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Brisbane: First Nations experiences

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You needn’t travel far to embark on an immersive journey through First Nations art, storytelling, performance and food. Brisbane is home to an array of experiences and events that embrace First Nations culture and history, from inner-city galleries to rural retreats. Learn more about Brisbane’s rich First Nations heritage and influence with these experiences.

QAGOMA’s First Artists: Cultural Experiences

Celebrate and connect with First Nations art and culture at QAGOMA’s (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art) immersive First Artists: Cultural Experiences program. Developed in collaboration with Brisbane-founded Blaklash Creative, the program offers two unique and enriching experiences that hero First Nations art, music, native food, dance, culture and storytelling. The Exceptional Indigenous Art & Dining Experience begins with a powerful Welcome to Country and a private after-hours tour of the gallery’s artworks with a First Nations storyteller, artist and curator before hosting a dinner created by Koori Chef Chris Jordan in collaboration with QAGOMA’s Head Chef, Aaron Holt. The Evening Indigenous Experience also features a private tour and culinary delights from the two chefs as well as an interactive, hands-on activity led by a local Indigenous artist. 

Yarriba Dreaming

Reconnect in nature on a three-day Indigenous immersion tour of Mount Barney Lodge in the Scenic Rim, a destination recently crowned by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit. Led by Gurruhmun ‘Old Man Kangaroo’, a Ugarapul and Bidjara Man, the tour offers a rare opportunity to participate in cultural practices and experiences including a traditional smoking ceremony, storytelling around an ancient birthing water hole, bush tucker sampling and hunting skills including spear and boomerang throwing. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of Indigenous Australian culture and practices and a spiritual connection to the idyllic landscape.

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Delvene Cockatoo Collins Art

Proud Quandamooka woman and artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins creates art and designs textiles and clothing to express the stories of her family’s lived experiences on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. Delvene’s artwork, handprinted homewares, sculptures and ceramics can be viewed and purchased from her retail store and studio in Goompi/Dunwich. Experience Minjerribah through the artist’s eyes with a three-hour cultural experience that includes a walking tour of the Island’s public art and a workshop where you can create your own art to take home. 

Nyanda Cultural Tours

Tour Nudgee Waterhole Reserve under the knowledgeable guidance of members of the Jagera people and experience Aboriginal storytelling, a smoke ceremony, weaving and cultural demonstrations. Sample traditional bush foods including wattle seed damper with rosella, wild lime and lilly pilly jams and Nyanda’s special lemon myrtle cordial. Through hands-on experiences, traditions and customs, you can forge a strong connection to First Nations culture and understand the significance of the waterholes to the Jagera people. Tours operate daily by appointment between 9am and 4pm. 

Dreamtime Kullilla‑Art

Dreamtime Kullilla-Art is a family-owned and operated art gallery in the Redcliffe Peninsula fostering respect and appreciation for Aboriginal culture through art and craft. The store has a range of authentic products created by Indigenous artists and craftspeople such as boomerangs, books, medicines, bush tucker, digeridoos and accessories available for purchase. Resident artist Michael Connolly is often in-store, crafting his range of beautiful artworks on canvas, didgeridoos, bark and other items and is always happy to spin a story or offer an exclusive tour of his studio space. Open Monday to Saturday. 

Birrunga Gallery & Dining   

Birrunga Gallery & Dining is a First Nations-owned gallery and café in Brisbane City and has won national recognition for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food experiences. The culturally immersive hub is a café by day and wine bar by night, serving modern Australian cuisine with a native bush tucker twist. Its gallery space exhibits First Nations contemporary art and includes a performance space for an immersive Indigenous cultural experience. Open Monday to Wednesday, 7am to 2pm, Thursday and Friday 7am to late and Saturday 9am to 2pm. 

Blackcard Cultural Tours   

Walk in the footsteps of Aboriginal ancestors through the heart of Meeanjin/Brisbane City with Blackcard Cultural Tours. Choose from one of its three unique tour offerings: the 90-minute  Brisbane Aboriginal Cultural Tour  or  Kurilpa Point and Cultural Precinct Walking Tour  or the three-hour  Cultural Tour and Weaving Session with Bush Tucker Tasting . Learn about Brisbane’s public collection of Aboriginal art and discover hidden gems on these memorable and eye-opening tours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your drink bottle, hat and camera.

Yura Tours - Cultural Picnic Experience on Minjerribah.

