New and old in Federation Square
Head back to the fig tree and grab a 96 tram into the city. Hop off at Bourke St/Swanston St and walk south, returning to Federation Square. Here you’ll find The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. The home of Australian art, this gallery houses an incredible collection of Indigenous art from as far back as 1898 through to the current day, and often has exhibitions celebrating artists such as Albert Namatjira and Emily Kam Kngwarray.
Alternatively, make a stop in at Koorie Heritage Trust – one of the largest collections of Koorie art and artefacts on permanent display with almost 4000 items including boomerangs, shields, spear throwers, clubs, canoes, baskets, eel traps, possum-skin cloaks – even carved emu eggs. You can also get hands-on with a basket-weaving or mobile-making workshop.
Extra time? Come back on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 1pm for the Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk. You'll join an experienced Koorie guide on a walk to learn how this land has changed over time. You'll learn about the significance of the Birrarung Wilam to the local Kulin peoples, and gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the trail you've walked. It's a great way to see this beautiful city from a new perspective.