ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCES

Take a look at this captivating short film from Tourism Australia showcasing the country’s amazing Aboriginal tourism -- and then think Western Australia – the ideal destination to gain Aboriginal experiences. And here are a few great recommendations

 

Barraddict Sport Fishing Charters offers small groups the opportunity to experience fishing and mud crabbing adventures along the Kimberley Coast.  Aboriginal owner and guide Kurt Williamson has the skills and knowledge to ensure his guests enjoy great fishing, abundant mud crabbing and spectacular scenery -- all this combined with Kurt’s captivating insight into local culture and way of life.  Head out from Derby in the wet season for fishing or crabbing tours or tie in a charter trip with a stay at the Eco Beach resort during the dry season. Guests fish at the tidal creek or venture into the ocean for a variety of fish, or walk the creek mud banks to hook tasty giant green mud crabs

Derby is a two-hour drive from Broome on a sealed road. Hire cars are available from Broome or you can fly direct from Perth to Derby.

Find out more herewww.barraddictsportfishing.com.au

Brian Lee Hunters Creek Tagalong Tours showcases an array of breathtaking scenery, whilst giving a unique insight into Kimberley culture. Brian Lee is a true Kimberley icon with a personality larger than life. His Tagalong Tour departs from Kooljaman at Cape Leveque and participants enjoy meeting the friendly locals and learning about traditional hunting methods in waters teeming with birdlife, mud crabs and fish. They may even be lucky enough to spot a crocodile.

There is an opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Dampier Peninsula before gathering under a shady tree, where guests can cook their catch Bardi style, on an open fire. Participants can also join the popular half day tour which departs at 8.30 am, or for a more in-depth insight into Aboriginal lifestyle and culture, design their own full day adventure with Brian.

Tours depart from Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, 220 kilometres north of Broome, on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. 4WD is essential.  

Find out more here  www.brianleetagalong.com.au

Bundy’s Cultural Tours in the Kimberley provides guests with various Indigenous tourism activities, from a cultural guided walk to joining his family for a night fishing experience with a twist. Bundy’s will teach guests how to make spears and share how the Bardi people use native plants to catch fish.

Participants gain an appreciation of the abundance of seasonal food and medicines on offer in this pristine natural environment at the northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula.

Tours depart from Kooljaman or nearby, some 220 kilometres from Broome. It’s a partially unsealed road, so 4WD is essential .

Find out more herewww.bundysculturaltours.com.au

Kimberley Wild Expeditions in Broome opens up access to some of the region’s best-kept secrets, providing insight into the land and culture of the Kimberley region. Traditional Owners take travellers on an adventure through ancient gorges -- and the Saltwater People living in the coastal communities on the Dampier Peninsula share their relaxed lifestyle.

Visitors enjoy both pristine beaches and stunning gorges, along with visits to isolated communities to enhance what is an authentic experience. Specialist Aboriginal guides share local insight on a Geikie Gorge cruise and take visitors on walks through Tunnel Creek and Brooking Gorge with its hidden rock art. The local Aboriginal people share in their community life, their stories and traditions, and their food.

Small group tours are in luxury vehicles with quality catering and expert guides.

Broome is a major gateway to the attractions of the Kimberley region and enjoys good air access from Perth. Broome also has regular air services from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Find out more here  www.kimberleywild.com.au

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque sets an extremely high benchmark for eco and sustainable tourism. Two Aboriginal communities offer a range of accommodation options including camping, traditional palm frond beach shelters and rustic log cabins.

Guests can participate in small-scale cultural tours with the local Bardi community residents, go mud crabbing, fish trapping, sample bush fruits and gain an insight into bush medicine and the Aboriginal history of the area.

Visitors can even take a scenic flight over the archipelago or relax on the popular tour boat, Oollard II, where they can watch colourful tropical fish while cruising around in the bay.

There is plenty to do at one’s own pace including fishing, swimming, snorkeling, reef walking, bush walking and bird-watching. Or visitors can just relax and enjoy one of the most spectacular coastal wilderness camps in Australia.

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is 220 kilometres from Broome at the northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula, on a partially unsealed road (4WD essential).

Find out more here: www.kooljaman.com.au

Koomal Dreaming is located in Yallingup, some 266 kilometres south of Perth at Margaret River, Josh Whiteland is Koomal Dreaming’s friendly and engaging Aboriginal guide. His bush walks provide a unique opportunity to see the Margaret River region from an Aboriginal perspective.

Visitors will learn about local plants and their uses in traditional medicine and sample tasty bush tucker.Josh demonstrates the traditional method of fire lighting, teaches visitors about the ancient art of tool making and introduces local animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of the local people and their ancestors.

