Authentic aboriginal cultural experiences in Australia

Posted: 2 March 2020 | Updated: 2 March 2020

Want to visit Australia’s ultra-modern cities and enjoy sun, surf and sand? Or, would you prefer to get to know the history of this fascinating nation? And when we say history, we’re talking about life that far predates European settlement.

The indigenous peoples of Australia have called this continent-sized country their home for about 60,000 years. If you want to learn about their culture, lifestyle and cuisine, you simply must embark on one or two aboriginal cultural experiences.

But which tours are the most eye-opening? Well, there are lots, but these are some of the very best.  

Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai

In the charming village of Kuranda, you can explore heritage markets, hear legendary stories about the history of the local Aboriginal people, journey from coast to rainforest, and absorb sights of outstanding natural beauty while immersing yourself in an ancient culture. You’ll also enjoy a scenic journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway through a World Heritage protected Rainforest with stunning lookout stops at both Red Peak and Barron Falls.

 

 

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Tour

If you want to find out how aboriginal culture has adapted over the past couple of hundred years, you need to sign up to the Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Tour, which departs from numerous locations in Darwin. On this trip, you’ll not only get a glimpse into the life of the Tiwi people – including scenes rarely seen by outsides – you’ll also do some island hopping, making this adventure the perfect mix of history, relaxation and culture.

 

 

Daintree Dreaming near Cairns

Still want to know more about ancient aboriginal culture? We don’t blame you. And one of the best places to learn as much as possible within a day or two is also near Kuranda as part of the Daintree Dreaming tour. Ancient crabbing, fishing, farming and dining experiences are all on the menu on this fantastic tour.

Aboriginal Cuisine Experience

What do you imagine when it comes to Aussie cuisine? Probably meat pies, vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons. But they’re all largely influenced by Europe. If you want a more authentic culinary experience, you should learn about Aboriginal cuisine.

‘Bushfood’, or ‘Bush Tucker’ refers to any dish that’s native to Australia. The indigenous people of Australia learned how to live off the land, meaning many of their dishes make use of native fauna and flora. These dishes are becoming increasingly popular; many contemporary chefs now embrace cooking traditions that date back thousands of years. But the best way to get a genuine taste of authentic Aussie food is to embark on a tour and sample as much as possible.

Nitmiluk Tours, Northern Territory

Interested in aboriginal rock art? In the Northern Territory, you can embark on tours that let you witness ancient rock carvings. In addition to viewing artwork, activities include cruise rides, canoeing, gorge visits and flat-bottomed boat tours. And, the entirety of the Nitmiluk National Park is owned and operated by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people, who believe in the philosophy of ‘share our country’.

 

 

Make sure to explore our full range of aboriginal experiences over on our Australia day tours page. There’s a little something for everyone! 

By AAT Kings