When visiting any country, albeit Australia or the United Kingdom, spending time to learn about the culture and heritage is always an eye-opening experience. So, while you are Down Under see Australia through the eyes of its traditional owners with these five Aboriginal cultural experiences.
If there is one place in Australia that encompasses our indigenous culture, it would have to be Uluru. You can discover Ayers Rock with a guided tour where you will learn all about the history of this sacred monument, see ancient indigenous art and even try bush-tucker.
Not able to make the trip to the red centre?! Uluru is now featured on Google Earth, so you can witness the stunning sunsets and talk a ‘walk’ around the surrounding area right from your own home.
You don’t have to head to the outback to experience Australian culture, there are many experiences you can enjoy in our major cities and are just a quick google search away.
Bush tucker, also called bushfood, can be defined as any food native to Australia and used as sustenance by the original inhabitants, the Aboriginal Australians, but, it can also describe any native fauna or flora used for culinary and/or medicinal purposes.
While it may not look as appealing as a good old Aussie barbie, our aboriginal ancestors and some tribes even today live off the land, so why not give it a try!
There are a number of Aboriginal festivals held across the country each year, but a couple we would recommend would be the Barunga Festival and the Laura Dance Festival.
The Barunga Festival is one of the biggest community events held in the ‘Top End,’ aka the tropical northern reaches of the Northern Territory. Across this three-day long weekend in June, the festival includes a mix of dancing, live music, art shows, cultural workshops and lots of sport!
The Laura Dance Festival occurs every two years in the small town of Laura, roughly a four-hour drive north of Cairns. This festival is one of the oldest and largest aboriginal events where more that twenty communities gather together to dance up a storm.
Witness the distinctive and beautiful style of art in the flesh at one the many art galleries across Australia. A well-known gallery is the Burrunju Art Gallery in Canberra. This gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in authentic handmade Aboriginal arts and crafts.