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10 Awesome Aboriginal Journeys in Australia

Nary a corner of Australia is unstirred by Aboriginal history but, too often, the fact gets overlooked by flashier pursuits, urban sprawl and the pace of modern life. Thankfully, Tourism Australia has compiled a slew of journeys and experiences designed to facilitate contact with vestiges of a civilization that stretches back tens of thousands of years. Here’s a look at ten of them.

Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Photo credit

Begin and end in Alice Springs and explore national parks pregnant with Aboriginal lore, such as West MacDonnell Range, Finke Gorge, Watarrka and UNESCO World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta.

Where to stay:
Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs
Sails in the Desert Hotel, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Alice Springs City Guide

Nature’s Way, Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and paramount indigenous treasure, most notably because of several truly extraordinary Aboriginal rock art sites. The Nature’s Way trip itinerary includes forays into Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, to and from Darwin.

Where to stay:
Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin, Darwin
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn Jabiru, Kakadu National Park
Darwin City Guide

The Daintree, Queensland

Another journey, another UNESCO gem. The Daintree is part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics of Queensland inscription, which covers close to 9,000 km2 of the oldest rainforest in the world. The traditional owners of the reserve, the Wujal Wujal people, prove hospitable guides in the ways of the bush.

Where to stay:
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa Hotel, Daintree
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, Port Douglas
Port Douglas City Guide

Cultural Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney is not all cosmopolitan flash and sizzle. The city, or at least the place where the city stands today, has a significant Aboriginal past. Specific cultural tours of the New South Wales capital unveil it all to inquisitive visitors and locals alike.

Where to stay:
Four Points By Sheraton Hotel Darling Harbour Sydney
The Westin Sydney Hotel
Sydney City Guide

Great Southern Touring Route, Victoria

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park – Photo credit

Great Ocean Road is so common, it borders on a tourist cliché. Yet no less a requisite drive the 243 km span of road between Torquay and Warrnambool is, especially as part of a more extensive tour of Aboriginal culture in the state of Victoria. From Melbourne to Lorne, Lorne to Port Fairy, Port Fairy to Halls Gap, and back to Melbourne, the Great Southern Touring Route is phenomenal.

Where to stay:
The Langham Hotel Melbourne
Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap, Grampians National Park
Melbourne City Guide

South Australian Loop, South Australia

Specific Aboriginal points of interest on the South Australian Loop include rock art at Yourambulla Caves and the Iga Warta Cultural Centre in Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park. The entire epic tour, however, from Barossa Valley to Cape Jervis, Arkaroola to Adelaide, features the best of the state.

Where to stay:
Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide On Hindley
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Adelaide City Guide

Kimberley, Western Australia

The spectacular, pristine wilderness of the Kimberley region is virtually without peer. Standout gems range from UNESCO World Heritage Purnululu National Park to the thousands upon thousands of multi-millennia-old Gwion Gwion rock art sites in the area.

Where to stay:
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome
The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra

South-West, Beaches and Goldfields, Western Australia

Enjoy beautiful Perth, historic Fremantle and Margaret River Wine Country, yes, but also the more remote and furtive enclaves of WA, such as Totadgin Conservation Park and the Mulka caves.

Where to stay:
Duxton Hotel Perth
The Beach House at Bayside Albany
Perth City Guide

Savannah Way, Western Australia

Darwin proves to be a perfect jump-off point once more, with epic stops like Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, Aboriginal rock art in Keep River National Park, Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park and Mitchell Falls.

Where to stay:
Best Western Pine Tree Motel Katherine
Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin

East Coast Escape, Tasmania

Oyster Bay, Swansea, Tasmania – Photo credit

Get a supreme taste of Tassie’s singular allure with a journey that starts in Hobart and ends in the Bay of Fires. Highlights include Aboriginal middens bushwalks and dolphin tours of Honeymoon Bay.

Where to stay:
The Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart
Kabuki By The Sea Swansea
Hobart City Guide

One Comment for "10 Awesome Aboriginal Journeys in Australia"

FatPaddler says on May 18th, 2011 at 12:58 am:

The Kur-ring-gai National Park in the northern suburbs of Sydney has an amazing number of Aboriginal sites and rock carvings, and I’m pretty sure you can organise tours via the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

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