See ancient rock art and galleries, meet the artists, take part in a workshop to understand the meaning behind Aboriginal art and visit museums that showcase the diversity and richness of Aboriginal Australia.
Australian Museum - First Australian Gallery
Explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia’s first people by joining an interactive didgeridoo and dance performance and personalised, guided tour of the museum’s Indigenous Australians exhibition. Through authentic Indigenous voices, the Indigenous Australians exhibition illustrates the richness and diversity of Indigenous Australia and shows the impact of the past 200 years of European settlement.
Located in the heart of Sydney, the Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia and houses the largest natural science and cultural collection in the country. There are more than 18 million items on display including artefacts, boomerangs, clap sticks, dilly bags and didgeridoos.
Janbal Gallery is an Aboriginal Art Gallery owned and operated by a local Kuku Yalanji artist, Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Located in Mossman in Far North Queensland, the Gallery is a special place where you can experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling. Explore the gallery to browse and enjoy the authentic Aboriginal art and artefacts from Far North Queensland and other acclaimed Australian Aboriginal artists. Join in one of the art workshops offered daily with a choice of a one hour boomerang painting workshop or the popular two hour canvas painting workshop. Binna will tutor you in the skills required to produce your own masterpiece that you can take home with you.
Mossman Gorge Centre
Experience the pristine waterfalls, stunning mountains and vivid flora and fauna of the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide. Visit culturally significant sites, see traditional bark shelters and hear the stories of this ancient land. Share in the enchanting stories and rich heritage of this spectacular landscape whilst connecting with the lives, culture and beliefs of the local Kuku Yalanji community. Wander beneath the towering canopy of the rainforest which is beautifully framed by the imposing mountains. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear water of the Mossman River and watch it cascading over granite boulders. Tours start at the Mossman Gorge Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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