Territory and Municipal Services

Murumbung Yurung Murra Cultural Tours

Experience Ngunnawal country with an Aboriginal ranger and gain an insight into the cultural landscape of the region. Discover why Ngunnawal people and neighbouring nations have gathered here for tens of thousands of years for ceremony, marriage, seasonal foods, trade and lore. Learn how that connection is still held strong by the traditional custodians today, and view Canberra's significance as a nationally important meeting place from a different perspective.

"Welcome to Ngunnawal Country, home of my people. Come join me on a tour to discover Canberra's 25,000 years of Aboriginal heritage. I'd be honoured to share some of the stories of my ancestors with you, and show you our continuing connection to the mountains," Adrian Brown, Ngunnawal Ranger.

Tour highlights include:
  • an insight into Ngunnawal history and language
  • opportunity to learn about local plants and animals
  • hands-on activities, toolmaking and traditional use of natural resources
  • exceptional mountainous country and cultural landscape
  • appreciation of the world's oldest continuing culture.

Tour information

Gubur Dhaura twilight walk

In the Ngunnawal language, 'gubur dhaura' means 'ochre ground'. Join an Indigenous ranger on an easy walk to experience the history of the site and its connection to the pathways of the Ngunnawal people and neighbouring nations. Try your hand at mixing ochres and learn how it was used for art, trade, ceremony and to tell stories.
Next tour: TBA
Duration: 60 minutes
$20 per person

Gudgenby: Where the waters meet

Visit a significant rock art site in Namadgi National Park. Enjoy an easy 6 km walk with sweeping views of the Gudgenby Valley and surrounding mountains with an Indigenous ranger. Listen to the interpretation of the rock art and the meaning of the symbols and gain an insight into how the Ngunnawal people and neighbouring nations gathered together in the Gudgenby Valley to perform ceremony, marriage, trade and lore.
Next tour: TBA
Duration: 4 hours
$40 per person

Mullian Dreaming

Look through the Mullian's (Wedge-tailed Eagle) eyes and learn about the clan groups of Ngunnawal country and their cultural connections to neighbouring nations on the summit of Mount Ainslie. Learn the Mullian creation story and how the Ngunnawal people have journeyed to the mountains on ancient pathways to practise ceremonies for thousands of years. Listen to how these ancient stories are still being told by the Ngunnawal people and how an ancient language has been incorporated into the modern Canberra landscape.
Next tour: TBA
Duration: 60 minutes
$20 per person

Murra Bunan: Journey to the mountains

Walk in the footprints of the Ngunnawal people and neighbouring nations who gathered at the base of the Brindabella Ranges for more than 25,000 years for ceremony, marriage, seasonal food, trade and lore. Enjoy a short walk to Hanging Rock and learn about local bush tucker and native resources. Enjoy a presentation on traditional tools and artefacts at the Ribbon Gum Theatre, then try your hand at making traditional basketry, stone tools and rope from natural fibres. Soak up the bush atmosphere as you enjoy some light refreshments around the campfire and finish with a peaceful stroll around the wetlands.
Next tour: TBA
Duration: 3 hours
$30 per person

Enquiries and bookings

Phone: 02 6207 0078

Email: murra@act.gov.au

Office hours: Monday - Friday between 9 am and 4 pm

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