Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel, Cairns, QLD © Tourism Australia

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel, Cairns, QLD © Archie Sartracom, Tourism Australia

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel, Cairns, Queensland

Narlijia Experiences Broome, WA © Narlijia Experiences Broome

"Dreamtime stories link up to the sky, the land, the country, the animals, the people and totems. That’s how and why we are so strongly connected to the land because it goes right back to an ancestral time. The Dreamtime and the Dreaming stories keep us knowing and having that powerful respect for the land."

Walkabout Cultural Adventures, QLD © Tourism Australia

"There is no such thing as time. Time is something that we’ve made up for our life, for industry, for being on time for work. Ngujakura is our preferred term for creation, the beginning, when everything came to be. Once we were created [these] stories were passed on to where we are now… They give us everything."

Maruku Arts, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, NT © Tourism Australia

Maruku Arts, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

Warwick Thornton, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT © Tourism Australia

"We're an awesome country, and we have an awesome story to tell. Technology just keeps changing, but the concept of storytelling doesn't."

Maruku Arts, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, NT Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Maruku Arts, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

Rock Art Tours, Cooktown, QLD Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Rock Art Tours, Cooktown, Queensland

Dance Rites, Muggera Dancers, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW © Prudence Upton

Dance Rites, Muggera Dancers, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales

Bennelong Bangarra, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW © Daniel Boud

Bennelong Bangarra, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales

Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism, Bawaka Homelands, NT Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism, Bawaka Homelands, Northern Territory