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 everyday from 10am-5pm, Maalinup is operated by a family that 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.
10070 West Swan Road, Henley Brook
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.
6164 South Lake
Yirra Yaakin Annual Family Picnic
A highlight in our Aboriginal Cultural events calendar, Yirra Yaakin’s Annual Family Picnic offers a night under the stars at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Garden – it promises to be an evening of fun for the whole family. Every year, you can expect live music and performances from the acclaimed Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, face painting, and samples of kangaroo stew and damper. Check out the date for this year’s family picnic here.
Theatre Gardens, Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Aboriginal Food Cave and Dinge Tour | Koomal Dreaming
This hands-on 3-hour Koomal Dreaming journey takes you on a guided bushwalk through the breathtaking Ngili Cave in Yallingup. Depending on the season, 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.
Ngili Cave, 76 Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup
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 be able to sample some fruit!
PMB 8, Cape Leveque, Broome
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. Usually occurring in the warmer months, it’s the perfect excuse for another trip up north to savour the warm days, tranquil nights, and never-ending blue skies. Check out the dates for the next event here.
Goolarri Media Enterprises, 3 Blackman Street, Broome