Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninsula, WA © Tourism Australia

Understanding Aboriginal cultures

Dr Aden Ridgeway head shot

"Aboriginal culture starts with its people. Aboriginal guides open a door into a world that many people don’t know still exists. A world where past, present and future meet. There’s nothing more exciting for a traveller than a totally new experience. That’s what memories are made of."

- Dr Aden Ridgeway, Gumbaynggirr man and former chair of Indigenous Tourism Australia

Sealink, Tiwi by Design, Tiwi Islands, NT © Tourism Australia

Sealink, Tiwi by Design, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

Kakadu Cultural Tours, Kakadu National Park, NT © Tourism Australia

Kakadu Cultural Tours, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

Aboriginal Australia Welcome Film - Lirrwi Tourism, Spear Fishing at Lonely Island, Bawaka Homelands, NT © Tourism Australia

"This land is sacred. It can feel you when you walk through it. All living things can feel you. There was a time when the ancestors walked through the land and Aboriginal people still feel the ancestors watching them. Knowledge is given from the ancestors to the Aboriginal people through their DNA and the same DNA still exists with Aboriginal people right across Australia."

- Timmy ‘Djawa’ Burarrwanga from Bawaka Homeland, East Arnhemland

Adventure North Australia - Daintree Dreaming Tour, Daintree Rainforest, QLD © Tourism Australia

Adventure North Australia - Daintree Dreaming Tour, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp, Udialla Springs, WA © James Fisher, Tourism Australia

Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp, Udialla Springs, Western Australia © James Fisher, Tourism Australia

AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia © Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2017

AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia* © Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2017

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, South Coast, NSW © Archie Sartracom, Tourism Australia

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, South Coast, New South Wales © Archie Sartracom, Tourism Australia