Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People.
Get inspired as you discover the oldest ecology, conservation, sustainability, astrology and spiritual beliefs on earth today. Connect with Australian skies, lands and waters, and the experiences of 'always walking Country'.
Feel empowered by learning how to teach others to navigate DreamTime pathways, whenever, in the city or out in the bush.
The Rocks Dreaming tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman, and is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal people lived in the area.
- Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides
- Participate in a cultural acknowledgement with ochre (traditional paint)
- Opportunity to handle cultural objects and materials
- Hear and learn some of the language spoken by the Gadigal people
- Understanding the connection between modern Sydney and the Aboriginal dreaming.
- Cadman's Cottage
The meeting point for the tour which begins with an introduction, Acknowledgement to Country and an ochre painting activity.
- Bligh and Barney Reserve
Using Bligh and Barney Reserve's native flora, the tour focuses on natural resources and purposes/uses of lilly pilly, cabbage palm tree, casuarina, lamandra, bracken fern, grevillia and wollemi pine.
- Campbells Cove
Campbells Cove offers amazing views of Sydney Harbour. Here the tour focuses on the saltwater lifestyle of the Gadigal people and the spiritual importance of the harbour, Opera House/Bennelong Point and Royal Botanical Gardens/Woccamagully.
- Argyle Cut
The Argyle Cut is used to discuss the importance of ochre (a natural paint). It exists in large clay pods on the wall of the Argyle Cut.
- The Rocks Discovery Museum - Warrane exhibition
This exhibition examines the Gadigal people's relationship with their environment, identity, community and spirituality before the arrival of Europeans. The exhibition is used to reiterate the knowledge shared earlier on the tour and also gives participants a chance to see cultural materials and objects such as a nowey (bark canoe).
- Tour operates 10.30am - 12 noon, daily (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
- $42 adult, $39 concession* (pensioner/student/YHA), $32 child (8-16 years), children under 8 free
- *Concession rate will be offered upon validation of concession card
- Book online below or call Sydney Visitor Centres (02) 9240 8788 (open 9.30am - 5.30pm daily, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
- Group and school bookings, call (02) 9240 8552
- Tour departs from Cadman's Cottage, Bligh Reserve, 110 George Street, The Rocks
Book online or visit the Sydney Visitor Centre
Phone: (02) 8273 0000