02 August 2021
Food is our common ground, a universal experience which translates across cultures, languages and countries. It is a delicious and easy way to learn about the culture, traditions and history of a people. If you are yet to start your journey, learning and tasting your way through Australia’s First Nations cuisine and culture; now is the time to start. We’re showcasing some the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food experiences and tours around Australia.
Aboriginal Dining Experience
Flames of the Forest – Queensland
Treat yourself to a decadent night of fine dining and cultural entertainment in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Listen to the tree frogs and night calls of the rainforest as you dine under an illuminated silk lined marquee. The pairing of local Kuku Yalanji culture with an abundant, locally sourced, seven dish degustation is the perfect combination. Aboriginal culture is infused into every delicious bite and every traditional Kuku Yalanji story, didgeridoo performance and song.
Spirits of the Red Sand – Dinner and Show
Spirits of the Red Sand – Queensland
Learn about Aboriginal history with an immersive and emotional theatre show, then pile your plate high at a bush food-inspired barbecue feast. Move through the Dreamtime to 1800s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collided. From the start of the evening, you will enjoy a live theatre experience, Indigenous song and dance and a delicious 3-course dinner. Think piping hot damper with dipping oils and wild finger lime and macadamia nut bush dukkah, char-grilled kangaroo, emu and crocodile and homemade lemon myrtle cheesecake.
Warakirri Dining Experience Mudgee
Indigiearth Experiences – New South Wales
Let your palate and soul run wild with an exclusive Indigenous five course degustation dining experience. Feel your soul (and your belly) grow, filled with Australian native foods, botanicals, cultural stories and songs all steeped in ancient ritual. This incredibly intimate 4-hour dining experiences is limited to 16 people and showcases the beauty of 60,000 years of culture during a premium bush food dining experience.
Bush Tucker Walk Mullumbimby
Vision Walks Eco Tours – New South Wales
The Australian bush is a giant well stocked supermarket if you know what you’re looking for. Join Delta Kay, an Arakwal woman, to learn about the incredibly diverse range of edible fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves growing naturally in the Australian bush. As you walk Delta will teach you how to identify what’s good to eat and what’s not, how to forage for seasonal produce found in the bush and you’ll also have the opportunity to taste a variety of bush foods along the way.
Bush Tucker Talk and Tasting
Dale Tilbrook Experiences – Western Australia
Combine art, food and culture to create an incredible Aboriginal experience. Just an hour from Perth, wander through a beautiful native garden bursting with bush foods and learn how many Australian plants are not only delicious, but also contain amazing nutrients, antioxidants and promote well-being. As well as learning about Aboriginal agricultural practices, sustainable hunter gathering and the Nyungar Six Seasons. Then enjoy a wholly delicious experience tasting bush foods under the trees. Savour fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, leaves and sweet and savoury dishes.
Southern Cross Cultural Walk
Southern Cross Cultural Walk Lullumb – Western Australia
There is magic to experiencing how food is caught, found and cooked, nothing is better than tasting the result of all your hard work. On the beautiful Dampier Peninsula go foraging for bush foods and learn traditional hunting techniques as you meander through mangroves, paperbark forests, salt plains and creeks. Learning about bush foods and medicines, how to find fresh water, the tides and Aboriginal seasons. Finally, sit on the warm sands of a sparkling blue beach, cooking up all the bush foods you have collected and caught during the tour along with a traditional damper hot from the coals.
Flinders Ranges Sunset Spectacular
Wilpena Pound Resort – South Australia
Spread out your rug, pop open some bubbles and indulge in a decadent cheese board as you experience a sunset like no other. Sit in the watch sunset over Wilpena Pound and the Ikara – Flinders Ranges see the colours change from golden to umber then ochre before a thousand stars shine in the night sky. Listen to the Dreaming of the Adnyamathanha hear the story of how the Akurra (serpents) formed Ikara and Wilpena Pound.
Four Night Arnhem Land Immersion
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris – Northern Territory
A once in a life time bucket list experience of Arnhem Land! Visit Mt Borradaile an Aboriginal sacred site nestled against the vast, green Arnhem Land escarpment. A landscape of rugged ranges fringed by billabongs, seemingly endless flood plains, paperbark swamps and monsoonal rainforests. Discover multiple rock art sites with your local Aboriginal guide, hear the ancient stories and experience the vibrant contemporary Aboriginal culture of this region. All while enjoying elegant four star cabins, swimming pool and fine dining. The award-winning team delivers fresh, healthy meals featuring classic dishes paired with locally sourced produce creating a truly unique dining experience.
All these experiences are inspiring, educational and, let’s not forget a delicious start to your journey exploring First Nation’s foods and cultures. We invite you to eat, enjoy, understand and learn, to make a true connection and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and communities.