10 new ways to explore Aboriginal Australia

With over 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture weaved into its rich and diverse history, there are many ways to explore Australia’s ancient lands. There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in Australia’s Indigenous culture, thanks to this list of 10 new Aboriginal experiences. 10 new ways to explore Aboriginal Australia
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10 new ways to explore Aboriginal Australia

Experience Aboriginal Australia like never before with a new range of food tours, cultural events and performances.    

With over 50,000 years of Aboriginal culture weaved into its rich and diverse history, there are many ways to explore Australia’s ancient lands. There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal culture, thanks to this list of 10 new Aboriginal experiences. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns, Queensland

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has reopened its doors with a fresh AUD$13 million upgrade including a new range of productions and tour packages, two new cultural theatres, an art gallery and restaurants. A highlight includes the interactive story of the Djabugay people, performed in a new theatre with 360-degree screens. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Cairns, QLD

Corroboree Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

Based in scenic locations along Sydney Harbour, Corroboree Sydney is Australia’s latest major Indigenous festival. The ten-day festival is held in November and will attract leading Indigenous artists, writers, dancers and musicians who will showcase their creativity and share their stories. 

Corroboree Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Ultimate Tiwi Islands Tour, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory

Through Sealink, the Northern Territory’s Tiwi Islands have opened the door to their beautiful “island of smiles” with the Ultimate Tiwi Islands Tour. Staying in a coastal wilderness lodge, guests enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony, learn more about Tiwi art, join a sunset turtle discovery tour and take a scenic flight to Melville Island. 

Bathurst Island Lodge, Bathurst Island, NT

Gumbaynggirr Dreaming, Coffs Coast, New South Wales

Galnyamba Friday Creek Retreat on New South Wales’ Coffs Coast is the setting for a new cultural program called Gumbaynggirr Dreaming. Interact with the local Gumbaynggirr Elders as they share their stories of sacred locations and rituals, visit sites of significant importance to local legend and reconnect with the land.

Gumbaynggirr Dreaming, Galnyamba Friday Creek Retreat, NSW

Barunga Festival, Northern Territory

Join the locals of the Katherine region in the Northern Territory as they celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Barunga Festival. From 5 - 7 June 2015, festival goers will have an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal culture through a program full of music, sport, culture, art, dance, circus, kid’s activities, workshops and healthy food.

Barunga Festival, Barunga, NT

Urban Koorie Tour, Melbourne, Victoria

A new Urban Koorie Tour in and around Melbourne’s Federation Square reveals how drastically the city’s landscape has changed since European settlement. Learn the significance of the Yarra River to local Aboriginal people, as well as the historical and contemporary importance of Federation Square as a meeting place through the ages.

Urban Koorie Tour, Melbourne, VIC

Chef’s Table, Cicada Lodge, Northern Territory

The Chef’s Table is a popular new addition to Cicada Lodge in Katherine, Northern Territory. The menu has its own local Nitmiluk flavor including local spices such as river mint, Kakadu plum, pepper berries and lemon myrtle. It also features other local delicacies such as crocodile tails cooked on paperbark - a traditional cooking method the chef has recreated. 

Cicada Lodge, Katherine, NT

Bush Tucker Trail, Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory

Ayers Rock Resort has infused Indigenous flavours across all of their restaurants with a new Bush Tucker Trail. Try kangaroo and emu or the grilled crocodile tail with spinach salad, lemon myrtle and mango dressing. For drinks, pair these with the resident mixologist’s quandong capriocsa or native mint and desert lime mojito.

Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, NT

Bunjilaka First Peoples Exhibition, Melbourne Museum, Victoria

Find out more about Aboriginal people in Victoria at Bunjilaka’s First Peoples exhibition. The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Victorian Aboriginal history and culture, from creation to the present day, with stories of ceremony, customs, law and resilience, before and after the arrival of Europeans.


Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, VIC

Crossing Country - Yolŋu Dhukarr Tour, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Set off on a ‘Crossing Country - Yolŋu Dhukarr Tour’ with Lirrwi Tourism in East Arnhem Land. This six-night, seven-day experience visits three different remote Yolŋu homelands. Guests can experience a variety of cultural programs and activities in each homeland, crossing a diverse range of incredible landscapes.


Yolŋu Dhukkar, Bawaka, NT

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