Burramatta NAIDOC 2017

Naidoc Burramatta 2017

Celebrate over 50,000 years of culture at Burramatta NAIDOC

NAIDOC Burramatta 2017 aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water.

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.


Immerse yourself in a family-friendly cultural experience!

Celebrations will commence at 1pm with a dance and a Welcome to Country. We'll wrap up the day with a gorgeous fireworks finale at the river at 6.45pm!

View full event program here


Enjoy live performances with special guests and a special opening and closing ceremony on the main stage. The Stage Program is Auslan Interpreted.

1pm Opening ceremony and Welcome to Country
1.45pm Uncle Vic Simms - nationally and internationally renowned singer and songwriter, performing for more than 60 years
2.30pm Wagana Aboriginal Youth Dancers - internationally renowned dance group performing contemporary and traditional dance
2.45pm History and cultural talk  
3pm The Hand/Simms Family - contemporary and traditional family-style song and dance + didgeridoo
3.15pm Krista Pav & The Social Fabric - unique local band with a distinctive, soulful sound
4.10pm Aunty Cindy’s Mob - Torres Strait Islander dance performance
4.20pm Local schools performance - captivating Dharug language song
4.25pm The Hand/Simms Family
4.45pm  Green Hand Band - soulful band with blues and reggae roots
5.35pm Benny Walker - award-winning Indigenous singer/songwriter, singing love songs and epic tales about people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul
6.35pm   Closing ceremony
6.45pm Fireworks spectacular show - music produced by Steven Ross Junior AKA Crusade

Catch Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker as he takes over the main stage with love songs and epic tales about the land, people, summer vibes and deep grooves.  His recent hits SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts, the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards!

Benny Walker Cindy Power

Photograph by: Cindy Power


People can browse the popular Blak Markets showcasing Indigenous arts, crafts, skincare products and bushfoods.  There will also be a free barbecue and fare + bush tucker!


  • Aboriginal astronomy. Join Marcus Hughes from Sydney Observatory for sunspoting and stargazing.
  • Sound bath. Immerse yourself in a Darug chants and feel the vibration that has been here for 10’s of thousands of years
  • History tent. Discover Parramatta’s Aboriginal history and culture with the Parramatta Heritage Centre, Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project and National Trust
  • Be part of the healing tents run by Aboriginal healers
  • Gunya storytelling. Children will love sitting in the handmade Gunya tents and hear stories by Darug elders.
  • Browse the Blak Markets' stalls for the best in Aboriginal art, design and craft 
  • Local market stalls. Including handmade Aboriginal art and craft by the local Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation women’s group.
  • Roaming entertainment by Treasures, an inspirational dance based on the life of the male Satin Bowerbird and caring for Country.
  • Indigenous games. Participate in traditional Darug games.
  • Free heritage tours. The Old Government House, Parramatta Park will host free tours of the house. Sponsored by the National Trust
  • Free bike hire and Indigenous heritage tours from the River to Parramatta Park. Book online -
    Ride times: 1.15pm and 3.15pm

Workshops and activities - 1pm to 5pm

Children of all ages can try their hand at Indigenous games, get creative with native flower arranging, weaving, jewellery and tool making, and take on traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.

  • Ochre face painting
  • Jewellery making workshop
  • Weaving workshop
  • Tool making and story telling
  • Mud totem workshop
  • Bush craft
  • Flower arranging workshop
  • Indigenous games – Koori play
  • Language workshop


Enjoy free bike hire and guided bike tours along the Parramatta River thanks to Addventageous and Parramatta Heritage Rides. Bookings essential via

Session times: 1:15pm and 3:15pm


Free shuttle and community bus available!

Burramatta NAIDOC celebrations are a short 10 minute walk from Parramatta Interchange. A free shuttle bus is available from Parramatta train station to the event every 10 minutes. View full details here

walking map

For transport and timetable information call Transport Info on 131 500 or visit

Free community transport is also available. Seats are limited so bookings are essential. Call 0477 368 804 or email to make a booking. View free community bus timetable here.

community bus timetable 2
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Accessible onsite parking is available. Registrations are essential. Contact Rita Mokdassi on 02 9806 5605 or email to make a booking.

Naidoc MAp

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Accessible paths and entry points

Accessible points leading to each section of the site can be located on the event map above.


The stage program is Auslan interpreted with an accessible viewing area located in front of the stage.

Accessible parking

Accessible onsite parking is available. Registrations are essential. Contact Rita Mokdassi on 02 9806 5605 or email to make a booking.

Accessible toilet

Accessible toilets are available onsite. Please refer to event map.

Road closures

George Khattar Lane and Leadbeater Car Park will also be closed for the event from 5am – 10pm on Saturday 8 July 2017. Parking along George Khattar Lane and under Barry Wilde Bridge will also be closed from Friday 7 July, 5pm – Saturday 8 July, 10pm.


No cycling will be permitted between Barry Wilde Bridge and Elizabeth Street Foot Bridge on Saturday 8 July from 8am - 10pm. Cyclists may walk their bicycles through this area.


Workshops at City of Parramatta Libraries
3-6 July
Create artwork for the special Gunyas (Aboriginal tents) which will be featured at Burramatta NAIDOC on 8 July.
Bookings essential. View workshop dates and times here 

Bran Nue Dae,
Saturday 8 July, 7:30pm

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Catch a free screening of this Australian music-driven hit starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, and centred on the romantic adventures of a young Aboriginal couple set against the beautiful Australian landscape. Bookings essential. View further details here.

Visitor InformationVisitor Information

Event start:
8th Jul 2017 1:00pm
Event end:
8th Jul 2017 7:00pm
Host Venue: Parramatta River, near Barry Wilde Bridge
Parramatta River, near Barry Wilde Bridge
Cost: Free
Disabled access: Yes
Brought to you by:
City of Parramatta


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