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Best Aboriginal experiencesin the Northern Territory

Experience the deep connection between Aboriginal people and the spectacular landscapes of the Northern Territory – a stronghold of Aboriginal culture.


 

BANUBANU WILDERNESS RETREAT

Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat, Bremer Island, Northern Territory

Banubanu is an exclusive eco-wilderness retreat on Bremer Island in North East Arnhem Land. Relax and enjoy this pristine and spectacular island hideaway. Try your hand at fishing in the abundant fishing grounds and cook up your freshly caught catch for a tasty dinner treat! Go bird watching, see the turtles or comb the beach to find hidden treasures along this pristine remote, coastline. Accommodation options include five twin share tents, which share two showers and a composting toilet. There is also the “Hideaway Cabin”, offering a fan-cooled, double bedroom set in a lush tropical setting with its own deck and ensuite and “The Beach Cabin”, another fan-cooled, double cabin with ensuite. Island packages include all meals, permit fees and accommodation. Transfers are also available at an extra cost.


Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris

Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris, Mt Borradaile, Northern Territory

Stay in an award-winning lodge at Mt Borradaile amidst world-class galleries of rock art, spectacular landscapes of open woodlands, floodplains, monsoonal rainforests, idyllic billabongs and an abundance of flora and fauna. Mt Borradaile is located in Arnhemland just 50 minutes by light plane from Darwin, and is a registered sacred site on exclusive Aboriginal land with limited access. The rock art sites tell an amazing story and include examples of the signature x-ray art and the elegant dynamic action figures. Discover a place where you can relax, soak up the ambience and be amazed by the spiritual power of landscape. Commune with the wildlife and feel a connection to the world’s oldest continuing living culture – Aboriginal Australia.


Intrepid Travel- Journey into East Arnhem Land

Intrepid Travel - Journey into East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

In the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia lies Arnhem Land. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the Yolngu people have lived for millennia. On this seven-day adventure discover this beautiful stretch of traditional land and learn about the Dhuwa and Yirritja way of life that will challenge many of us that live in western society. Experience two days of cultural activities with the Nyinyikay traditional Yolngu owners including making spears and Yidaki (Didgeridoos) for men or collecting materials and dyes for basket making. There will also be an opportunity to witness the hunting and gathering methods or, if you’re more interested in the traditional arts, your hosts also teach some traditional dances as well as bark painting, jewellery making and basket weaving. Then depart the mainland for nearby Bremer Island and feel like castaways marooned on this spectacular oasis devoid of human development and interference. Back on the mainland visit Yirrkala’s world famous Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre.

 

Kakadu Cultural Tours

Ubirr Rock, Kakadu Nation Park tour, Northern Territory

Djabulukgu Association – Kakadu Cultural Tours (KCT), offers unique and exclusive experiences in the Kakadu and Arnhem Land areas. Experiences include the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, Guluyambi Wet Season Cultural Cruise, Magela Creek System and One-Day Arnhemlander Cultural and Heritage Tour. Aboriginal guides provide an insight into their culture, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. Accommodation in the heart of Kakadu is provided at Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge which has twelve tented cabins with full ensuite facilities, near Ubirr.

 

Kakadu Tourism

Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Enjoy a Yellow Water cruise, take a 4WD adventure tour or visit the cultural centre for an Aboriginal perspective of the Kakadu World Heritage Area. Visit the waterfalls, swimming holes and escarpments of Kakadu before gaining an insight into the culture, history and the impacts of white settlement on the Bininj people through the interactive displays and exhibitions at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. You can choose to stay by a billabong at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, the gateway to Yellow Water Billabong or the deluxe Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, a 4-star Kakadu hotel uniquely shaped like a crocodile. You can even camp, caravan or stay in backpacker accommodation with Cooinda Campground. 


Longitude 131° – Ernabella Arts Tour

Longitude 131° – Ernabella Arts Tour, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

Longitude 131° offers guests the exclusive opportunity to visit the remote community of Ernabella, home to the oldest Indigenous arts centre in Australia. Engage with the residents, learn about each artist’s heritage and explore the rich and colourful culture of Indigenous Australia on a full-day private tour. Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts has been a creative heart of Indigenous Australia for decades. The normally closed community opens its doors to Longitude 131° guests to meet the talented group of artists and gain insights into the ancient techniques and stories forming the basis of their artworks. Today, the Ernabella Arts’ group continues to evolve the centre from its first incarnation as a craft room into a culturally strong, contemporary art centre. The centre produces works in a variety of mediums that often draws worldwide acclaim. Designed to offer a deeper connection to the outback this specialist tour delves into the Indigenous symbols used by the artists to depict their Tjukurpa (sacred stories of country and law). Having drawn inspiration from the techniques and practices each tour member will also have the opportunity to create their own ceramic tile to take home as a souvenir of the day.


Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris

Lord's Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, wetland cruise, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris offer private luxury touring from Darwin to Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. Explore the stunning landscapes, towering red escarpments, pristine waterfalls, billabongs and rocky outcrops of this spectacular region. Walk up Injalak Hill with an Aboriginal guide to see amazing rock art and breathtaking views. This multi award-winning, family owned and operated overland tour company provides small group tailor-made safaris with flexible itineraries for one to three days or more. All tours are led by knowledgeable and friendly guides who are experts in the abundant flora, fauna and rich cultural heritage of the region.

