Australia — a fan favourite amongst seasoned travellers; especially us Malaysians! and rightly so, considering how the vast country caters to travellers of all ages and interests. Due to its astounding contrasts and breathtaking beauty, Australia merits all the hype.
Discover thriving metropolises, enormous sand islands, ancient rainforests, and the world’s greatest natural wonder — the Great Barrier Reef — all along the coast. Not to mention, it is also home to the oldest, most diversified, most rich civilisation still in existence today.
Some of the world’s most amazing indigenous tourism experiences can be found in Australia’s rich and diverse culture. Aboriginal tribes have long perfected the age-old practice of wellness, which we have come to regard as a modern trend.
In honour of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, here are some inspiring indigenous tourist experiences to learn about that combine culture and healing on a personal level. As the world emerges from a two-year pandemic and borders reopen, now is the moment for travellers to seek out fresh holiday experiences, ways to disconnect, and boost their personal wellness.
Talaroo Hot Springs, Queensland
At this exceptional North Queensland natural wonder, visitors can enjoy the hospitality of the Ewamian Traditional Owners. Immerse yourself in the healing waters of the hot springs, which have long been regarded for their ability to relax the mind and body, or take one of the few available guided excursions of the breathtaking scenery.
Wilpena Pound Resort, South Australia
In the heart of the Flinders Ranges on Adnyamathanha Country, Wilpena Pound Resort is the ideal location from which to experience the awe-inspiring old outback terrain. From cultural walks led by Aboriginal guides to camping out beneath the stars and breathtaking flights, visitors to the area can expect an unforgettable vacation.
Dale Tilbrook Experiences, Western Australia
At the Swan Valley area’s Mandoon Estate, Noongar Elder Dale Tilbrook provides tourists with the opportunity to sample traditional bush meals while learning about regional indigenous cuisine.
Sails in the Desert Hotel, Northern Territory
Experience a 5-star, opulent outback vacation at Uluru with the help of the Aboriginal-owned Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. Enjoy Uluru’s unadulterated natural splendour, the beautiful Mulgara Gallery’s collection of Indigenous art, the region’s cuisine, or one of the luxurious treatments.
Spa Kinara, Northern Territory
Housed within the stunning Longitude 131°, Spa Kinara is an outback oasis of peace and tranquilly, designed in the style of a wiltja — a traditional Aboriginal shelter. Kinara means ‘moon’ in Pitjantjatjara and provides a spiritually grounded, revitalising connection between the traditional country and the huge blue-domed sky. Longitude 131°is a luxury desert basecamp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta offering an essential experience of Australia’s spirited heart.