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Unique aboriginal guided walks in Australia

NITN | @notintownlive | 26 Jul 2022, 04:03 am

Unique aboriginal guided walks in Australia Australia

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Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are a stand out, and their lifestyles are largely reflective of the land on which they live. Whether it's within a rainforest, ocean or dormant volcano, an immersive guided walk brings together natural beauty and ancient cultural knowledge. 

Here's our list of Australia’s First Nations guided walks 

 
EXPLORE THE WORLD’S OLDEST LIVING RAINFOREST

The Daintree Rainforest, about two hours north of Cairns, is – in a word – breathtaking. This World Heritage-listed site is home to the Kuku Yalanji people, known as the true rainforest people. 
 
To the Kuku Yalanji people, the rainforest is more than trees and vines; contained within its canopy are traditional medicines, delicious native foods and sacred stories.
 
How to experience it: Join a full or half-day guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk to meander through this enchanting environment, learning about ancient traditions – from medicinal plant use to foraging techniques and ochre painting. The tour begins with a traditional smoking ceremony.

 
DISCOVER ANCIENT WORKS OF ART

Aboriginal rock art is one of the oldest forms of art in the world, so witnessing these ancient depictions is like looking straight into another time. 
 
Some of Australia’s most impressive Indigenous artworks can be found in South Australia’s Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, a mecca for Aboriginal cultural sites including the Sacred Canyon, home to the Adnyamathanha ‘rock’ people.

How to experience it: On a Yura Mulka Cultural Walk from Wilpena Pound Resort, you can discover the rock engravings of the Sacred Canyon, while your guide talks through the significance of the site to the Adnyamathanha people.

 
FORAGE FOR OYSTERS
 
The traditional custodians of the Dampier Peninsula, the Bardi (land) and Jawi (island) people, have been working with their natural environment for tens of thousands of years, using sustainable hunting techniques, fishing practices and bush tucker for both food and medicinal purposes. 
 
Here, about two hours north of Broome, you can combine a cultural experience with world-class seafood.

How to experience it: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm’s Borrgoron’s Coast to Creek Tourwill open your eyes to this unique Aboriginal culture that revolves around the land and sea. 
 
Join in for a walk across the farm where you’ll be able to put your learnings to practice as you forage for fresh oysters.
 
 
EMBARK ON A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY

Lutruwita (Tasmania) is steeped in First Nations culture, and one of the best ways to experience it is by traversing the land with an Aboriginal guide. Wukalina Walk is more than a walk; it’s a spiritual, cultural and physical journey. 
 
On this experience, you’ll be invited to ‘takara waranta’ (walk with us) across your guides’ homeland in Tasmania's east, including remarkable sites such as the Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park. 
 

How to experience it: Book in for the four-day/three-night wukalina Walk, departing from Launceston. 
 
Expect luxury accommodation and native food alongside cultural activities, wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes.
 
 
WANDER THROUGH ANCIENT CAVES

Looking for an experience you can’t find anywhere in the world? Among Australia’s fascinating ancient landscapes is the phenomenal Cutta Cutta Caves National Park, just 30 minutes south of the Northern Territory’s Katherine. 
 
Just like many things in this country, these tropical cave systems – formed millions of years ago – are unique to Australia, as is the array of wildlife that calls them home.
 
How to experience it: Wander deep into the caves on a one-hour guided tour with Nitmiluk Tours to feast your eyes on dazzling limestone formations while you listen to the history of this remarkable ecosystem.

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