Australia & NZ
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.
Natureâ€™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.
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.
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.
Great Southern Touring Route, Victoria
MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park – Photo credit
Great Ocean Road is so common, it borders on a tourist clichÃ©. 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.
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 Vulkathunhaâ€“Gammon Ranges National Park. The entire epic tour, however, from Barossa Valley to Cape Jervis, Arkaroola to Adelaide, features the best of the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.