UNRIVALLED ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCES // ISSUE 4
Kaya, or welcome in the language of the Noongar people of the southwest corner of Western Australia. In this fourth edition of Connect to Country, a digital publication presented by Tourism Australia and Discover Aboriginal Experiences, we are packing our pyjamas to experience how overnight adventures can enrich the experience of being on Country.
And, with some of Australia’s most luxurious accommodation providers teaming up with Aboriginal tour providers, we give you a taste of some of the tempting options for those who would prefer to experience culture in five-star comfort.
Then we take a deep dive into how Aboriginal peoples continue to protect and rejuvenate Country, including through programs like the Indigenous Ranger Conservation and Land Management Initiative. This program supports Indigenous communities in Australia to care for their lands, waters, and cultural heritage.
In lutruwita/Tasmania's northeast, palawa guide Carleeta Thomas accompanies hikers on the wukalina Walk — a four-day, three-night Aboriginal-owned and guided hiking and cultural experience along the white sand beaches of larapuna/the Bay of Fires. Carleeta, who grew up muttonbirding on Barron Island, talks about her love of sharing her connection to Country with guests.
Finally, we explore how Tourism Australia’s embrace of the dual naming of cities and other geographical features to include the original Aboriginal names is shining a brighter light on the country’s rich Indigenous heritage — and enhancing the visitor experience.
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this publication may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.