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


Dreamtime Southern X

Dreamtime SouthernX Pty Ltd is privately owned by Aboriginal People. ASIC registered it is providing Aboriginal Dreamtime cultural services in tourism - training and education to the tourism, public and private education and corporate markets. The business in its current form has been registered since 2007. The current management has operated in the cultural tourism industry for last 21 years, and the NSW Public education services industry certified as a Teacher and Trainer since 1979.

The company's shareholders have worked tirelessly over the past 50 years supporting their own and extended family's, and as representative of their native homeland nations of Dunghutti-Jerrinjha, also advocated for and provided training, employment and economic development opportunities for Aboriginal people wherever possible and continue this commitment through their current business endeavours today.

What We Sell
Dreamtime SouthernX Pty Ltd offers a suite of tailored products and services for education and tourism markets, that are grounded in Aboriginal culture experiences of being greeted-welcomed to country, walking or travelling over ancient Aboriginal pathways tracing the ever-present DREAMTIME of Sydney - delivered via a series of outdoor learning in continuity with nature/seasons, walking or travelling by bus or with a basic welcome to country.

We operate our business in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Sydney. It also has the added advantage of being a part of the most ancient human culture on Earth: the Aboriginal Peoples Dreamtime. This cultural advantage in the visitor market is currently vastly untapped and under-utilized.

Summary of products and services are grounded in cultural purpose and meaning of one of Sydney’s Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art - Cultural Meaning In Land Based Learning Experiences.

Aunty Margret Campbell
Born at sunset on the bend along the Macleay River and raised at Burnt Bridge in Dunghutti Country, “Muughi” (meaning Margret) was born into a family of 8 siblings, 4 brothers & 4 sisters. Margret started her career in the education industry. She spent 6 years as a qualified teacher. She taught Aboriginal Culture at the Sydney College of Advanced Education on Sydney’s University Campus and translated her cultural knowledge into school curriculums with the AECG. Margret travelled the globe with spiritual visionary Ted Thomas, visiting Spain, France and Japan to attend a Global Indigenous Scientific Gathering aligning modern medicine with the cultural knowledge of indigenous healing. In 1993 Margret began her Cultural Tourism Business, Sydney Aboriginal Dreaming which in 2012 she renamed Dreamtime Southern X.

Each of Margret’s Dreamtime Southern X products and tours are informed by her passionate desire to share her Dreamtime legacy and her understanding of our individual and collective need to walk country with respect, honoring Mother Earth’s annual and seasonal curriculumm of Sun and Moon cycles, Emu Star Women’s Dreaming, Kangaroo Star Men’s Dreaming, Whale Dreaming, Women’s Business and Dreamtime Totem and Kinship Lores.

Margret’s reputation across Aboriginal communities and the global Tourism market for her unparalleled ‘The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour’ has led to her being recognized as a Tourism Champion by Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, Indigenous Business Council, and endorsed by Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Supply Nation, Indigenous Business Chamber of Commerce, and the former Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir.

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