Womindjeka / wominjeka! That means welcome in the languages of the Traditional Custodians 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.

Bronze statue of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Nicholls.

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.

Aboriginal exhibits inside the Koorie Heritage Trust.

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.

Large, rectangular building of Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.

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.

Outdoor Aboriginal art installation at Birrarung Marr park.

Birrarung Marr

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.

Displays inside Melbourne Museum's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.


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.

Aboriginal painting at Red Desert Dreamings gallery.

Red Desert Dreamings Gallery

Red Desert Dreamings is a commercial gallery specialising in Aboriginal art from the red desert area of central Australia.

Located on level four of the Pan Pacific Hotel in South Wharf, the gallery holds regular exhibitions of works from Aboriginal artists.

Original and authentic Aboriginal artwork.

Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art

Founded in 1996, Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art specialises in Aboriginal fine art from the Central Western Desert, the Kimberley and Arnhemland.

The gallery presents traditional and contemporary artworks and represents leading independent Aboriginal artists.

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Enterprize Park

A park beside the Yarra River commemorating the landing of the first settlers.


Let the hanging lanterns guide you along Little Bourke Street into Australia’s oldest Chinatown.


Melbourne has a thriving film scene, with film festivals and screenings at cinemas year-round.

Museums and art galleries

Explore Melbourne's public museums and galleries along with artist-run and commercial galleries.