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 discover where you can discover delicious flavours, scents and unfiltered experiences of the land.

 

Around Perth:

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. Maalinup is operated by a family descended from the Wardandi Bibbulmun people, who share their deep knowledge of Australian native foods, herbs, and spices. Be sure to stock up on their famous bush tucker inspired jams and marmalades to savour back home.

 

Bindi Bindi Dreaming – Bush Tucker Walk

The bush was the Noongar Peoples’ supermarket – it provided everything they needed. At Bindi Bindi Dreaming, 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 infused with traditional herbs and spices. Visitors will also have the opportunity to handle artefacts and tools as they learn about the six Noongar seasons.

 

Yirra Yaakin Annual Family Picnic

Spend a night under the stars at the Yirra Yaakin Annual Family Picnic at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens. Returning for its fifth year, the next one is taking place in March 2020 and promises to be an evening of fun for the whole family. There will be live music and performances from the acclaimed Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, face painting, and samples of kangaroo stew and damper. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Down South:

Aboriginal Food Cave and Dinge Tour | Koomal Dreaming

This hands-on Koomal Dreaming journey takes you on a guided bushwalk through the breathtaking Ngili Cave in Yallingup.  Fill up on a traditional BBQ lunch of kangaroo, emu, and quandong as you learn about how the Wadandi Noongar people hunted and gathered in the area. If the prospect of mouth-watering local food isn’t enough, you can also expect authentic Dreamtime storytelling and a one-of-a-kind didgeridoo experience in the Ngili Cave.

 

Heading North:

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. After spending the night in one of the environmentally sustainable cabins, you are sure to leave with unforgettable memories of the land.

 

A Taste of Broome

A Taste of Broome gives a short but sweet glimpse into the history of Broome through the songs, stories and dance of the Yawuru. Mouth-watering regional food offerings are complemented by multimedia-art performances showcasing local life and history. With the next Taste of Broome quickly approaching in September, it’s the perfect time for another trip up north to savour the warm days, tranquil nights, and never-ending blue skies.

Image credits: Feature – Koomal Dreaming, Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery, Yirra Yaakin, Kooljaman

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