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Growing Kiwi Interest in Indigenous Australia

Growing Kiwi Interest in Indigenous Australia

Kiwi’s are increasingly looking for Aboriginal dance, art and culture experiences as they plan holidays across the Tasman, according to Tourism Australia.

Vito Anzelmi, Tourism Australia’s Regional Manager for New Zealand, states that according to latest tourism figures, there has been a 31 per cent increase in New Zealand visitors experiencing Australian indigenous tourism activities.

“This trend reflects a growing interest in the unique history of Aboriginal culture, which dates back over 40,000 years."

“Kiwi travellers typically seek unusual experiences, and in 2005 over 65,000 Kiwi tourists visited, or took part in, an Aboriginal experience. Many tourists want to learn more about “Dreamtime”, a part of Aborigine culture which explains the origins and beliefs of the land and its people,” he says.

Research from Tourism Australia shows that 90 per cent of those who did not partake in an Aboriginal experience indicated that in future trips they would be interested in the interpretation of the local environment, explanation of local tribes and how they live.

“All of Australia’s states and territories can offer tourists an indigenous experience with unique local stories, no matter which city they fly in to,” says Mr Anzelmi.

An increasingly popular way to experience and learn about the Aborigine culture is through a tour, including Tiwi Island Art Tours, in the Northern Territory, and the Blue Mountain Walkabout Tour, a one hour drive from Sydney, New South Wales.

“These tours focus on providing an authentic Aboriginal experience and use Aboriginal tour guides to give visitors first-hand insight into the day-to-day life of an ancient culture,” says Mr Anzelmi.

And, while Uluru (Ayers Rock), in Australia’s Red Centre, is probably the most recognised Aboriginal site of interest, there are also many more located close to the main cities.

Aboriginal attractions that are proving popular among visitors to Australian cities include the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre at the Melbourne Museum, the Bangarra Dance Theatre, located at The Wharf in Sydney, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns or the National Cultural Institute, Tandanya, in Adelaide.

“Whether looking for a family-friendly experience or an adventure, Aboriginal culture provides a multitude of unique experiences that give visitors the ability to immerse themselves in a truly amazing culture,” says Mr Anzelmi.

Anyone interested in experiencing Australia’s unique Aboriginal culture can go to http://www.australia.comor visit their local Aussie Specialist Premier Agent.


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