If you’re a lover of Aboriginal art and culture, there has never been a better time to extend that experience to your taste buds. From the Noongar and Whadjuk people in the south, to the Yawuru further north, there are plenty of bush tucker experiences and tours operated by Indigenous custodians of the land. Read on to find out where you can discover delicious flavours, scents and unfiltered experiences of the land.
Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery
Promising, “bush tucker like you’ve never tasted before,” the Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery in the Swan Valley has something for every palate. Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm and only 35 minutes from the Perth CBD, Maalinup is operated by a family that descended from the Wardandi Bibbulmun people. Through Aboriginal cultural activities, talks, performances and bush tucker as well as a gallery of local Aboriginal art, the family share their deep knowledge of the Australian Indigenous culture.
Be sure to check out Bushtucker Talks and Tastings and sample the many sauces, jams, chutneys, oils and dukkahs on offer.
Bindi Bindi Dreaming – Bush Tucker Walk
Bindi Bindi Dreaming showcases the unique Aboriginal culture of Perth allowing visitors to gain a better understanding of the region’s traditional people and to share the continuation of cultural traditions. An Indigenous guide will take you through Noongar Boodja where you will see bush tucker and medicinal plants in their natural environment. The bush tucker walk includes a morning tea featuring traditional herbs and spices and visitors will also have the opportunity to handle artefacts and tools as they hear the stories of the bush and its surrounds.
Aboriginal Food Cave and Didge Tour | Koomal Dreaming
The hands-on Koomal Dreaming journey takes you on a guided bushwalk through the breathtaking Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup. Learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines before filling up on a traditional BBQ lunch of kangaroo, emu, quandong, emu plum and salt bush around the campfire. If the prospect of mouth-watering local food isn’t enough, you will also be treated to an authentic Dreamtime storytelling and a one-of-a-kind didgeridoo experience in the Ngilgi Cave.
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Located off the beaten track, Kooljaman is an award-winning wilderness camp offering numerous dining experiences that will immerse you in Indigenous food culture. The tours through the land provide an opportunity to explore beach and bush as you try your hand at spear fishing and sample regional fruits. The Bush Tucker Tour with Bundy offers a guided walk around Kooljaman where you can learn about the different types and uses of bush fruits and foods found in the area. Depending on the time of year, you may even be able to sample some fruit!