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25 June 2021

Experience Big – Experience Western Australia

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It’s time to experience Western Australia, to go big and to discover Aboriginal experiences like no other.

Escape the usual and discover the incredible in Western Australia. Explore 40 thousand-year-old rock art in the Kimberley, tour pearl farms and abandoned diamond mines, walk the Bungle Bungles and marvel at the Staircase to the Moon. Then at night discover the big Western Australia sky, see the stars like never before with Aboriginal astronomy, discover the city lights of Perth or sit under a thousand stars listening to the Dreamtime.

Western Australia has a huge variety of incredible Aboriginal experiences available right across Australia’s biggest state. From the big city to big nature, delicious bushfood to incredible art, Western Australia has Aboriginal experiences guaranteed to make every trip extraordinary.

Aboriginal art and culture is all around and not just in the Kimberley or Outback, Perth is bursting with urban Aboriginal experiences. Discover the city’s Aboriginal history and culture on the South Perth Cultural Walking Tour or meander through Kings Park on Yorga’s Walk. Be captivated as your guide shares the stories of this sacred landscape, hear about the Yorga’s place or women and children’s place.

You can also spend the day Finding Yagan, walk through the city centre and discover Yagan Square’s. Learn about the square’s unique artworks, architecture, stories and the connection and importance of Yagan, a warrior and hero, to the local Aboriginal community.

There is something magical about hearing the Dreamtime under the stars, it evokes the powerful connection between many Dreamtimes stories and the night sky. Take a night tours of Elizabeth Quay, see the Perth cityscape illuminated and hear traditional Dreamtime stories associated with the city, river and night sky.

Did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the world’s original and oldest Astronomers? Join an Aboriginal Astronomy tour to learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather.

A warm fire and a sky full of stars make a magnificent setting to hear the Dreamtime. On the Didgeridoo Dreaming night tour listen to the didgeridoo, as you hear about Gutharraguda and enjoy fresh seafood and bush tucker cooked by the warm campfire.

Whether cooked on a camp fire or dined on with wine and white table cloths bushfood always make for a deliciously different Aboriginal experience. Visit beautiful Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley and taste bushfoods with Dale Tilbrook. The Mandoon Estate Bush Tucker Tasting offers the perfect starter to Noongar culture, bushfood and Aboriginal farming.

Or have a hands-on bush tucker experience. Southern Cross Cultural Walk will show you Bardi-Jawi culture and hunting and gathering techniques passed down through generations. Alternatively The Pilbara is full of edible fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves, join a Bush Tucker Tour of Hearson Cove to learn about coastal foraging. Learn what is good to eat and where to find it!

One of the last great wilderness frontiers on earth The Kimberley is big, wild and remote, offering adventures that dreams are made of. Experience the natural wonders of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. On the Purnululu Extended Day Trek with Scenic Flight you will wander amongst the Bungle Bungles, see Echidna Chasm and look out over Catherdal Gorge.

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In the East Kimberley discover the ranges, gorges, lakes and rivers of Kununurra. See the art and culture of the Miriwoong people with Waringarri, listen to the local stories and snack on damper as the sunsets majestically over the ranges. With Waringarri you can also tour Waringarri Art Centre, the oldest Aboriginal owned art centre in Western Australia, and receive a sneak-peak into the latest pieces artists are working on.

Art isn’t just on gallery walls it is the walls. Take a Rock Art Tour of Murujuga National Park and discover the highest concentration of rock art in the world. See the 40,000 year old petroglyphs (rock art) created by the Yaburrara people of the Dampier Peninsula.

As the moon rises over the long flat waters of the Indian ocean it creates the magical illusion of a Staircase to the Moon and this elegant natural phenomenon is unique to Western Australia. When the moon and tides are just right you can watch the staircase emerge from the coastline, but each vantage offers a slightly different Staircase to the Moon. Adventure to Roebuck Bay and sit on Buccaneer Rock to experience the Broome Staircase to the Moon. Or see the Staircase to the Moon across Hearson’s Cove near Karratha, from the ultimate viewpoint, with the staircase starting right at your feet!

Escape the usual and discover some of Western Australia’s most unique places and Aboriginal experiences. Take a scenic flight over the Argyle Diamond Mine before touring the mine with a Traditional Owner from Luridgii Tours. Hearing how the mine and surrounds are part of the Jaliwang (Barramundi) Dreaming Story.

Learn what life on a remote pearl farm is like on the Borrgoron Coast to Creek Tour at Cygnet Bay. Join Terry Hunter, a fourth-generation pearler and proud Bardi man as you hear his family history, forage for rock oysters and learn how to find fresh water.

Or go deep underground to an ancient battleground. Watch Aboriginal history and culture come to life on the Ngilgi Cave Cultural Tour. Ngilgi Cave in the Margaret River region, takes its name from the good ocean spirit who ousted the evil spirit, Wolgine, restoring water and food to the local Wardandi people.

To learn more about all the experiences available in Western Australia visit: https://www.welcometocountry.com/collections/western-australia.