The Aboriginal people of Australia are the world’s oldest living culture, with their rich history stretching back at least 50,000 years. To this day, the country remains extremely proud of this heritage, and the Aboriginal people still thrive across many parts of Australia. Even in the large, modern cities that have come to define most of the country in the present day, there are clear influences of these cultures wherever you look.
We explored the five best locations across Australia for discovering and appreciating the Aboriginal people and their culture.
While the whole area in the middle of the country is colloquially known as the ‘Red Centre,’ it is Uluru that is the most famous site for people around the world. Uluru is sacred to the Aboriginal people, and by heading to the national park you can walk the area with a guide who will explain the importance and historical significance of the rock to the indigenous people.
Away from Uluru, the town of Alice Springs shows heavy signs of Aboriginal influence, with many treks from the town leading to existing modern day settlements and communities.
Kakadu National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Australia’s biggest national park and the site of hundreds of pointers to the rich history of the country. Artwork in rocks and caves has been estimated to be around the 50,000 years old mark, while the site is also a hotspot for the migration of millions of birds during the southern hemisphere summer.
More ominous wildlife, such as crocodiles, also await in this magical location.
Kimberley, Western Australia
Kimberley was one of the places in Australia inhabited by indigenous peoples, and signs of this remain today, with the mysterious ‘Gwion Gwion’ rock painting attracting thousands of visitors a year.
As well as providing clues about Australian history, Kimberley is also one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth, with sandstone and limestone gorges housing vibrant greenery and wildlife of all species.
Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
Daintree is the oldest rainforest in the world, and also the largest continuous woodland system in the whole of Australasia. While it has historically been, and remains, the home of the Wujal Wujal people, it is also a vibrant wildlife community, another hotspot for bird migration, and contains the small settlement of Cape Tribulation, which offers tourist amenities including bed and breakfast facilities and eco-lodges.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Due to their location right outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are something of a forgotten treasure when it comes to Australian tourism. However, there are many Aboriginal guides in the region who are happy to share all the secrets of the local area with you, and leave you feeling like you have been given a window through which to view the ‘real Australia.’
This is an article created and written by Rob, an industry expert in location-based travel from Australia. Rob works for Transfercar,a company that provides vehicle rentals across Australia to provide free car and campervan hire to travellers, in exchange for delivering relocation campervans and cars back to hire stations across the country.