Uluru (or Ayers Rock, as it is sometimes known), is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, but it also acts as a hugely important part of Aboriginal history. The huge monolith and its surrounding landscape, including the unique formation of Kata Tjuta, have formed an integral part of the region’s cultural heritage. Though it was “officially” discovered in the 1800s, according to the Pitjantjatjara tribe, Uluru came about thousands of years ago during the legendary Dreamtime.
In the Grampians you can learn more about Aboriginal life. At the Cultural Centre, you can paint a boomerang, watch interactive presentations, and discover more about the Indigenous history that characterises the rugged landscape.
In the Daintree Rainforest you can get to know the local Kuku Yalanji people who have resided in the area for centuries and centuries. You can have a warm welcome with a traditional smoking ceremony and be taken on a guided tour by one of the local people.
For a creative look into the Aboriginal history of Australia, head to the Nourlangie Rock Art Site, where you can discover rock paintings that are thousands of years old. As well as exploring the historic natural galleries, you’ll learn more about the history of Aboriginal people in this area through the unique illustrations that tell of ancient stories and traditions.
Arnhem Land boasts a historic landscape filled with rugged terrain and a fascinating cultural heritage. Set in the northeast of the Northern Territory, it spreads out amongst surreal scenery where the traditional landowners, the Yolngu people still live today. To visit, you must have a permit but, once there, you can discover Aboriginal bark paintings and didgeridoos that are on display at the local Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre.