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Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games

Learn and experience aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Suitable for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, Yulunga can be used in schools as an educational resource and as a guide to inclusive, structured sport within communities.

What's on the game cards

The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games can be used as skill games or lead-up games in physical education lessons or in specific sport practice sessions. Each activity card provides the following information about the activity:

  • Bands of learning (F-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)
  • Background
  • Description
  • Equipment
  • Variations
  • Safety
  • Teaching tips


Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games is a selection of games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies all around Australia. It provides an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.

Indigenous games and activities have a rich history as they have been passed down through generations by Indigenous Australians. Many of the games and activities were recorded by explorers, government officials, settlers, scientists and missionaries in the nineteenth century.

The games and activities in Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games are:

  • played in their traditional forms with modern equipment
  • modified for safety, ease of use or to cater for all ages and abilities
  • reconstructed from incomplete accounts

Approval was sought from the traditional owners of the games or from a representative Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation. When the games are used as part of school or sporting program it is recommended that local elders and Indigenous groups are informed of plans and invited to participate in some way.

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