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Authentic Aboriginal Experiences On The Increase


Authentic Aboriginal Experiences On The Increase

Aboriginal experiences provide a unique glimpse into Australia’s rich cultural history and below are five encounters suggested by Tourism Australia for Kiwis planning their next trip across the Tasman.

“Kiwis are increasingly looking for Aboriginal tours, art and performances to sample a culture that dates back 40,000 years,” says Vito Anzelmi, Tourism Australia’s Regional Manager for New Zealand.

Latest figures show that there has been a 31 per cent increase in New Zealand visitors experiencing indigenous tourism activities. Of all international visitors to Australia, 90 per cent who did not partake in an indigenous experience indicated that they would like to do so when they return.

“All of Australia’s states and territories offer unique indigenous experiences which cater for every type of traveller, especially New Zealanders who usually seek more unusual cultural experiences,” Vito says.

Australia has over 300 authentic and inspiring Aboriginal experiences. Here are five to get you started:

1. Tandanya Cultural Institute, South Australia
The Tandanya Cultural Institute in Adelaide, presents traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art and performances to encourage a deeper understanding of the culture’s history. Visitors can meet indigenous Aborigines, sample traditional bush tucker, take in daily dance and didgeridoo performances, and walk through the diverse exhibitions in the art galleries. Visit www.tandanya.com.au

2. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, Western Australia
This award-winning Aborigine-owned wilderness camp is an ideal spot for relaxing, fishing and swimming. Located on a remote site, 220km south of Broome in Western Australia, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is a slice of paradise and the ultimate destination for those wanting to camp out and immerse themselves in the local Aborigine culture. Visit www.koojaman.com.au

3. Tiwi Art Tours, Northern Territory
The remote Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, provide a snapshot of a thriving Aborigine culture. Aborigine operated, Tiwi Island Art Tours, let you experience first-hand the unique art and culture of the Tiwi people. On the tour you can also stop to chat with one of the friendly artists and learn all about their traditional designs. Visit www.tiwiart.com/network/art_tours.htm

4. Blue Mountains Walkabout, New South Wales
Aboriginal owned and guided, The Blue Mountain Walkabout Tour gives visitors the opportunity to walk a traditional walkabout songline, which is considered by Aborigines as the footprint of ancestors. View ancient art, artifacts and hear the stories of a fascinating culture. Visit www.bluemountainswalkabout.com


5. Worn Gundidji, Victoria

For those travelling the Great Ocean Road, or looking for a day-trip outside of Melbourne, Worn Gundidji is the perfect place. Located in a beautiful State game park, this not-for-profit Aboriginal cooperative showcases the art of the local indigenous artists. Guests can browse through the gift shop, sample Australian bush tucker, walk one of the bush tracks or use the BBQ picnic sites. Visit www.worngundidg.org.au

For further information Australia’s diverse indigenous experiences go to www.australia.com

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