Indigenous Tourism Experiences
Throughout Western Australia you can enjoy a diverse range of authentic Indigenous experiences ranging from traditional dance and dreamtime stories to contemporary history, bush tours and art. Tourism offers a unique opportunity for Aboriginal people to participate in business in a real and meaningful way, while still maintaining their cultural heritage and caring for country.
There is no better way to enjoy and interpret the magnificent coasts and beautiful rugged countryside than with a traditional custodian of the land. WA offers many options to enjoy this unique and ancient culture … we have highlighted a few below, however there are many options for day or extended touring experiences.
Urban Indigenous Tours is a charming and personal experience that captures the true identity of the Perth Aboriginal Community. This day trip offers a fresh insight into the Perth Aboriginal scene and introduces guests to a line-up of urban projects, dedicated businesses and incredibly talented people that represent today’s Aboriginal Australia, its emerging culture and traditions. Urban Indigenous Tours invites local Aboriginal artists, businesses and identities to be the essence of the tour and ultimately the result is an enjoyable and engaging tour that illuminates a culture that for so long many people have been denied.
The tour caters for a maximum of 12 guests, which adds to its personal charm. Many touching and insightful stories are shared throughout the day as Urban Indigenous guests not only learn about and view Aboriginal Australia, but in fact experience it in a very real and authentic setting. In addition to this, the tour travels through very scenic and significant locations of metropolitan Perth. The bulk of the morning is spent in the Swan Valley followed by lunch in Northbridge and/or Midland, and a drive along scenic Mounts Bay Road and Leighton Beach takes the tour into Fremantle for the afternoon.
The Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre was developed by the Wardandi people as a place where they can share their culture with visitors, school groups and Aboriginal people from other areas, in an effort to increase understanding and reconciliation with the wider community. The centre offers a variety of activities designed to bring about a greater understanding of the historical, social and environmental issues affecting Australians.
Activities include a one kilometre walk trail (can highly recommend this walk) enhanced with bush tucker and medicine plants; tool making from natural resources, throwing of spears and boomerangs, art, face painting, interactive stories, dance and music. Whilst visiting join one of their tours – You can join in and learn how to make a stone tool, throw a spear and boomerang or learn about the bush through story-telling. Tours range in price from AUD15.00 to AUD25.00.
The Art Gallery exhibits and sells the works of the Wardandi people and Southwest Noongar and visiting exhibitions from the Northwest. The Centre has become know for its extensive collection of art.
Located just three hours south of Perth, six kilometres south of Yallingup, the Centre is 30 minutes travel time from Busselton and 40 minutes from Margaret River.
Closed 15th June – 15th August.
The Esperance Region has been voted as having the best beaches in Australia, Kepa Kurl Eco Cultural Discovery Tours will show you how Noongar people have maintained their culture within the pristine environs around Esperance.
You will be amazed at the simplicity of the hunting and gathering techniques used. Be captivated at how nature teaches and guides you. With Esperance’s most experienced four wheel drive operator and recognised traditional owner, your Kepa Kurl Eco Cultural experience will be memorable and fulfilling. Step back in time and see this untouched environment with minimum impact as you use using existing trails and paths.
You can expect to see an abundant display of wildlife in natural habitats, rugged coastline, spectacular pristine beaches and view some of the most southern Aboriginal rock art and Esperance’s ‘Wave Rock’.
Wula Guda Nyinda – Aboriginal Cultural Tours, was established in December 2004, by Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell, a descendant of the traditional owners of the area, Nhanda and Malgana People. Wula Guda Nyinda which means ‘You Come This Way’, creates the opportunity for guests to see Gutharragudu the Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’, through “Nhanda and Malgana eyes”.
All tours are conducted with a ‘hands on’ approach and guests are invited to ‘touch’, ‘smell’ and ‘hear’ how country talks to you.
The Kimberley – Fitzroy Crossing
Dillon Andrews of Bungoolee Tours offers a unique insight into the spiritual beliefs, the history and the lifestyle of the Bunaba Aboriginal people of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region, Fitzroy Crossing. Share a truly remarkable experience exploring ancient living areas and rock art sites, and visit the old ruins of an early European cattle station. Follow in the footsteps of Jandamarra, a freedom fighter who in the 1890s let a fierce and sustained resistance to inland advancement and European settlement on tribal lands. Your Bunaba hosts take pride in showing and sharing their country on a very special journey. Bungoolee Tours is able to welcome guests to Bunuba country in the Fitzroy Crossing district by teaming up with Broome based tour company Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
Kimberley Wild Expeditions offers a three day tour departing from and ending in Broome that includes 24 hours with Bungoolee Tours. You will stay overnight at the remote Biridu Community based camp sharing stories around the campfire. Miluwa Narragee Moyee – in Bunuba this means ‘see our country’.