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.

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.

A couple in a gallery listening to a man with a boomerang.

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.

A woman sitting on a bench and looking at paintings in an art gallery.

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.

A couple walking through a sculpture park by the river.

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.

Bunjilaka

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.

People dining in a casual restaurant with a red neon sign.

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.

A bright yellow interior of a cafe with small tables and red stools.

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

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New Works from Warlukurlangu

See new works by artists from the Warlukurlangu Arts Community.

Red Desert Dreamings Gallery

Specialising in Aboriginal art from the red desert area of central Australia.

Redrock Gallery

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.

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Naadohbii: To Draw Water

An exhibition of First Peoples contemporary art from Canada, NZ and Australia.

Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

Discover art that builds on and challenges tradition in Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection.

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Yarra: Stories of Melbourne's River

Explores the chequered history of the stream we call the ‘city’s river’.

Discover more

Enterprize Park

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

Museums and art galleries

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

Monthly highlights

Make the most of your visit to Melbourne with our monthly guides to what's on in the city.

Film

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