Uncover the rich diversity of Aboriginal tourism experiences offered across Australia.
It is now easier than ever to include Aboriginal experiences as a ‘must do’ component of your next Australian itinerary.
In Australia, the adjective ‘Aboriginal’ is commonly used to refer to mainland Indigenous Australians and their culture. When speaking also of Torres Strait Islander people, it is customary to use the term ‘Indigenous Australian people’ or refer collectively to ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’.
Tourism Australia uses the term ‘Aboriginal’ due to its familiarity abroad. However, it is to be understood as including Torres Strait Islanders as well.
As custodians of the world’s most ancient living culture, Indigenous Australians have a continuous history that stretches back more than 50,000 years. Their story is linked to the birth of the Australian continent and its ancient landscapes.
Aboriginal Australia emphasises spirituality, custodianship of the land and the connections between all things. Central to the culture’s art, music, rituals and dances is the concept of The Dreaming – a time when the Ancestor Spirits came to the earth in human form, creating the animals, plants, rocks and landforms before changing into stars and other sacred objects.
The modern Australian landscape records with every stone and leaf the Ancestor Spirits’ long journeys. These travels form the basis for the ‘Dreaming stories’ that are still told today. By learning about Indigenous Australian culture, you’ll arrive at a better understanding of Aboriginal people and the ancient land they inhabit.
Aboriginal guides are warm and welcoming. They’re often keen to share their story, their sense of humour, and their perspective on man’s place in the cosmos.
Indigenous Tourism Champions Program
The Champions are a select group of Indigenous Australians who specialise in providing tourist experiences that meet the needs of your customers. You can be confident that each Champion will:
- Arrange experiences delivered by Indigenous people
- Be contactable and responsive, with appropriate booking mechanisms in place
- Produce annual domestic and inbound rate sheets
- Understand commissions
- Comply with regulatory requirements and hold relevant insurance policies.
The Champions Program aims to build a reputation for quality and consistency in the delivery of Aboriginal tourism experiences.
Where to find information on Aboriginal Tourism
Tourism Australia’s website www.tourism.australia.com/aboriginal showcases the quality and variety of the experiences offered by our Indigenous Tourism Champions.
Each of the Champions has a profile that includes price and booking information to assist you with planning itineraries. The profile also contains inspirational vignettes and photographs, all of which are available to download.
Why learn about Aboriginal experiences?
The Champions offer a diversity of appealing and memorable cultural experiences. Your customers will likely find that their experience of Australia is improved by an Aboriginal guide’s insights into the Australian landscape, culture and lifestyle.
You can create exciting itineraries by familiarising yourself with the services of our Indigenous Champions before matching them with individual customer expectations.
With the Champions, your customers will enjoy:
- Exploring pristine beaches, lush rainforests, spectacular gorges and the rugged Outback
- Sharing native Australian ‘bush tucker’ and freshly caught seafood
- Learning traditional hunting and cooking methods
- Experiencing the healing power of nature
- Discovering ancient rock art galleries and the stories they tell
- Participating in Aboriginal art workshops
- Sharing stories around a crackling campfire
- Camping on pristine beaches inaccessible to other visitors
- Immersing themselves in Aboriginal culture at festivals
- Hiking, kayaking, cycling, fishing, four-wheel driving, snorkelling and swimming.
Travelling with a knowledgeable Aboriginal guide offers access to a range of unique and magical experiences that many visitors never get to see.
In some cases, Aboriginal guides are able to take authorised visitors into areas that remain closed to other tourists. Their insights will also enhance the experiences of adventure seekers, cultural enthusiasts, gourmet travellers and nature lovers.
Adventurous customers can taste bush tucker, experience the healing powers of nature, discover breathtaking scenery and join expeditions over land or sea. At the end of the day, they can catch fish and mud crabs before sharing a campfire meal beneath a canopy of stars. Culturally inclined visitors can also explore ancient rock art galleries, meet living artists, and participate in lively workshops to see how contemporary Aboriginal art is made.
Find Out More
You can learn more by using the Aboriginal tourism section of our website to browse through an exciting array of tours, activities and accommodation options.
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Admission to some areas requires a special permit. This ensures the protection of the local environment, as well as the culture and privacy of its inhabitants. You can learn more about relevant permits by talking with your tourism operator or visiting this website.