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When you think of where you live, what comes to mind first? Is it your suburb? Your state? Something bigger – Australia maybe? Before the states and territories of today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people divided up our continent with different lines.

This Australia Day, why not reflect on our incredible 65,000+ year heritage and explore the indigenous nations around your area.

Use the incredible AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia below to find out which country you’re on. (If you’re on mobile, use 2 fingers to move around the map!)

AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia – click to enlarge


This map attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from the eighteenth century-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims. David R Horton (creator), © AIATSIS, 1996. No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version visit:

Find out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history by visiting the AIATSIS website!

Want to discover more this Australia Day?