum brownies to kangaroo pies. Enjoy lunch outside or stop in post-show for cheese and local wine.
Established by Aboriginal woman Niyoka Bundle from the Gundijtmara people, Pawa works with Indigenous native food growers, farmers, local artisans and makers.
Galleries and exhibitions
Gallery and retail space specialising in Aboriginal art.
Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art
Fine Aboriginal art from the Central Western Desert, the Kimberley and Arnhemland.
Yarra: Stories of Melbourne's River
Explores the chequered history of the stream we call the ‘city’s river’.
A park beside the Yarra River commemorating the landing of the first settlers.
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Museums and art galleries
Explore Melbourne's public museums and galleries along with artist-run and commercial galleries.
Let the hanging lanterns guide you along Little Bourke Street into Australia’s oldest Chinatown.