In pantries right around Australia you’re guaranteed to find ingredients from all sorts of exotic destinations.
For example, Asian curry powders are pretty much ubiquitous in the modern Aussie kitchen. But very few of us have probably ever cooked using native bush foods or ingredients like warrigal greens or wattleseed. Renowned Indigenous chef and Bundjalung man, Mark Olive has dedicated his entire life to helping fix this through his regular TV appearances, a pop-up restaurant in his hometown of Wollongong and a new Australian Native Ingredients Experience which brings Indigenous ingredients and cooking spices into our own homes. This gift box features a selection of 14 Australian spices and fruit powders in a combination of 3 to 30 gram packs and can be purchased online.
NATIVE INGREDIENTS EXPERIENCE | AU$149
This four-day walk along Tasmania’s breathtaking coastline - taking in the iconic beaches of larapuna (Bay of Fires) – offers a rare window into Tasmania's Aboriginal culture.
The walk rises over Mt William, otherwise known as wukalina to the palawa people, and includes two nights at the captivating krakani lumi camp. This unmatched wilderness experience sleeping beneath the stars, has guests sleeping in wooden sleeping pods which rise like dimples in the scrub. The walls of these understated pods winch open to reveal safari tent-style accommodation and beds draped with wallaby skins. A large, central domed common living area is also designed to mimic and reflect the 176 palawa shelters that once lined this coastline.
WUKALINA WALK | From AU$2695pp
The small group Crossing Country Yolŋu Dhukarr tour is one of the best immersive Indigenous experiences in the Top End.
Over four nights, become part of a small Yolŋu community taking part in daily activities such as weaving, fishing, bush food gathering, dance and storytelling. Learn about Yolŋu kinship, traditional lore and language, both spoken and sign. Gain a rare insight into Yolŋu culture, and the Yolŋu peoples’ connection to land and sea.
CROSSING COUNTRY - YOLNU DHUKARR TOUR | From AU$2399pp
The Emu in the Sky is one of Australia's most famous and recognisable local constellations.
For Indigenous Australians, it holds special significance because emus were creator spirits who looked over the land. With virtually no light pollution, stable air, and uninterrupted views of the night sky right across the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound Resort offers some of the best outback stargazing in all of Australia. Join Adnyamathanha local guides every night at the resort or keep an eye out for the dedicated astrophotography weekends which run throughout the year.
WILPENA POUND RESORT | From AU$310pn
Contemporary Australian music has a powerful new face. In particular, there are three Indigenous musicians and rappers who are inspiring and helping to define a new generation of young Indigenous Australians. They're creating new music that means something to them and their culture.
From the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland, Miiesha is a proud Pitjantjatjara Torres Strait Islander woman who has been singing since she was a young girl.
Rapper and Aussie Hip Hop artist Birdz, a Butchulla man from K'gari (Fraser Island) spent time in Canada, the US and Melbourne honing his craft. His new song ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ has been a huge hit.
Emily Wurramara is a Warnindhilyagwa woman from Groote Eylandt in the Top End. She's changing the face of Australian music.
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