Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness, Jervis Bay, New South Wales
View Australia’s distinctive landscapes through different eyes, helping you gain a deeper appreciation of the unspoiled country and its unique wildlife – and enjoy great fishing!
Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout
Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout offers an inspiring and educational journey into the Dreamtime just a one hour drive from Sydney. The six hour tour includes two hours of walking with a chance to spend time exploring ancient art sites and artefacts, learn about bush medicine, taste bush tucker, see wildlife and stunning scenery and connect with the Dreamtime through story, art, ritual and dance. In summer, you can paddle under a waterfall in a clear water billabong. In winter, you’ll enjoy lunch in a sunny sandstone cave by a warm, crackling log fire. You’ll also receive a poetic, artistic and written presentation of cultural wisdom to take home.
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.
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.
Rainforestation Nature Park - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
Situated in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest in Kuranda, Rainforestation has three unique experiences: Army Duck Rainforest tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience featuring dance performances and Dreamtime Walk with boomerang throwing, spear throwing and didgeridoo playing, and iconic Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park.
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 kilometres (7.4 miles) of sheer rock more than 70 metres (230 feet) high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River.
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.
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.
Venture North Safaris
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.
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Swim, snorkel, fish or just relax and enjoy this spectacular coastal wilderness camp, located 220 kilometres 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 cave, local culture and Dreamtime stories. Josh is a friendly and engaging Aboriginal guide who will 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.
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.
Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures
Wula Gura Nyinda offer kayak, snorkel, 4WD and bushwalking adventures throughout the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. 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.
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 430km 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 and 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.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Enjoy an authentic Aboriginal experience in the Royal Botanic Gardens, just minutes from the centre of Melbourne. The Botanic Gardens occupy what was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people. Local Aboriginal guides will take you on a journey which incorporates the themes of spirit, connection and land. Hear about the stories and culture of the original inhabitants, learn about the plant lore of traditional foods and medicine, and find out about tools and ceremony. Group and individual packages combining an Aboriginal food experience with a walk in the Gardens are offered, as well as a range of educational programs.
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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