Five Australian Aboriginal Cultural Experiences

Australia’s Indigenous Peoples have a long and rich history in this country. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are the original and rightful Custodians of the land. Aboriginal Australia is one of the world’s oldest living cultures. The Aboriginal People express their culture through dance, art, music, storytelling and a connection to the land itself – known as the ‘Dreamtime’.

Today, the 26th May 2012, is National Sorry Day . A day to honour the owners of this beautiful, rugged and diverse country and commemorate and the Stolen Generation and reflect on reconciliation and justice.

To commemorate Sorry Day, here are five Aboriginal Tourism experiences in Australia to see while respecting local custom and tradition. When visiting, please make sure to lessen your impact on the natural environment as much as possible, and remember many places touted as tourist attractions are actually located on Aboriginal sacred land. Do not enter or photograph sacred sites and choose tours with consideration and respect:

  1. The Garaweed Grampians National Park
  2. – The Grampians in Victoria hold a range of activities including painting, boomerang throwing, didgeridoo lessons, native bushfood tastings and more. There is also a walking trail with over 180 rock historic art sites.

  3. Kakadu National Park – this World Heritage listed National Park has a number of Aboriginal tourism operators that offer guided tours of important natural and cultural activities such as river boating, rock art, billabongs, wetlands and native birdlife. Northern Territory’s Kakadu is just a small corner in the massive Arnhem Land region.
  4. Flinders Ranges – the gateway to the South Australian outback and an immense geological and paleontological site and of great cultural significance for the Adnyamathanha People.
  5. The Coorrong – The Coorrong in South Australia is a National Park and lagoon ecosystem, home to the Ngarrindjeri Nation. It’s coastal vegetation and dune system is home to a large variety of animal and bird species and you don’t have to go as far as South America to see vast salt plains. In the Dreamtime, Ngurunderi created the Coorong and Murray River system fishing a salt river cod (Ponde) in search of his wives in his bark canoe, which later became the Milky Way. Check out the 1977 film Storm Boy for a peek of the region.
  6. Shark Bay (‘Gadhaagudu’). Guided Aboriginal cultural walks at Shark Bay on Western Australia’s Coral Coast take visitors to Monkey Mia, discovering the ancient traditions of the Malgana and Nhanda people.  Visitors learn about local bush tucker, medicinal plants and indigenous languages. Shark bay, along with the Galapagos Islands are the only places in the world to fully meet the four natural criteria for World Heritage listing with UNESCO.
2 Responses to “Five Australian Aboriginal Cultural Experiences”
  1. mendezathena says:

    That’s very nice of you. That’s a wonderful post. Sometimes people forget to respect the Aboriginal sacred land when doing kakadu camping tours. It’s still very important to remember the people responsible for making Australia a famous country.

  2. David Malinda says:

    Natasha, this is briliant. I wish all or most people take the environment and sustainability like you. Keep on sweetie.

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