Aboriginal tourism provides fascinating insights into the life, art and history of one of the world’s longest surviving cultures. Having inhabited Australia’s North West for at least 30,000 years, local tribes left many ancient records of their nomadic way of life throughout the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA).
Authentic Aboriginal Tourism
Today, you can discover and explore Aboriginal history and culture by visiting rock art and spiritual sites with authentic Aboriginal tourism operators and guides. Join a day or extended tour and learn about bush tucker, medicine and spiritual beliefs. Go mud crabbing or fishing. Make traditional hunting spears and boomerangs. Admire ancient rock art.
Historic Aboriginal Sites
The Kimberley and Pilbara regions boast a huge array of Indigenous rock art sites (petroglyphs), stone structures, ceremonial sites and burial sites dating back thousands of years. For those with a keen interest in Aboriginal history and culture, the sites at Newman, the Dampier Peninsula (ARDI) and along the Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park (near Dampier) are fascinating reminders of an ancient land. Rock art can also be seen along the Kimberley coastline.
Aboriginal Art Today
Home to many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, Aboriginal art is a must see in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. There are plenty of galleries showcasing works throughout the North West, such as Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre and Short Street Gallery. To see artists at work, visit an Aboriginal Art Centre that offers studio space like Mangkaja Art Resource Agency Aboriginal Corporation in Fitzroy Crossing. For more information on the location of Aboriginal Art Centres in the North West contact ANKAAA or view map at aboriginalart.org.
Should you wish to travel through Aboriginal communities, permits are available and designed to protect their privacy, preserve heritage and culture and safeguard the natural environment and assist you to travel through reserves through the most direct route. Permission can also be obtained from the resident Aboriginal communities for applicants who want to travel off the main road. For further information on travelling through Aboriginal land contact Department of Aboriginal Affairs on 1300 651 077. Please help preserve these places and enable future generations to discover the region’s fascinating Aboriginal history and culture.
Contact the local visitor centres for more information about Aboriginal art, history and culture or check out the list of Aboriginal tourism operators and those that have an Aboriginal component to their tours.