06 June 2022
Planning your next Western Australian holiday? We have put together ten of our best Aboriginal experiences in Western Australia. From Broome to the Pilbara and in the heart of Perth discover Corroborees, taste bush foods glamp under the stars or take the Kimberley trip of a lifetime it’s all here waiting for you. Wander out Yonder and explore Aboriginal experiences in Western Australia.
Experience the power of a traditional corroboree, storytelling, history, bush foods and much more in Broome, Western Australia. Wakaj, meaning “The coming together of family” is a very unique Indigenous experience provided by Mabu Buru Tours and Yatangal. Enjoy a warm welcome from our cultural and wildlife tour guide Johani Mamid. Then Mervyn Mulardy will greet you before leading the Pintirri Dancers into a corroboree performance which is traditionally known as Maru! Whilst being immersed in this experience you will taste traditional damper, hear Dreaming stories, song and dance and most importantly connect to the traditional people of this area as they welcome you into their culture and share their family traditions with you. This is a very special experience and one of its kind in the Broome area.
On the Whadjuk Biddi Kings Park experience, you are invited on a 90 minute cultural journey through beautiful Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park). Beginning at the Giant Boab ‘Gija Jumulu’ tree, your guide honours guests with a Welcome to Country before sharing the story of the Boab Tree. As guests wander through spectacular Kings Park, taking in sweeping views along the tree top walk, Olman shares details of the region’s history, hunting and cultural traditions and the seasonality of the Noongar six seasons. Seated in a man-made amphitheatre named Beedawong, guests then listen as Olman showcases the sounds of musical instruments such as the Didgeridoo and shares the ancient and contemporary uses of traditional artefacts.
Join your guide Aunty Pat Torres, on a tour in Broome where she will share her passion for the intricate nature and beauty of Aboriginal culture from a woman’s perspective. Teaching guests about the sacredness of the land and the deep spiritual connection to it, including the plants, the trees and the animals. Aunty Pat shares the significance of the plants used in the Smoking Ceremony and then shares her stories from an Aboriginal women’s Dreaming perspective and the cultural stories of the site. Sample native foods whilst sipping refreshing bush tea as Aunty Pat teaches you some local words in her traditional language. This unique Aboriginal cultural tour of Broome is particularly special as it is Pat’s Dreaming site – her birth site.
The Karijini Glamping Experience is a truly unique opportunity to discover all that the stunning Karijini National Park has to offer. The complex ecology of this ancient part of the Earth has been shaped over 2.5 billion years. Explore the landscape of the national park, dotted with spectacular sites from incredible gorges to dramatic waterfalls and towering chasms. Stay in luxury amidst the national park with beautifully designed tents featuring cosy, high quality bedding, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration. Feel connected to nature even when inside your beautiful, spacious home for the night with floors made from recycled timber, front and rear decks and natural ventilation. With an on-site al-fresco restaurant, bar and shared barbecue facilities there are ample options to dine and refuel for your next adventure in the National Park.
One of the last great wilderness frontiers on earth the Kimberley is big, wild and remote, offering adventures that dreams are made of. Air Kimberley offers you a truly unique and spectacular opportunity to experience the Kimberley with their Iconic Kimberley Safari. Start your journey of discovery as you see the turquoise waters and white sands of Roebuck Bay stretch out below you. See the winding Fitzroy River and the Napier Ranges before you enter the gorge country. Fly over Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park, World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park home of the Bungle Bungle Range, as well as Cathedral Gorge, Mini Palms, Geikie Gorge and Echidna Chasm. On the ground join your Aboriginal guide and walk the Bungle Bungle Range, explore Purnululu National Park, Cathedral Gorge and Dome Walk, learning about bush foods and the Dreamtime along the way.
A truly unique and personal experience Terrance invites you to walk with him on his spectacular homelands where, depending on the tides and the season you will get to try your hand at “hooking” your own mud crab or fish, view a natural aquarium rock pool teeming with local sea creatures, discover the ecosystem within the mangroves or discover how generations of Bard Baniol people sourced regular and plentiful supplies of fresh fish. To complete this beautiful experience, you will return to the Howard homestead to rest, relax and have a cold drink while Terrance cooks up the days catch. You will even get the chance to taste a King Sound Speciality the spicy Howard Blachung, a unique family recipe handed down through generations.
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 join Bolo on the Southern Cross-Cultural Walk. 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.
Aboriginal culture is everywhere, even in the cities. Explore Perth, Western Australia with Djurandi Dreaming during your next city escape. Spend an evening wandering Elizabeth Quay with your Nyungar cultural guide and watch the dazzling lights of the city dance on the Swan River as you learn about the Nyungar Dreaming. Stopping along the way, hear the stories behind some of the stunning public art surrounding the Quay, from Laurel Nannup’s ‘First Contact’ sculpture to beautiful pieces by Bessie Rischbieth. Dreaming in the Quay is about interacting with your local Aboriginal guide opening your mind by experiencing traditional Dreamtime stories. Your guide will talk about past and present Nyungar history and give a true historical understanding of the Nyungar people of the Swan River.
Visit the beautiful Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley and taste some bush tucker with Dale Tilbrook. The Mandoon Estate Bush Tucker Tasting offers the perfect starter to Noongar culture, bush food and Aboriginal farming. Dale is a Noongar Elder and has a wealth of knowledge about Australian native edibles. Join Dale and sample different bush tucker fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and leaves and try some savoury and sweet bush tucker dishes. While you are enjoying the native flavours listen to stories from decades past about Indigenous farming methods and the history of the Noongar peoples from this ancient land.
Experience Western Australia’s Pilbara region through the the eyes of a Traditional Owner. Join Ngurrangga Tours and discover the Burrup Peninsula located in Murujuga National Park. The National Park has the highest concentration of rock art in the world, the art is approximately 40,000 years old and there is up to 1 million rock art images scattered across the entire Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago. It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage sites and an important cultural place for local Aboriginal people.
To learn more about all the experiences available in Western Australia visit: https://www.welcometocountry.com/collections/western-australia.