Travel, like everything from cuisine to culture to people, is best experienced in its most authentic form. Whether you’re hiking in the Amazon or setting off on an adventure in Antarctica, these encounters with the world around us are the ones that stay with us for a lifetime.
Australia, in turn, provides a myriad of travel experiences throughout the continent. One of the most worthwhile things to do for your Australian tours is to join an Aboriginal guide who will share their connection to their home and experiences unique to the continent.
While there are many guided Aboriginal experiences throughout the country, from a new walk in Tasmania to remote tours in the Kimberley, we’ve curated three different types of experiences — outback, rainforest and city — so you can get a taste.
No Australia vacation is complete without spending time exploring the unique environment of the outback. A good place to start is Australia’s spiritual heart, the Red Centre.
The area includes Alice Springs and beautiful natural wonders like Uluru, a colossal red sand-and-stone megalith within Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Visit the many art galleries within Alice Springs and then have an Aboriginal guide take you to create your personal Uluru dot painting masterpiece. Seeing the art inspired by this sacred natural wonder can help you understand the art and culture even more.
You can also go on a guided bush walk and learn about the flora and fauna of the region—even tasting some of the natural fruit or vegetables available.
Known as the oldest living rainforest in the world, the Daintree Rainforest is inspirational for everyone who has had the privilege of experiencing its awe-inducing beauty. Guided Daintree Rainforest tours are available in two-hour or four-hour increments, beckoning avid eco-tourists to step into an almost otherworldly area. You can work with the Kuku Yalanji—also known as the Rainforest People—on one of these tours, taking time to learn about the region and be amazed at their in-depth knowledge of the rainforest. As you walk along the region where the rainforest meets the Coral Sea, you’ll be struck by the wonders of this diverse ecosystem.
Adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts will love the opportunity to explore Australia’s biggest city with the help of an Aboriginal guide. Many travelers assume that because Sydney is an urban area, there’s no need for an Aboriginal guide, but they couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, Sydney is rife with plenty of opportunities to learn more about this unique perspective. One option is a tour that point out the sites that hold meaning to the people, from the Royal Botanic Garden to the culture-filled Blak Markets to the Taronga Zoo, where guides can explain the connection to the animals and their significance in Aboriginal stories. Wherever you want to visit, there are views from the traditional culture just waiting to be seen.
Don’t wait — book your vacation with a travel agent who specializes in Australian experiences. No trip to Australia is complete without learning from every perspective. After all, these generations-long tales are just waiting to be heard on your Australian tours.