Aboriginal Australia

Darwin Festival, NT. © Tourism NT

Aboriginal Australia

Immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal experiences, places and journeys.

Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. Get a snapshot of the diverse experiences on offer when you immerse yourself in Aboriginal Australia. 

Discover places steeped in Aboriginal history in the Northern Territory. Visit Australia’s Red Centre and walk around the base of Uluṟu with an Aṉangu guide. Browse Aboriginal art in Alice Springs, where the Arrernte people have lived for 20,000 years. Learn about Dreamtime myths in the intricate rock art galleries of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

Find the journeys which bring you closer to the world’s oldest culture. Drive the Red Centre Way to sacred sites such as Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa and Kings Canyon. Follow the South Australian Loop through the Flinders Ranges, where you can hear Adnyamathanha creation stories over the campfire. Drive the Savannah Way to Aboriginal rock art sites across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Find out how you can connect with the world’s oldest living culture.
Discover it the same way Aboriginal Australians have passed it down for at least 50,000 years - through art, dance, myths, music and the land itself. See Aboriginal art and contemporary dance in the cities. Or head to the outback and listen to Dreamtime myths of creation by the campfire. Bushwalk and snorkel, share bush-tucker or learn to craft spears and catch fish in the traditional way. Let Aboriginal Australians help you understand this ancient land and its spirituality and wonder.

You can lose and find yourself in the Northern Territory, a place rich in Aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty. Immerse yourself in Darwin’s melting pot of cuisines and cultures and explore the rainforest and Aboriginal rock art of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Stay in the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, then visit the iconic wonders of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa and Kings Canyon. Cruise down vast Katherine Gorge and pan for gold at Tennant Creek. The Northern Territory also offers a huge array of wildlife, colourful outback characters and landscapes for outdoor adventure.

You probably know about the red monolith in Australia’s centre.  You may know it’s sacred to the Aboriginal people here, and that it turns some spectacular colours at sunrise and sunset. You might not know that you can experience it through Aboriginal eyes, or that there are many other sacred and breathtaking sites here in Australia’s vast centre.  Uluṟu’s cousin Kata Tjuṯa is just 40 kilometres away and you’ll find the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon not far from Alice Springs. You might not realise that this landscape has green vegetation and lush waterholes as well as dusty red roads and huge slabs of rock.  And what you won’t really understand until you get here is the magic, majesty, silence and splendid isolation of Australia’s Red Centre.

Come and explore World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, around three hours east of Darwin.
Here in Australia’s biggest national park, you’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 50,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people. Witness millions of migratory birds amongst the wetlands. See delicate waterlilies and prehistoric crocodiles, thundering waterfalls and sparkling waterholes. Experience Kakadu’s magic in six dramatically different seasons. Kakadu is a tapestry of treasures waiting to be explored.

Start your outback adventure in Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Sail over the spinifex plains in a hot air balloon or bike ride to Simpsons Gap. Join a safari of quad bikes across the desert or fly over the MacDonnell Ranges. Peer into the traditions of the Aboriginal Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years and browse contemporary Aboriginal art along Todd Mall.  Connect to stories of Afghan cameleers, flying doctors and plucky pioneers in the many heritage sites around the town.  This rollicking, modern town is also a day trip from the iconic attractions of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa and Kings Canyon.

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

New South Wales is home to a range of fascinating urban cultural experiences that offer an insight into the Aboriginal significance and history of many iconic Sydney landmarks.

Western Australia offers unique opportunities to explore spectacular landscapes on foot, by kayak or overland, with vibrant and fascinating Aboriginal guides.

See the Flinders Ranges and other spectacular landforms through the eyes of an Aboriginal guide. Hear the creation stories to enrich your understanding of the landscape.

Enjoy an Aboriginal perspective of some of Victoria’s natural highlights including the Grampians, Great Ocean Road and the Botanic Gardens

Catch and taste seafood, explore the lush rainforests and paddle the spectacular waterways with an Aboriginal guide to immerse yourself in Queensland’s natural and cultural assets.

Aboriginal Australia Location Map