Indigenous Culture

From Uluru, the red beating heart of Central Australia, to the tropical shores of Far North Queensland, the vast landscapes and natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand hold incredible cultural significance to Indigenous people of the lands.

We recognise that a big part of what makes Australia and New Zealand such beautiful and unique destinations are our immersive Indigenous tourism experiences. As a founding partner of the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, we honour Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori cultures, and are committed to encouraging the traditions and arts of the communities we visit to thrive.

After over 100 years of operation, we have been fortunate to forge strong relationships with Indigenous communities throughout Australia and New Zealand. We strive to continue to bring to life the rich culture and captivating stories of these cultures for years to come.

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RED CENTRE INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Home to some of the world’s most spectacular and unique natural landscapes, the Red Centre is the huge southern desert outback region of the Northern Territory and is the red beating heart of Australia. When you travel to the Red Centre with us, you will be immersed in culture and have the chance to connect with locals through some of Australia’s most celebrated cultural experiences.

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Maruku Arts Dot Art Experience

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Maruku is owned and operated by Anangu artists who are the Aboriginal people from the Western and Central Deserts of Australia. For thousands of years, Anangu have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation to keep the land, their culture and their people strong.

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Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs

At the base of the West MacDonnell Ranges, become immersed in the diversity of life in the desert with an Indigenous guide. Learn how Aboriginal culture, plants and animals thrive in the desert, and how the park contributes to the conservation of flora and fauna.

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Karrke Aboriginal Experience

Kings Canyon National Park

Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours is an authentic aboriginal cultural experience on areas of importance in their cultural knowledge on bush tucker and bush medicines used for spiritual and healing and a lot more, as used by the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people and this helps with knowledge being passed on.

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TOP END INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

"Australia’s Top End is truly magnificent. Covering four main areas including Darwin, World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park, the remote Arnhem Land and the Katherine region, the Top End is home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural experiences.
The Top End’s ancient landscapes are home to some of the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in Australia, and the flowing rivers, towering gorges and thundering waterfalls hold tremendous significance to the Traditional Owners of the land. "

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Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Tiwi Islands

Board the Tiwi Mantawi in Darwin and arrive at the idyllic Tiwi Islands, a modern-day Aboriginal community. Discover the traditional art of the Tiwi Museum, spend time learning to weave and paint with the Tiwi Ladies, and witness a traditional smoking ceremony. 

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Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Katherine

Meet artist Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Hear about his life in the bush, learn first-hand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting and have the chance to purchase local Indigenous art. 

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Arnhemlander Cultural & Heritage Tour

Arnhem Land & North Kakadu

Owned and managed by the Traditional Owners of the clan estates it visits, experience an immersive cultural and heritage tour into Arnhem Land and Northern Kakadu. Meet Aboriginal artists, learn painting and weaving techniques and take in the world-famous scenery.

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Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

East Alligator River

Owned and operated by the Djabulukgu Association, the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise takes you along the scenically spectacular East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide shares insight into culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain and bush survival skills. 

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Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

Kakadu National Park

The Indigenous-owned Yellow Water Cruises offers the ultimate discovery of the natural paradise of Kakadu. Regarded as one of Australia’s best wildlife viewing experiences, discover colourful birdlife and saltwater crocodiles and the dramatic scenery of the ever-changing landscape.  

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Nitmiluk Cruise

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

The Traditional Owners of Katherine, the Jawoyn people, welcome you to Nitmiluk, the place of the Cicada dreaming. On the Katherine Gorge cruise, discover the stories of the Jawoyn people against the breathtaking backdrop of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. 

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Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Lambells Lagoon

100% Aboriginal owned and operated family business, Pudakul offers cultural and nature-based experiences cultural experiences from the Adelaide River Flood Plains on Aboriginal owned Limilngan-Wulna Land. Engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife, learn basket weaving, dilly bag making and the techniques used in the process. Learn to throw a spear, play the didgeridoo and clapsticks then learn about local bush food and medicine.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

From the white sandy beaches of the South West to the mesmerising natural wonders of the Kimberley, Western Australia is an expansive and remote land of contrasting beauty and ruggedness, home to one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth.

Discover the ancient natural landscapes through the eyes of Aboriginal custodians when you visit Western Australia with AAT Kings.

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Wula Guda Nyinda Didgeridoo Dreaming

Monkey Mia

Owned and operated by traditional custodian Darren Capewell, Wula Gura Nyinda offers immersive cultural experiences in spectacular Shark Bay. Relax around a campfire with didgeridoo meditation and enjoy bush tucker cooked by your local Indigenous guide.

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Yanchep National Park Cultural Experience

Yanchep National Park

Derek Nannup has spent his life learning about the diversity of Indigenous cultures across Australia and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with guests. Explore the vast landscape of Yanchep National Park and discover its significance to the Noongar people.

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Luridgii Tours Argyle Diamond Mine Tour

Lake Argyle

Join Ted Hall, Traditional Owner operator of Luridgii Tours, for the Argyle Diamond Mine Bus Tour, a bucket list tour in the spectacular East Kimberley region. Hear Ted tell of the mine’s history and its significance to the Jaliwang (Barramundi) Dreaming story. 

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Koomal Dreaming Cultural Experience

Cape Naturaliste

The Wadandi people have a deep connection to the Cape to Cape region and through this connection sustainability of the land is their way of life. Living with it and their knowledge and experience helps to protect and share their traditions to ensure that they live on. The passing on knowledge of the land through bush tucker (food), bush medicines, land management and traditional way of life strengthens the Wadandi peoples culture.

