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Where to Find Australia's Best Cultural Experiences


World-class beaches famous for surfing, exciting cities, iconic landmarks, cricket, remarkable native wildlife, stunning landscapes that include everything from rainforests to arid red desert – when it comes to holidays in Australia there are so many unforgettable sights and activities to enjoy that it’s easy to forget that the country also possesses a rich cultural heritage.
Time taken to discover and learn about Australia’s fascinating and ancient indigenous cultures is rewarded with a host of inspiring and unforgettable experiences, and can help to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of this beautiful country. And wherever in Australia you happen to be holidaying you’re never far from a unique and satisfying cultural experience.

In the words of tour specialists ANZCRO, “Australia is a land of … extraordinary experiences, ancient cultures and warm hospitality”, so for visitors seeking something a little different from Australia’s typical tourist attractions, here’s a brief guide on where to find Australia’s best cultural experiences.

Uluru, Northern Territory, Central Australia

Pictures and TV images simply don’t do justice to the magnificence and ambience of Uluru. This vast and instantly recognisable sandstone monolith is a sacred item to the aboriginal Anangu people who own it, and there is no better way to experience and learn about this iconic Australian landmark than by taking a walk around its base in the company of an Anangu guide who can explain the concept of the ‘Dreamtime’ and talk about the cave paintings and other aspects of Uluru that are of cultural significance.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Australia’s largest national park, also a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, has been home to Aboriginal clans for more than fifty thousand years and is a living cultural landscape. Besides abundant natural beauty, birds and wildlife, the park is renowned for its rock paintings, some of which are at least twenty-thousand years old. Kakadu also offers visitors the chance to participate in a number of cultural activities including bushwalks, foot safaris and bush tucker gathering, talks and slideshows and boat trips through the park’s wetlands.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Smithfield, Queensland

Set amid an area of rainforest a short distance from Cairns, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park offers guests an authentic and interactive experience delivered by the native Australian Tjapukai people. The ancient history of Australia and its native inhabitants are explained via talks, traditional dances and storytelling, and guests are invited to learn cultural activities such as boomerang and spear throwing, didgeridoo playing, fire making and applying face paints. Among other attractions the park houses a museum, art gallery, several theatres and an authentic Aboriginal camp.

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., New South Wales

Nowhere can the beauty, creativity and individuality of the artworks and designs produced by Indigenous Australians be better admired and enjoyed than in the National Gallery of Australia. Illuminated, where possible, by natural daylight the museum’s collection of 7,500 Aboriginal paintings, sculptures and other artworks is the largest in the world. Many of the exhibits feature ceremonial iconography which represents aspect of the ‘Dreamtime’ mythology, whilst the undoubted highlight of the collection is The Aboriginal Memorial; an installation comprising two hundred hollow log coffins hand painted with traditional designs using natural pigments.

Fremantle Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour, Fremantle, Western Australia

The land on which the popular coastal resort of Fremantle, twelve miles southwest of Perth, is built traditionally belongs to the native Whadjuck Noongar people, and the area features heavily in the Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime’ legend of the earth’s creation. A walking tour of the city reveals the significance of Freemantle in Aboriginal culture and recounts a rich and colourful indigenous history that spans forty thousand years as well as tracing the fascinating history – a mere two hundred years – of the city itself.

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