Established in collaboration with Melbourne’s traditional owners, the Boonwurrung and the Woiwurrung people, Melbourne’s museum Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre chronicles Indigenous history through a series of immersive exhibitions. Enter the nest of ancestral spirit Bunjil and learn how he breathed life into Kulin Nation, wander through the Milari Garden Trail, visit the resident eels during feeding time and see over 600 artefacts significant to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Set amidst Fitzroy’s bustling Brunswick Street, Alcaston Gallery showcases the work of emerging and established contemporary artists from the Australian and the Asia Pacific Region. Established in 1989, the gallery also represents the work of Indigenous Australians. At the helm is Executive Director Beverly Knight, who is a foremost expert on Australian Indigenous art and works directly with remote Indigenous communities, paving passageways for artists to find recognition and financial independence.
11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia + 61 3 9418 6444
Mission Australia’s social enterprise Charcoal Lane provides mentoring and support to young, vulnerable Indigenous Australians. Under the guidance of executive chef Greg Hampton, the trainees are taught a curriculum of hospitality skills to enforce self-confidence. Together the team prepares contemporary Australians meals, which champion native ingredients including spiced roasted emu fillet with beetroot and lemon tea tree soufflé, Pumpkin and pepper leaf gnocchi with macadamia and warrigal greens pesto, and the Lemon Myrtle meringue pie.
Charcoal Lane, 136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia, +61 3 9418 3400
Located at Federation Square, the Koorie Heritage Trust is an Indigenous not-for-profit cultural center which supports and celebrates Australia’s South Eastern Indigenous people. Open seven days a week, the Koorie Heritage Trust is home to Victoria’s only dedicated public collection of Koorie art and culturally significant artefacts including a photographic collection, Oral History Program and a Reference Library.
Housing the National Gallery of Victoria’s Australian and Indigenous art collection, the Ian Potter Centre holds more than 20,000 Australian works from the Colonial period to the present day, with approximately 800 pieces on display. Located on the ground floor is a permanent collection of Indigenous art showcasing the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including William Barak, Emily Kngwarreye, Judy Watson and Uta Uta Tjangala.
Led by Indigenous guides, the Aboriginal Heritage Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens is an enlightening journey “into the ancestral lands of Koolin nation,” who are the traditional owners of Melbourne. Take part in a traditional smoking ceremony, discover Indigenous values and uses of Australian flora for medicine, food, and tools and finish off the tour with a refreshing cup of lemon myrtle tea.