What is the Dreaming?

The Dreaming for Australian Indigenous people (sometimes referred to as the Dreamtime) is when the Ancestral Beings moved across the land and created life and significant geographic features.

Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations. Through song, dance, painting and storytelling which express the dreaming stories, Aborigines have maintained a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today, creating a rich cultural heritage.

The Dreaming has different meanings for different Aboriginal groups. The Dreaming can be seen as an embodiment of Creation, which gives meaning to everything. It establishes the rules governing relationships between the people, the land and all things for Aboriginal people.

Awabakal Dreaming Stories

The Kangaroo That Lives Inside Nobbies
How Coal Was Made
The Petrified Women of Swansea Heads
Tiddalik the Frog

When the Moon Cried

The Legend of the Lizard


The Lizard Rock