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QUEENSLAND INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Far North Queensland is renowned for its truly spectacular natural wonders. Destinations like the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation are best experienced through the eyes of our Traditional Owners, who have cared for these lands for thousands of years.

When you visit Queensland with AAT Kings, you have the chance to connect with traditional custodians and be invited to share in their rich culture, whether it’s through dance, art, traditional feasts or storytelling.

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Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Daintree Rainforest

Delve deep into Aboriginal culture and tradition in Kuku Yalanji country, the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet. Join your guide for a rainforest walk and sample bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional hunting practices. 

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NEW SOUTH WALES INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

As Australia’s most populous state and home to the country’s largest Aboriginal population, New South Wales offers a number of remarkable Aboriginal experiences that celebrate local Indigenous culture and traditions.

From the spectacular beaches of the East Coast to the vast national parks of regional NSW, these diverse and mesmerising landscapes are best experienced through the eyes of our Traditional Owners.

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Sydney Zoo

Sydney

Sydney Zoo is committed to preserve local Aboriginal culture and works closely with the local Darug people. As part of the Bungarribee Dreaming Experience, Aboriginal guides provide interpretation of the Australia precinct and share insights about tools, artefacts and bush tucker.  

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TASMANIA INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

The untamed natural paradise of Tasmania is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. From Wineglass Bay to the Tarkine Rainforest, these remote ancient landscapes are most sacred to those who have called these lands home for over 40,000 years.

Visit Tasmania through the eyes of local Aboriginal guides on our Tasmania Guided Holidays.

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Cataract Gorge

palawa Enterprises Pty Ltd (pET) has been established by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) to oversee the operation of the wukalina Walk and other local indigenous enterprises including the Cataract Gorge welcome to country and guide programme which was created specifically for AAT Kings. This enterprise provides opportunities for Tasmanian aboriginals (palawa) to share their ancient stories with visitors and ensuring not only that guests leave with a deeper understanding of this culture but also that these stories continue to be passed down through the generations. This opportunity of course also provides much needed jobs within the community.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is the traditional land of the Kaurna people. Beyond Adelaide, a plethora of enriching Aboriginal cultural experiences await. In the rugged Flinders Ranges, be wowed by the mesmerising natural landscape while learning of its significance to the Traditional Owners of the land.

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Wilpena Pound Cultural Experience

Flinders Ranges

Discover the rugged landscapes and natural wonders of the Flinders Ranges. Learn how the Rainbow Serpent gouged out the gorges to form the landscape, enjoy traditional songs and storytelling.

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VICTORIA INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

From the towering natural wonders of the spectacular Great Ocean Road to the rugged wildlife reserve of Tower Hill, Victoria is home to a plethora of unique natural landscapes waiting to be explored.

Connect with Traditional Owners and local guides and discover just how significant these lands are to their culture, traditions and way of life.

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Tower Hill

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

This organisation recruits and employs local Indigenous people. They reach these groups by way of providing support to assist with employment, and creating sustainable, Indigenous operated commercial enterprises, financial assistance for items such as work related licences, personal protective equipment, training and tools. They also put in place Positive Peer Pressure Programs that are aimed at building connectedness and broadening social networks.

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NEW ZEALAND NORTH ISLAND INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Home to some of the planet’s most pristine wilderness and breathtaking natural wonders, New Zealand offers a multitude of authentic and enriching cultural experiences that are sure to inspire.

Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand). Māori culture is an integral part of life in New Zealand, with the history, language and traditions central to the country’s national identity. The rich traditions, arts and customs of Māori culture are celebrated and can be found being preserved in many parts of the country. Experience Māori culture by visiting a marae, watching demonstrations of carving or weaving, or learning about fascinating myths and legends from passionate Māori.

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Tamaki Maori Village

Rotorua

At the heart of Tamaki Māori Village are three pou or pillars - Mana Whenua (The Land), Mana Tangata (The People), and Mana Atua (The Spirit). This experience combines traditional and contemporary elements of Māori culture and is a gathering place for generations of Māori families to come together to share their culture, offering employment and the chance to be involved in preserving and sharing it with the world.

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Whakarewarewa Living Village

Rotorua

Delve deep into Maori culture at Whakarewarewa, the living Maori village committed to preserving local Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao culture. Maori guides share stories and legends as you discover New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. 

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Mitai Maori Village

Rotorua

At Mitai, your passionate hosts give you an authentic introduction to the traditions and legends of Maori culture. In the pristine bushland, leave the evening inspired as you learn about history, carvings and ta moko, and indulge in a traditional Hangi feast. 

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi

Embark on a journey of discovery at New Zealand’s most important historic site. Join a local guide and discover the stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future, and stand on the spot where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in 1840. 

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Te Puia The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute

Rotorua

Te Puia is owned by The Whakarewarewa Joint Trust which is a joint trust between two Te Arawa iwi, Ngati Whakaue and Wahiao Tuhourangi. Te Puia is supporting the retention and development of ahurea (culture) and toi (arts and crafts) Maori, as well as providing training in whakairo (carving) and raranga (weaving).

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The National Kiwi Hatchery

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Guests will experience an interactive village and share Maori traditions. Learn about Maori weaponry, crafts and flax weaving. Hear about the history of the villagers ancestors and about the ancient horticultural practices. They also share their stories through song and dance including the Haka and the Poi dance. This helps to keep the culture alive in NZ - they are extremely passionate about showing their culture and employ local Maori. Tamaki is owned by local indigenous Tauhara North Tourism and Mike Tamaki. This partnership perfectly aligns with their manaaki focus and a desire to play an important part in cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes for thier whānau (family) and descendants.

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