Best Aboriginal Experiences in the Northern Territory

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

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

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 pristine 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.

RT Tours Australia

Located in Central Australia, RT Tours Australia offers tours to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and surrounds. Enjoy a gourmet bush dinner tour or head out on an extended Larapinta Trek to experience sensational food, rich culture and spectacular scenery with an Aboriginal guide, who is also a fully trained Chef. Owner, Bob (Penunka) Taylor is a descendant of the Arrente people, who proudly shares gourmet bush food and Aboriginal culture with his guests. Extended tours include bushwalking, bird spotting, interpretation of Aboriginal art, sharing stories and the opportunity to benefit from his wealth of knowledge of the regions natural and cultural values.

Nourlangie, Kakadu National Park, NT

Venture North Australia

Venture North Australia offers tours departing Darwin that explore the highlights of the North. See the unique animal and marine life of the remote Cobourg Peninsula, experience the Aboriginal culture and rock art of Arnhem Land, and be awed by the majestic waterfalls inside the Kakadu National Park. Learn about the region’s Aboriginal culture as you visit the waterways and wetlands that are home to an amazing array of wildlife including crocodiles, water buffalo, banteng, wild boar, goanna, dingo and hundreds of bird species. See ancient rock paintings and gain a firsthand understanding of the history and traditions of the world’s oldest living culture.

Lord’s 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.

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours offer a two-hour interpretive tour on the lands of Limilngan and Wulna, just 45 minutes from Darwin. The bush tucker walk starts with a traditional Welcome to Country and showcases the rich local culture and amazing landscape. Join in demonstrations of traditional music and crafts such as the didjeridoo, clapsticks, basket weaving and dilly bag making. Learn about the traditional uses of local plants and chat with the local Aboriginal people over damper (bush bread) and billy tea, served straight from the fire. Special programs can be tailored to meet group requests and specific touring itineraries.

Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park, NT

Kakadu Tourism

Enjoy a Yellow Water cruise, take a 4WD adventure tour or visit the cultural centre for an Aboriginal perspective of the Kakadu World Heritage Area. Visit the waterfalls, swimming holes and escarpments of Kakadu before gaining an insight into the culture, history and the impacts of white settlement on the Bininj people through the interactive displays and exhibitions at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. You can choose to stay by a billabong at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, the gateway to Yellow Water Billabong or the deluxe Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, a 4-star Kakadu hotel uniquely shaped like a crocodile. You can even camp, caravan or stay in backpacker accommodation with Cooinda Campground.

Kakadu Cultural Tours

Djabulukgu Association – Kakadu Cultural Tours (KCT), offers unique and exclusive experiences in the Kakadu and Arnhem Land areas. Experiences include the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, Guluyambi Wet Season Cultural Cruise, Magela Creek System and One-Day Arnhemlander Cultural and Heritage Tour. Aboriginal guides provide an insight into their culture, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. Accommodation in the heart of Kakadu is provided at Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge which has twelve tented cabins with full ensuite facilities, near Ubirr.

Sunset, Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, NT

Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Located in Katherine, Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery offer an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience led by local artists. This interpretive experience includes a range of hands on activities to gain an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal art and culture. Learn how to paint using traditional techniques and keep your artwork as a souvenir, make fire with sticks, and test your skills at throwing a spear with a woomera. Located in a peaceful bush setting just minutes from the town centre, the experience captures the rich culture of the region. Hear local Aboriginal artists tell their story and showcase their traditional activities whilst learning about their local culture and way of life.

Nitmiluk Tours

Cruise, canoe, hike, walk, swim or take a scenic helicopter flight with Nitmiluk Tours. Camp or stay in a great choice of accommodation and experience the culture of the people of the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) National Park. The spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge features some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the Northern Territory, with raging waterfalls (in season), a myriad of wildlife, and simply breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country. Nitmiluk Gorge winds along 12 km of sheer rock more than 70m high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River.

Davidson's Arnhem Land Safaris, Mt Borradaile, Arnhemland, NT

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 Arnhemland 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.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia - Ayers Rock Resort

Regardless of where you stay at Ayers Rock Resort, from the sanctuary of a hotel to the open spaces of the Ayers Rock Resort Campground, you’ll experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Ride a camel across the desert dunes, hop on a Harley or take a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to name just a few options. This oasis provides a variety of accommodation options from the 5 star Sails in the Desert Hotel and the comfortable Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

Maruku Arts, Uluru, NT

Maruku Arts

As a not-for-profit art & craft organization based at Uluru, Maruku promotes the Aboriginal art space like no other. Maruku markets products from Anangu artists and craftspeople, and also offers fun and authentic art workshops led by local Anangu artists. Participants learn about traditional Aboriginal art and can create their own work of art for a keepsake.

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Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land

Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a vast unspoiled wilderness, rich in Aboriginal culture. The Yolngu people are the owners of Arnhem Land and have occupied the region for at least 60,000 years. The Yolngu retain strong cultural and spiritual links to the land and you will find authentic indigenous experiences. This is the land where Australia's famous musical instrument, the didgeridoo, originated.

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Red Centre

Red Centre

Discover Australia's Red Centre, where Alice Springs offers access to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Soak up Aboriginal culture and rugged natural beauty on classic outback journeys; drive the Red Centre Way, hike the Larapinta Trail, ride a camel in the Simpson Desert or take the Ghan train journey from Darwin or Adelaide.

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World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality. There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru and the beauty of this unique desert landscape. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime. See it from the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon. Ride across the ochre coloured desert on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or on the back of a camel.

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Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, is a group of large ancient rock formations approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia's Red Centre. Together these giant stone formations form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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