The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour - Illi Langi - PRIVATE TOUR

1.5 Hours
Warrane (Sydney), New South Wales
Urban Walk
Year Round
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This leisurely walkabout around The Rocks, on the edge of Sydney Harbour uncovers the authentic history of the Aboriginal people's saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour. Their land and water use and their spiritual connection to the adjoining waterways and foreshores. Aboriginal guides will demonstrate how this place, we now know as Sydney, continues to weave the Dreamtime Southern X text into its modern, built up environment. Discover how to experience contemporary Aboriginal society right in the heart of cosmopolitan Sydney today.


Cadman's Cottage Courtyard is located a few minute walk from Circular Quay Train Station - opposite the Overseas Passenger Service.

What to expect

Drawing upon knowledge populated from the oldest ecologists, conservationists, wildlife carers, botanists, astronomers, climatologists and marine biologists on the Earth today. Your Aboriginal guides, on this 90-minute tour, will explain how this ancient wisdom continues to reveal itself within the English settlement of The Rocks.

The experience begins with the custom of Ochre on hand - a personal acknowledgement of the Earth Mother before we talk about her landscape.

Now it's time to commence your walking tour. You will be taken to Bligh and Barney Reserve where the Dreamtime origins will be introduced to you including creation stories and the connection between Aboriginal saltwater people and seasonal food sustainability.

The next stop is Argyle Cut where you will see more natural Ochre, learn how it is used in Aboriginal ceremony and be taught the true meaning of the colours on the Aboriginal flag.

From there you will walk some higher terrain and see seasonal flora connected to Australia's Dreamtime Identity. Continue walking down to the Harbour Bridge and its significant Aboriginal site Dawes Point.

Your tour will finish with visiting some other local Aboriginal sites and learning about the Aboriginal fishing economy and lifestyle as well as the purpose of fresh and salt water meeting sites.

What is included

Scheduled departures:
Tours depart daily from 10:30am and conclude at 12:00pm.

Planning for your trip:
Guests must arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.
This is a 90minute walking tour - please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Children under 3 years of age are free of charge.

Meeting point

Cadmans Cottage - 110 George St, The Rocks. Meet in the Courtyard which is on the Sydney Harbour side, opposite the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking shoes
  • Water bottle