John Curtin Reserve, Dodson Crescent (corner Huxley Drive)
John Curtin Reserve


Visitor Services City of Parramatta
8839 3311
Registrations Essential

Parramatta is part of the traditional lands of the Aboriginal people of the Darug nation – indeed the city’s name derives from the Darug word “Burramatta”, which translates roughly to mean “the place of the eels.”  Many Aboriginal people still call Parramatta home.

This engaging and relaxed activity provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about Parramatta’s first people and their living culture.  Participants will have an opportunity to handle traditional tools and weapons, and to discover their uses.  Hands-on activities may include using stringy-bark fibre to make string; ochre painting and jewellery making.

Weapon Display, String Making & Ochre Painting

Weapon Display, String Making & Ochre Painting

You will take part in a learning circle, where Darug presenter, Uncle Lex Dadd, will tell traditional stories and sing in language.  You may even pick up a few local words yourself!

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about traditional culture, the impacts of colonisation and contemporary Aboriginal culture in an informal bush setting.

The activity will conclude with a short bushwalk to look at bush tucker and other traditional uses for local plants.

Bookings are essential for this popular program, which is suitable for adults, children and families.  Children must be accompanied by a carer.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, water and a snack.