Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Stay in fabulously unique accommodation including island wilderness retreats, safari tents over looking the Indian Ocean, architecturally designed huts and a lodge located amongst 700 square kilometres (270 square miles) of wilderness.
Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness
Be part of a life shifting, unearthing traditional Aboriginal experience. Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness offers an opportunity to discover Gulaga National Park or the Bega Valley region that hold sacred significance for the Yuin Aboriginal people from the New South Wales south coast. Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon Harrison, who has nine generations of passed down cultural teachings, invites you to come walk and listen to stories passed down for thousands of generations, led by the land’s traditional custodians. Tours include basic or glamping accommodation, a welcome to Yuin country, a guided walking tour of Gulaga Mountain or a coach sightseeing tour of the Bega Valley. Traditional sacred ceremonies can range from a Whale Dreaming to a traditional healing ceremony, traditional dancing, Indigenous flavoured meals that include the sounds of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and a traditional yarning circle where you share your experience, insights, knowledge, and Dreamtime stories for the duration of the experience.
Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat
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 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
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 Arnhem Land 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
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.
Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris
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.
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Swim, snorkel, fish or just relax and enjoy this spectacular coastal wilderness camp, located 220 kilometres (137 miles) north of Broome. Stay amidst two Aboriginal communities and choose from a range of accommodation options including camping, traditional palm frond beach shelters and rustic log cabins. At the top end you can stay in stunning self-contained safari tents, raised on stilts with panoramic views across the bay. Participate in small scale cultural tours with the local Bardi community residents, go mud crabbing, fish trapping, sample bush fruits and gain an insight into bush medicine and the Aboriginal history of the area.
Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures
Neville Poelina was born and raised in the Kimberley and his knowledge and love of the region ensures you will have a unique and amazing experience. He specialises in small group tours tailored to suit personal tastes and goals. By limiting group sizes, tour itineraries can change on impulse to suit your interests along the way. Neville is a warm and friendly guide who is a specialist in bush lore, local culture, traditional medicines and bush tucker. Most tours start from his home base at Oongkalkada, midway between Broome and Derby, and cover diverse landscapes including Kimberley Gorges, the Dampier Peninsula and the Fitzroy River. Despite the remoteness of the locations visited, the tours are up-market and the meals are a gourmet treat.
Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp
The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas and is home to abundant wildlife. Remote and rugged, its landscape is spectacular with wide horizons, ancient gorges, rock art, crystal clear rock pools and pristine beaches. Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp is a great base from which to explore this incredible region and is an eco-bush retreat located at Udialla Springs, a 3000 acre Nyikina-Mangala property fronting the Fitzroy River. Fresh mineral springs surround the camp and are home to an amazing array of flora and fauna. Guests share this rare country with its traditional owners and enjoy day and extended tours from the camp.
The camp has 6 eco-tents with king beds or king split twin share and also includes a campground, campfire BBQs, ablution facilities with male and female toilets and showers, a conference building, a shady outdoor dining area with a menu that includes local produce and bush foods and beautiful clear spring waters that guests can drink and bathe in. Guests can explore this stunning region’s desert, river and coastal environments with Uptuyu Adventures who work in partnership with Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp. Day and extended touring options can include visits to Aboriginal communities and a pastoral station, traversing the last 4WD frontier, visiting ancient art galleries to view Wandjinas and Gyorn Gyorn, a bush survival adventure to learn how to live off the land, visiting the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) and awesome fishing opportunities.
Wilpena Pound Resort
The extraordinary 800 million-year-old natural amphitheatre situated in the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is known as Wilpena Pound and it’s the traditional homeland of the Adnyamathanha people (Yura). The Yura people own and operate Wilpena Pound Resort located 430 kilometres (267 miles) north of South Australia’s capital, Adelaide. The resort serves as the only accommodation within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and includes hotel rooms, ‘glamping’ safari tents, campsites and scenic sights that provide breathtaking views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding national park. As one of only a few Aboriginal owned and operated resorts, the hallmark feature of the resort is its Aboriginal cultural experiences. Visitors to Wilpena Pound Resort can set off on a journey with the Adnyamathanha people to uncover the rich history and mystique of ancient and contemporary Aboriginal culture. With 50,000 years worth of experience on hand, Yura will provide unrivalled insight into their land that is one of Australia’s natural wonders. From the ancient and rugged beauty of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to the brilliant sunsets over the vast landscape, the Adnyamathanha people will connect you to over 100 million years of tradition, culture and this unforgettable land.
wukalina Walk isn’t just another guided hike – it’s a spiritual journey into palawa (local Aboriginal culture). This fabulous 3 night, 4 day fully accommodated Aboriginal guided coastal walk is based around the dramatic natural landscape of the larapuna (Bay of Fires) and wukalina (Mt William) areas in North East Tasmania, the cultural homeland of the palawa and includes innovative and world class accommodation, food and interpretation. palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years so their culture and heritage is distinctively different from Australia’s mainland Aboriginal cultures both in traditional times and since European occupation. larapuna is located on the far north East Coast of Tasmania and stretches all the way out over the muka (the sea) to tayaritja (the Furneaux Islands). The walk traverses national park and reserve landscapes across larapuna. The structure of the walk is along the same lines as more established walks such as the Bay of Fires Walk, the Freycinet Experience Walk and the Maria Island Walk. Guests spend two nights of absolute comfort in bespoke palawa inspired domed huts and one night in the meticulously renovated Lighthouse Keepers Cottage at larapuna. Meet elders, hear palawa creation stories and take part in cultural practices that have been passed down over thousands of years. Two guides lead a maximum of 10 guests.
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