Experience Australia's Indigenous Culture
Australia is home to the oldest continuous Indigenous culture on earth. For at least 60,000 years Indigenous Australians, have lived and cared for this amazing country. So, for a true connection to country and culture, who better to show you around the oldest continent on earth than the Traditional Custodians of this land? Ancient landscapes are brought to life by the legends woven around them; native flora and fauna are the keepers of so many ‘hidden’ talents and there is so much we can still learn about community and sustainability.
In keeping with this year’s Reconciliation Week theme “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”, we believe that the best way to really appreciate Australia’s Indigenous culture is to immerse yourself in it, so we’ve put together a collection of five of the finest authentic indigenous experiences, for locals and international visitors alike, to have the opportunity to walk beside the Traditional Custodians of this Great Southern Land:
See Sydney from a different perspective
Discover a different side of Sydney as you walk the city with a Traditional Custodian by your side sharing the culture of the Saltwater people, the legends and lessons learned from Dreamtime creation to colonisation and through to today’s contemporary Sydney.
Get arty in the outback
Guests of Longitude 131 in Australia’s Red Centre and spiritual heart, also have the privileged opportunity to visit Australia’s oldest continuously running Indigenous Art Centre. Located in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, access is by special permission and a private charter flight. Enjoy chatting with community elders and local children as you learn traditional techniques to create your own Aboriginal-inspired artwork to take home.
Forage for bush tucker in the rainforest
Enjoy a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony surrounded by the spellbinding sights, sounds and smell of the Daintree; collect pipis (and try your hand at catching a mud crab!) by the water’s edge or forage for seasonal bush tucker and traditional medicines in the world’s most ancient rainforests; all in the engaging company of a Kuku Yulanji storyteller.
Go walkabout in Tasmania
Spend four days gaining a personalised introduction to the local palawa culture on a guided walking tour traversing the beautiful beaches and breathtaking coastal landscapes of the larapuna (Bay of Fires) and wukalina (Mt William) regions in north-east Tasmania. As a result of 10,000 years of isolation, the palawa culture is distinctly different from mainland Australia indigenous cultures; just as the wukalina walk is refreshingly different from anything you’ve experienced before.
Immersion in Arnhem Land
A 50-minute scenic flight from Darwin delivers you to a jaw-droppingly spectacular swathe of Aboriginal land for a totally immersive Indigenous culture experience. Here, staying in comfortable wilderness cabins, enjoy tailored touring and total tranquillity surrounded by some of the most breathtaking Australian scenery; from lily-laden billabongs and sweeping floodplains (home to an incredible biodiversity and stunning birdlife) to dramatic escarpments adorned with some of the oldest artworks in the world. Journeys like these will last with you forever.
Personalised introductions to Australia’s Indigenous Culture:
Culinary or coastal, urban or outback, active or arty; walking tours, wilderness camps or workshops; from Bremer Island to Tasmania, Rottnest Island to the Daintree, we can curate personalised and authentic interactions and immersive Indigenous cultural experiences tailored to your interests.
Contact our Travel Design team today to connect you with engaging Indigenous Australians and their truly fascinating ancient culture as part of your personalised luxury Australia travels:
In the spirit of reconciliation, Southern Crossings acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to the land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples today.
It is our privilege to be able to connect you with their culture.