Royal Botanical Gardens
2000 Sydney, Australia
The Royal Botanical Gardens, on the eastern fringe of the CBD, has a rich indigenous history, including the award-winning garden display, Cadi Jam Ora. It contains native vegetation replicating what would have likely grown 200 years ago, and gives a unique insight into encounters between local Cadigal people and the first white settlers.
An extraordinary 52-meter sculptural 'storyline' documenting Aboriginal history from the Dreamtime to the present comprises the First Farm display.
But to get the real 'story' behind these and the greater Aboriginal heritage within the gardens, specialized walking tours are available conducted by indigenous education officers. Participants explore plant uses, culture, artifacts, and also get to taste some bush tucker foods at the tour's completion.
Tours are conducted on Fridays, but can be arranged for any weekday on request. They last approximately 1.5 hours and depart from the Information Booth outside the Garden Shop at the Palm Grove Center, Botanical Gardens.