 

MARUKU ARTS

Maruku Arts, Mutitjulu, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

As a not-for-profit art & craft organization based at Uluru, Maruku promotes the Aboriginal art space like no other. Maruku markets products from Anangu artists and craftspeople, and also offers fun and authentic art workshops led by local Anangu artists. Participants learn about traditional Aboriginal art and can create their own work of art for a keepsake.

 

Nitmiluk Tours

Cicada lodge, Nitmiluk Tours, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

Cruise, canoe, hike, walk, swim or take a scenic helicopter flight with Nitmiluk Tours. Camp or stay in a great choice of accommodation and experience the culture of the people of the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) National Park. The spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge features some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the Northern Territory, with raging waterfalls (in season), a myriad of wildlife, and simply breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country. Nitmiluk Gorge winds along 12 km of sheer rock more than 70m high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River.

 

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Basket Coiling, Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Arnhem Lands, Northern Territory

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours offer a two-hour interpretive tour on the lands of Limilngan and Wulna, just 45 minutes from Darwin. The bush tucker walk starts with a traditional Welcome to Country and showcases the rich local culture and amazing landscape. Join in demonstrations of traditional music and crafts such as the didjeridoo, clapsticks, basket weaving and dilly bag making. Learn about the traditional uses of local plants and chat with the local Aboriginal people over damper (bush bread) and billy tea, served straight from the fire. Special programs can be tailored to meet group requests and specific touring itineraries.

 

RT Tours Australia

RT Tours Australia, Western McDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

Located in Central Australia, RT Tours Australia offers tours to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and surrounds. Enjoy a gourmet bush dinner tour or head out on an extended Larapinta Trek to experience sensational food, rich culture and spectacular scenery with an Aboriginal guide, who is also a fully trained Chef. Owner, Bob (Penunka) Taylor is a descendant of the Arrente people, who proudly shares gourmet bush food and Aboriginal culture with his guests. Extended tours include bushwalking, bird spotting, interpretation of Aboriginal art, sharing stories and the opportunity to benefit from his wealth of knowledge of the regions natural and cultural values.


SEIT Outback Australia – Cave Hill and Patji Tours

SEIT Outback Australia – Patji Tour, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

SEIT Outback Australia offers the ultimate in interpretive small group touring in the heart of Australia including unique Aboriginal touring beyond the boundaries of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Are you bold enough to wander off the beaten track? If so then join us on one of our exclusive and specialised award-winning cultural experiences. Kathy and Brett Graham have developed close and respectful partnerships with local Traditional Owners in Central Australia to offer unique experiences on Aboriginal homelands beyond the boundaries of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Tours include Cave Hill, the site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa (creation stories), possibly the most significant art site in Central Australia, and the traditional homelands of the Uluru family, including viewing sunset on a private sand dune overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Off-road adventures take you deep into the heart and history of the local Anangu (Aboriginal people). As Sammy Wilson, Traditional Owner of Uluru, says ‘Come for the Rock but discover the people’.


Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm, Larapinta Trail, West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

WERTE; the traditional Western Arrernte owners welcome you to explore Standley Chasm, one of Australia’s most striking and significant ‘women’s Dreaming’ sites, now accessible to all including wheelchairs, deep in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park only 40 minute’s drive from Alice Springs. Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye) is a vertical shaft rising 80 metres high. At noon, the overhead sun filters down into the cleft and highlights its glorious colours creating a truly spectacular sight. In traditional Arrernte culture this area was very important for the region as a special “womans’ gathering place”. To have an authentic interpretation local Aboriginal guides can be booked or enjoy the self-guided tour on a leisurely 1.2km (20mins return) walk. Local artists regularly attend onsite to produce and market their local crafts, always available in the gift shop giving an opportunity for all to enjoy cross cultural interactions. Various camping, RV and powered sites are available and the Kiosk Café operated by the community, prepares fresh lunches and barista coffees. The shady scenic walk into the Chasm is a convenient base for shorter/day walks along the Larapinta Trail.

 

Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery, Katherine, Northern Territory

Located in Katherine, Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery offer an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience led by local artists. This interpretive experience includes a range of hands on activities to gain an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal art and culture. Learn how to paint using traditional techniques and keep your artwork as a souvenir, make fire with sticks, and test your skills at throwing a spear with a woomera. Located in a peaceful bush setting just minutes from the town centre, the experience captures the rich culture of the region. Hear local Aboriginal artists tell their story and showcase their traditional activities whilst learning about their local culture and way of life.

 

Venture North Australia

Venture Forth, Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

Venture North Australia offers tours departing Darwin that explore the highlights of the North. See the unique animal and marine life of the remote Cobourg Peninsula, experience the Aboriginal culture and rock art of Arnhem Land, and be awed by the majestic waterfalls inside the Kakadu National Park. Learn about the region’s Aboriginal culture as you visit the waterways and wetlands that are home to an amazing array of wildlife including crocodiles, water buffalo, banteng, wild boar, goanna, dingo and hundreds of bird species. See ancient rock paintings and gain a firsthand understanding of the history and traditions of the world’s oldest living culture.

 

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia - Ayers Rock Resort

Bush Tucker Journey, Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory

Regardless of where you stay at Ayers Rock Resort, from the sanctuary of a hotel to the open spaces of the Ayers Rock Resort Campground, you’ll experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Ride a camel across the desert dunes, hop on a Harley or take a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to name just a few options. This oasis provides a variety of accommodation options from the 5 star Sails in the Desert Hotel and the comfortable Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

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