Indigenous 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 Indigenous Tourism
Today, you can discover and explore Indigenous history and culture by visiting rock art and spiritual sites with authentic Indigenous 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. And admire ancient rock art.
Historic Indigenous 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 Indigenous history and culture, the sites at Newman, the Dampier Peninsula (ARDI) and along the Burrup Peninsula (near Dampier) are a true delight.
Indigenous Art Today
Home to many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, Indigenous art is alive and well 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.
Ancient sites are valuable resources. Please help preserve these places and enable future generations to discover the region’s fascinating Indigenous history and culture. Avoid touching or stepping on the area, take your rubbish with you and do not mark the site in any way.
Contact the local visitor centres for more information about Indigenous art, history and culture, or check out the list of Indigenous tourism operators.