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Five incredible Aboriginal cultural experiences around Australia

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Australia is thriving with Indigenous cultural experience tours. Here are five Aboriginal cultural experiences that will change your perception of this great southern land and teach you about the culture of Australia’s First People.

Tiwi Islands, NT

The Tiwi Island’s pristine beaches are located 80 km north of Darwin. The indigenous people who inhabit the island are famous for their artwork, their love of footy and for welcoming visitors. Spend at least one day exploring Bathurst Island and the area’s museums. A full-day tour is also enough time to learn about Tiwi ‘Dreamtime’ stories. You can also spend morning tea with ladies, eating damper and watching them finish their weavings and paintings.

Uluru, NT

Indigenous Australians ask that tourists don’t climb Uluru (Ayers Rock) out of respect for their culture and beliefs. However, surrounding this iconic Australian landmark are fascinating alternatives. Local indigenous cultural tours teach you about Indigenous life in the Red Centre. You can also join Indigenous artists in a dot-painting workshop, which teaches you about the different symbols used for Indigenous art.

Ngilgi Cave, WA

A full day cultural tour of the Ngilgi Cave and its surrounds with Koomal Dreaming treats you to an authentic cultural experience. Venture into the famous Ngilgi Cave to admire stunning stalactites, stalagmites and unique formations and learn about the Aboriginal legend of how the cave formed. You’ll also learn about the six seasons and how they influence life for the local indigenous people. Also experience how Indigenous Australians traditionally light fire and make tools, and enjoy a live digeridoo performance.

The Daintree Rainforest, QLD

Far North Queensland is rich is Aboriginal history and you will find traces of their 40,000-year existence in the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree. Learn about the stories, the beliefs and the culture of the local Kuku Yalanji community, as you admire pristine waterfalls and unique flora with Adventure North’s One Day Daintree Dreaming Tour. You’ll also head north to Cooya Beach, where traditional owners teach you how to track and hunt for fish and crabs. You’ll also visit an art gallery and have the opportunity to swim in the rainforest’s beautiful, calm waters.

Melbourne, VIC

Enjoy a guided tour by boat, canoe or kayak with a unique tour down the Yarra River with indigenous-owned tour company Gulpilil’s Australia. The tour gives you a greater understanding and awareness of Melbourne’s diversity and the Yarra River’s beauty. Learn about the history of Indigenous Australians in a big city like Melbourne and admire the views as you paddle down the Yarra River, which are unlike no other.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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