Help your kids better understand Aboriginal culture with one of these awesome activities.
1. Top Didj cultural experience in Katherine, Northern Territory
2. Dot Painting Workshop at Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory
3. Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours in Coffs Harbour, NSW
4. Hunters Creek Tagalong Tour in the Kimberley, Western Australia
5. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide, South Australia
6. Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours in Port Douglas, Queensland
Go mud-crabbing and gather food from the mangroves with brothers Linc and Brandon Walker at Cooya Beach, around 15 minutes drive north of Port Douglas, during this authentic tour. They will also teach you how to spearfish and share stories from their traditional land before returning to their family’s home to showcase Kuku Yalanji artefacts as they prepare the morning’s catch.
7. Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness in Narooma, NSW
Spend the weekend visiting sacred and significant sites in the area around Narooma on the NSW South Coast with Indigenous guide Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison to learn more about the Yuin people’s creation stories, history and culture. The immersive tour also includes the rare opportunity to participate in traditional Aboriginal sunrise and beach ceremonies and yarning circles.
8. Dhawura Tours in ACT
If you’re keen to see Aboriginal rock art, the Canberra region has some easily accessible options. Dhawura Cultural Tours takes you to sites of cultural significance, including places where you can see grinding grooves, a canoe tree and a shield tree. Experiences range from two-hour to full-day tours, including a swim at Flea Creek in Namadgi National Park. They also offer the chance to learn how to speak the Ngunawal language, participate in a traditional weaving workshop or join a bush tucker cooking class. Some tours are only suitable for children 12 and older.
9. Nita Experience on Maria Island, Tasmania
10. Dreamtime Walk in Mossman Gorge Centre, Queensland
11. Brambuk Cultural Centre in The Grampians, Victoria
Experience everything from didgeridoo workshops to boomerang painting and throwing and bush food tasting at this cultural centre. You can also see two award-winning presentations in its Gariwerd Dreaming theatre. The Gariwerd Creation Story depicts the Aboriginal legend of Tchingal, the giant emu and Waa, the crow, and the formation of the Grampians/Gariwerd mountains, while Gariwerd, a Cultural Landscape illustrates the geology, flora and fauna and Aboriginal and European history of the region.
12. Mandjoogoordap Dreaming in Mandurah, Western Australia
If you find yourself on Western Australia’s South-West coast, don’t miss a tour with Indigenous guide George Walley from Mandurah Dreaming. The experienced educator, who grew up living with extended family in bush shelters, leads guests on the Mandjoogoordap Dreaming Tour along the foreshore as he shares his stories. The tour starts and finishes at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on demand. Other tours, including canoe tours and cruises, are also available.