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Experiencing Aboriginal Culture in New South Wales

The Ngunnawal people were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Canberra and the A.C.T., and the name Canberra comes from the Ngunnawal word "Kambera." In NSW the Cammeraygal, Eora, Kamilaroi, Tharawal, Wiradjuri, and Wonnarua peoples were some of the original inhabitants, each grouping speaking a different language and practicing a culture that stretched back thousands of years.

Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre near Penrith, an hour's drive from Sydney, tells the story of the Dharug people. You can try bush tucker and boomerang throwing, or learn about the native plants used for medicine and food. (89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd., Castlereagh, NSW2749 02/4729-2377

Updated: 07-2013

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