Blak Markets held at Bare Island, La Perouse. Image credit: Nina Pickering
NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. In 2016, there are NAIDOC Week events planned across NSW from 3-10 July. NSW boasts a number of new immersive Indigenous tourism experiences that provide more opportunities to educate and discover. A luxe Dreamtime tour in the Hawkesbury, inner Sydney tour with respected Aboriginal elders, artefact making and bush tucker tasting in Wagga and a two day camp walking ancient trails and discovering sacred sites hidden in the Northern Rivers rainforest are just some of what’s on offer.
Enjoy some of these Indigenous tourism experiences this NAIDOC Week:
- An Authentic Aboriginal Experience with Spendour Tailored Tours: Spend half a day visiting sacred Dreamtime sites throughout the inner city with one of Sydney’s most respected Aboriginal elders and learn the history and great significance of the area
- My Dreamtime ‘Ngurrumpaa’ Luxe Detour: Enjoy one or three day tours exploring along the Hawkesbury River and into Yengo National Park. Share open discussions with Aboriginal Elders, get involved in artefact making, traditional dance and more. Luxury tent accommodation, bush tucker lunch and private guide included
My Dreamtime ‘Ngurrumpaa’ Luxe Detour
- Aboriginal Culture Experience by Seaplane with South Coast Seaplanes: Take a tour of the Bingi Dreaming track and learn about the special significance of the local Aboriginal people and the sacred Gulaga Mountain. Experience a scenic 30 minute seaplane flight over Montague Island before enjoying lunch on the water at Quarterdeck Narooma
South Coast Seaplanes
- Gulaga Creation Tour – Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness: Journey to the sacred Gulaga Mountain, on the NSW South Coast near Narooma, on a 40 hour experience with the traditional custodians of Yuin country
Ngaran Ngaran Culture
- Unkya Cultural Tours: Experience an educational tour focusing on the creation of the ocean and the Gumbaynggirr people’s deep connection to the coast. The Whale Trail Tour is a 1.5 hour walk around Scotts Headland and Little Beach, while the Beach South Tour is a 3.5 hour scenic bush & beach walk including bush tucker tasting, food sources and medicinal plants
- Bundyi Cultural Tours: Be immersed in a full cultural experience highlighting Wiradjuri cultural areas and language around Wagga Wagga. Proud Wiradjuri man Mark Saddler will tell the stories of the local people, artefacts, scar trees and bush tucker
Bundyi Cultural Tours
- Jaali Tours: Explore Bundjalung country in the Northern NSW hinterland with a two day camp walking ancient trails and discovering sacred places hidden in the rainforest. Enjoy daily walks up the mountains overlooking Wollumbin and Night Cap, hear Dreamtime stories from local Elders, prepare native food and camp overnight under the stars.