A talented musician, Josh will delight visitors with a didgeridoo performance inside the spectacular Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup. Participants also learn about the cave’s significance to the local Aboriginal people.

Yallingup is a two and ahalf hour drive south of Perth. Coaches run daily from Perth. The tours operate from Ngilgi Cave

Find out mire at www.koomaldreaming.com.au

Shark Bay Coastal Tours is a family owned and operated specialist tour company offering unique, culturally inspired, 4WD adventures in the Shark Bay and Monkey Mia region on Australia’s Coral Coast. .Activities showcase the local area and invite visitors to explore Steep Point as well as venturing off to check out the area’s spectacular limestone cliffs and blowholes, visit the Stromatolites at Hamelin Bay and share the fascinating history of the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station.

Also on offer is a range of customised itineraries.

Participants can see the amazing accumulationof bright white shells on Shell Beach and spot some of theregion’s abundant marine life, all whilst hearing about traditional hunting methods at Eagle Bluff.

Local Aboriginal owner and guide, Keith Capewell, is aNhanda/Mulgana man, who shares information on both Aboriginal and European history and teaches about local flora and fauna whilst visiting the best of the World Heritage sites in his region.

His tours include home-style cooking with local seafood featured on the menu.

Visitors can travel 10 hours by road ex Perth or fly from Perth on Skippers Airlines to Shark Bay/ Monkey Mia airport.

Find out more at www.sharkbaycoastaltours.com.au

The Kodja Place at Kojonup, is a unique museum and cultural interpretive centre that features a range of interactive displays including artefacts, stories, exhibits and pictures along with a stunning rose maze. A tour at The Kodja Place is a great way to gain a more in-depth understanding of the local traditional Aboriginal culture.

Based on the theme of ‘One Story, Many Voices’, this fascinating interpretive centre is built in the shape of the Kodja, which is the Noongar word for a stone axe. The Kodja Place and its story consists of seven areas - the Noongar Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery, Visitor Centre and Black Cockatoo Café, The Kodj Gallery, The Story Place, Yoondi’s Mia Mia and the Rose Maze.

The story of Yoondi the Noongar, Maria the Italian and Elizabeth the English woman are set into the paths of themaze and visitors will be drawn in as the stories converge along the journey.

Kojonup is situated in Australia’s South West along the Albany Highway, 260 kilometres south of Perth and 150 kilometres north of Albany..

Find out more at www.kodjaplace.com.au

Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures in the Kimberley region are run by Neville Poelina who was born and raised in the area. His knowledge and love of the Kimberley  provides a unique experience. Neville is a warm and friendly guide who is a specialist in bush lore, local culture, traditional medicines and bush tucker.

Most tours start from his home base at Oongkalkada, midway between Broome and Derby, and cover diverse landscapes including Kimberley Gorges, the Dampier Peninsula and Fitzroy River.

Neville specialises in small group tours to ensure they are personalised. Despite the remoteness of the locations visited, these tours are up-market and boast a gourmet menu.

Tours can depart from your Broome accommodation or Broome Airport.

Find out more at www.uptuyu.com.au

Urban Indigenous Australia offers private tours of Perth and surrounds accompanied by experienced Aboriginal guides who are able to give an insight into the Aboriginal people, culture and community of the area.

Itineraries are carefully thought out and crafted to meet the needs of travellers and deliver a memorable experience.

All-inclusive extended travel programmes are also available for groups wishing to travel to regional and remote areas of Western Australia. A number of different tours are available including:

Aboriginal Australia and Aussie Wildlife, Aboriginal Australia and the Swan Valley and The Hip, Urban Aboriginal Trip in Fremantle

Guests on the day tours enjoy a bush BBQ lunch with flavours from the Aussie bush

A Perth airport pickup service is available

Find out more here www.urbanindigenous.com.au

Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures at Shark Bay offer the opportunity to kayak, snorkel, bushwalk and tour in a 4WD through the Shark Bay World Heritage Area by day, and enjoy stories and the mesmerising sounds of the ‘Dusk Dreaming’ didgeridoo by the campfire at night.

Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell has a passion about sharing his part of the pristine Nhanda Malgana country and his culture with visitors to the Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) region. He has a deep respect for his land and culture and shares a humour-filled insight into both contemporary Aboriginal life and his traditional knowledge.

Each tour is a unique adventure uncovering the traditions of the Aboriginal people’s harmonious relationship with the land including Darren’s own deep spiritual connection.

Skippers Aviation flies from Perth to Monkey Mia on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a full day drive from Perth, but there are many interesting places to visit along the way.

Find out more here www.wulaguda.com.au

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