Australia travel: Discover something new with these top cultural tours and experiences

The nightly bunggul dance is a spotlight of the Northern Territory’s yearly Garma Festival. Photo / Tourism Australia

Think you already know Australia? From First Nations artwork to celebrating the assorted rainbow group, these best cultural activities will enable you find out a new aspect to our transtasman neighbours, writes Sara Bunny.

Enjoy for the land

For a spot of stand-up paddleboarding with some intriguing background on the facet, join Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Excursions on a jaunt close to Coffs Harbour Solitary Islands Marine Park, NSW. All over the 2.5-hour journey, an seasoned information will fill you in on the conventional stories of the space, and you will also get the opportunity to style seasonal bush tucker along the way. New to the board? No trouble. Every single tour commences with a SUP lesson to ensure all paddlers are completely ready to consider to the h2o.

Learn all the local stories of Coffs Coast on a stand-up paddleboarding excursion with Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours. Photo / Destination NSW
Learn all the local tales of Coffs Coast on a stand-up paddleboarding tour with Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Experience Excursions. Picture / Location NSW

If you desire to get your thrills on terra firma, Sand Dune Adventures offers a variety of quad bicycle excursions on the standard lands of the Worimi folks in Port Stephens, NSW. As properly as an exhilarating journey above broad golden dunes and wild bushland, you’ll hear from an Aboriginal guidebook about the background, culture and conventional foodstuff in the region. Chauffeur-pushed Hummer excursions are also accessible for people who really don’t extravagant currently being in demand of a four-wheeler.

Take a thrilling jaunt across traditional lands of the Worimi people in Port Stephens, NSW. Photo / Destination NSW
Acquire a thrilling jaunt throughout regular lands of the Worimi individuals in Port Stephens, NSW. Image / Place NSW

Foodie discoveries

Sample bush tucker, gather shellfish and have a go at spearing mud crabs with Walkabout Cultural Adventures. The tiny team excursions get area in Kuku Yalanji country, which spreads throughout North Queensland’s breathtaking Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, and all foraged treasures are cooked up for lunch. Fifty percent-day, comprehensive-day and personal walks are accessible.


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Find your own bush tucker in the Daintree Rainforest with a little help from the expert guides at Walkabout Cultural Adventures. Photo / Tourism and Events Queensland
Find your personal bush tucker in the Daintree Rainforest with a minor assist from the specialist guides at Walkabout Cultural Adventures. Photograph / Tourism and Occasions Queensland

Just exterior Perth, Mandoon Estate sits on sacred land that has been farmed by the Noongar people today for thousands of years. Now, readers can join Noongar elder Dale Tilbrook to flavor classic foods, listen to about historical farming strategies, and be spellbound by the stories of the sprawling Swan Valley. Top it all off with a wine tasting at a single of Western Australia’s most well known cellar doors.

Artwork with heart

If you’re headed to Canberra, do not miss the 1st Australians exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Spread throughout two flooring, displays consist of amazing artworks and outstanding artefacts from the earliest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodians of the land. Also portion of the exhibition, Speaking Blak tells powerful tales of the Stolen Generations and ongoing issues faced by indigenous Australians. first-australians

First Australians is a must-see exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Photo / Richard Poulton
Very first Australians is a ought to-see exhibition at the Countrywide Museum of Australia in Canberra. Photo / Richard Poulton

About in Meanjin/Brisbane, Birrunga Gallery is regarded as just one of the country’s most attention-grabbing Aboriginal-owned-and-operated art areas, with absolutely free exhibitions that explore the creative traditions, histories and spirituality of a variety of major First Nations artists. The well-liked on-web page cafe serves up common Aussie fare infused with native spices and substances.

Brisbane's Birrunga Gallery offers a range of free exhibitions showcasing First Nations art. Photo / Tourism and Events Queensland
Brisbane’s Birrunga Gallery provides a variety of no cost exhibitions showcasing Initially Nations art. Photograph / Tourism and Gatherings Queensland

Proving that artwork is not just for the walls of a museum, the Below the Area Artwork Trail in Victoria’s Gippsland location incorporates carefully-crafted paintings on the sheds of an old factory, throughout a bridge, and together an underpass. Built to join persons far more deeply to the very land they’re standing on, the functions tell the tales of Gunaikurnai Country, and viewers are inspired to get up near to the artwork.


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Also getting creativity outside, Giants of Manurah features a sequence of larger sized-than-life sculptures in top secret destinations all over Mandjoogoordap/Manurah, about an hour’s generate from Perth. Down load the map to commence this household-welcoming experience, which spans the wetlands, waterways and native bush of the Bindjareb Noongar people today, in research of the giants.

Feed the soul

When it will come to immersing you in the sights, seems and cuisines of one more tradition, a pageant is a person of the most enjoyable methods to choose a crash study course. Up in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, the Garma Festival is a window into the artwork, music, tales and wealthy traditions of the Yolngu people. On in late July, the festival is open up to all comers and actions contain a variety of workshops and talks, film showings, an outdoor artwork gallery, and a breathtaking bunggul (ceremonial dance) just about every evening at sunset.

Featuring art, dance and storytelling, the Garma Festival takes place in Gulkula, NT. Photo / Tourism Australia
Showcasing art, dance and storytelling, the Garma Festival can take position in Gulkula, NT. Photograph / Tourism Australia

In Warrane/Sydney, the Yabun Festival is an action-packed, 1-working day occasion that celebrates the music and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Held annually on Australia Working day (January 26), the event takes position on Gadigal land in Camperdown, north of the CBD. When site visitors can be expecting a vary of industry stalls, talks and performances, songs is the star of the display, with Yabun this means “music to a beat” in Gadigal language.

Celebrating pleasure

A emphasize of Naarm/Melbourne’s imaginative calendar, the Midsumma Competition attributes a packed programme of dance, theatre, music and visible arts occasions with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood. On from January 21 – February 12, the festival is all about championing queer artists and permitting your colors shine, and everyone’s welcome to be a part of the bash.

Even more north in Warrane/Sydney, be guaranteed to snap a selfie on a person of the numerous rainbow-coloured walkways from Coogee Beach to Prince Albert Park in the town centre. Sydney’s to start with LGBTQIA+ museum, Qtopia, is set to open up in Darlinghurst subsequent thirty day period, and the well-liked Bookshop Darlinghurst is the put to go for a vary of reads on almost everything from id to queer icons.

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