Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Fish, search for mud crabs, snorkel, kayak and swim in beautiful beaches, gorges and waterways.
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.
Sand Dune Adventures
Located in Port Stephens, near Newcastle (a 2.5 hour drive north of Sydney), Sand Dune Adventures offer adventurous quad bike tours with a chance to experience Aboriginal culture as part of the adventure! Dig for fresh water and see one of the many Aboriginal Midden sites on the beach. Experience the magnificence of the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach, riding from bush to beach with expert Aboriginal guides. Take in the wonders of the highest coastal sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, and the glorious views of the sweeping coastline whilst learning about the Aboriginal history of the land.
Experience the sacred values and time-honoured ancestral knowledge of the Jirrbal Rainforest Aboriginal people on a walking or kayaking tour through awe-inspiring rainforest in the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. Elder, Ernie Grant and his family offer a five-hour walk through the pristine rainforest following along crystal clear creeks to the beautiful Echo Creek Falls. The kayak tour is a great way to experience the Cassowary Coast Region as you paddle your way down the beautifully created creek tunnels. Jirrbal guides offer interpretative information on the flora and fauna giving an understanding of how the rainforest sustains life.
Walkabout Cultural Adventures
Visit the Daintree Rainforest to enjoy the lush scenery and abundant wildlife, try your hand at throwing spears and enjoy a taste of bush tucker. Owner and guide, Juan Walker is a young Kuku Yalanji man from the Daintree Mossman area. He will take you to the secret spots others don’t get to see, and share his local bush knowledge and Aboriginal history. He will give you a wonderful insight into the marine life along the spectacular coastline of the Port Douglas area and show you the waterfalls and hidden swimming spots inside the rainforest. By keeping groups small, all participants enjoy a personalised experience. Juan can also tailor longer trips to suit specific interests.
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.
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.
Enjoy a mesmerising didgeridoo performance inside the spectacular Ngilgi Cave with Josh Whiteland - a talented musician who shares a fascinating insight into the caves, local culture and Dreamtime stories of the Margaret River region. Josh is a friendly and engaging Aboriginal guide who leads fascinating bush walks to show the local plants that are used for traditional medicines and provides the opportunity to taste bush tucker. He demonstrates traditional fire lighting and the ancient art of tool making, whilst discussing the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of the local people and their ancestors. He is a passionate cook with a wealth of knowledge about foraging and food sustainability, creating delicious seasonal meals with local produce.
Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures
Wula Guda Nyinda offer kayak, snorkel, 4WD and bushwalking adventures throughout the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, on Australia's Coral Coast. Explore the crystal clear waters teaming with marine life by kayak, go for a guided bush walk, or just relax by the campfire and absorb the mesmerising sounds of the ‘Dusk Dreaming’ didgeridoo. Enjoy local fish cooked on the coals as owner and guide Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell enthrals you with his charismatic and passionate approach to sharing his beautiful part of the country and culture. He has a deep respect for his land and culture, and shares a unique insight into contemporary Aboriginal life and his traditional knowledge.
Poornarti Aboriginal Tours
The South West of Western Australia is the country of the Noongar people. Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, currently the only Aboriginal tour operator in the region, will bring the country of the Noongar people to life for you through deeply immersive, intimate and interactive experiences and activities. Poornarti Aboriginal Tours has sprung from the passion of Aboriginal Elder and Law man Joey Williams and his drive to share his Noongar culture and knowledge. Joey learned the ways of his people by spending time with his father and listening to his stories and Joey’s mother Joan passed on her intimate knowledge of bush tucker and medicine. Through instruction from his renowned Noongar artist Auntie Bella Kelly, Joey himself has become talented in this field and has won numerous art awards. Joey has also mastered the ancient technique of vibrational healing passed onto him through his ancestral lineage. Listening to the old songs of country has also inspired Joey to write and sing his own traditional Noongar music and songs.
Poornarti Aboriginal Tours invites you to reconnect to the essence of country and yourself, to travel and camp with them and learn of the ancient culture of this land. Listen to stories of Dreamtime and culture, step upon the Earth and dance, embrace the elements, yarn by the fire, taste the tucker, sense the wind, the water, the heat and the smoke, feel the power of ceremony, and learn of Noongar ways of life, spirit and art.
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.
Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative
Located at the heart of the spectacular Great Ocean Road region near Warrnambool, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside the crater of a dormant volcano. It is a site of great ecological and geological significance and has a plethora of wildlife to discover. Worn Gundidj offer guided tours every day at 11am and 1pm (or other times on request) where you will learn about Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal history of Tower Hill and surrounds. Whilst out at Tower Hill, make time to enjoy a stroll along the walking tracks, see the views from the awesome lookouts, and visit the Natural History Centre for a broader insight into this fascinating area.
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