Embrace the rich Indigenous culture at Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island on one of three packed Yura Tours itineraries. Engage in the Sand Beneath my Feet Cultural Walk and follow in the footsteps of the Island’s Quandamooka ancestors as you learn about their traditions. The tour takes you on an easy walk along the beach to Adder Rock for the South‑Passage Dreamtime Story. The Minjerribah Cultural Experience - Driving Tour begins with a beautiful Welcome to Country before exploring the Island and connecting you to Country. Learn about Minjerribah creation stories and its beautiful flora and fauna on the Land-Based Cultural Walking Tour. Depending on the time of year, you may spot the magical yallingbilla (whale) on their annual migration or spy native dolphins, kangaroos and turtles. 

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Aboriginal Art Co.  

Located in South Brisbane near the Cultural Precinct, Aboriginal Art Co. is a First-Nations-led and-managed space that encompasses a retail shop, boutique gallery, outdoor courtyard and artist-in-residence studio. The one-of-a-kind multi-purpose space and meeting place invites visitors to connect with First Nations art and artists and explore the rich diversity and authentic history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and artistic expression. From First Nations art to prints, sculptures, gifts and clothing, you’ll find it all in the one location. 

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Yearning to learn the age-old customs of Southeast Queensland’s aboriginal custodians? You’ll find a slew of indigenous experiences in Brisbane and the surrounding region .

From art galleries to Dreamtime walking tours and traditional native cuisine, we’re covering the top seven options.

Spirits of the Red Sand

This award-winning Beenleigh centre showcases the world’s oldest living culture through theatrics. The Evening Experience combines a three-course dinner with a roving multi-stage performance. Over two hours, the show spans ancient aboriginal history to the tumultuous colonial era.

Corporate and educational groups can book daytime activities like cultural awareness workshops and didgeridoo lessons.

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Aboriginal Art Co.

Situated in South Brisbane, Aboriginal Art Co. is a First Nations-run non-profit promoting indigenous arts. The group empowers aboriginal artists by giving consumers direct access to their work.

Swing by the on-site gallery or sign up for weaving or jewellery-making workshops. Scheduled Cultural Centre Precinct tours take in indigenous murals and sculptures.

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Nyanda Cultural Tours

Nyanda Cultural Tours offers cultural awareness training for schools, conferences and corporate groups. Located near the Nudgee Waterholes, the company boasts an authentic bushland setting.

The program has a strong focus on traditional bush tucker. Expect to learn about exotic ingredients from Australia’s immense botanical diversity. Tours operate by appointment only.

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Birrunga Gallery & Dining

Located in the CBD, Birrunga is Brisbane’s premiere aboriginal art gallery. The small but insightful space showcases original works from talented resident artists. If you’re hungry, the on-site café serves classic Mod-Oz dishes with a distinct indigenous twist.

Keen to wax lyrical with the creators? Book a guided tour with a resident First Nations artist. These passionate people provide valuable behind-the-artwork insights.

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Black Card Visitor Tours

Black Card has become one of Brisbane’s leading cultural training centres. Run by two astute indigenous women, the centre helps the business sector develop cultural competency.

BlackCard also currently runs aboriginal culture tours for the general public. The trips cover indigenous customs, history, and art across Brisbane. Some even include bush tucker tastings and weaving sessions.

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Quandamooka Tours

Located on sun-drenched Minjerribah ( North Stradbroke Island ), Quandamooka showcases its pristine natural beauty. Rather than indoor workshops, the company runs outdoor walking tours and whale-watching cruises.

Expert indigenous guides provide insightful commentary on their spiritual home. Learn about age-old customs and traditional food and medicine foraging techniques.

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Yarriba Dreaming

Mount Barney serves as the magnificent backdrop for this outdoorsy aboriginal tour provider. Indigenous guides lead groups through spectacular Scenic Rim terrain . Walks range from short, family-friendly stints to intensive fitness-orientated programs.

For a next-level adventure, sign up for the Yarriba Dreaming tour. The three-day trip encompasses traditional ceremonies, bush survival, hunting techniques and artistic workshops.

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We’re always looking for fresh new ways to promote aboriginal experiences in our region.

For example, our Brisbane to Byron Food Trail includes an indigenous-led walking tour of Cape Byron. Participants get historical insights and traditional bush tucker tastings courtesy of an esteemed Arakwal woman.

We’ve got plenty more ideas in the pipeline, so watch this space.

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Uncover the history and culture of this beautiful region through the eyes of its traditional custodians.

By Allie Metz

You don’t have to visit the outback to discover Australia’s Aboriginal culture. It thrives in all major cities, on land where Indigenous peoples have lived for tens of thousands of years. Listen to Dreamtime stories as you learn about their traditional ways of life and how their people have adapted to the changing landscape of their custodial lands.

Spirits of the Red Sand

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Spirits of the Red Sand, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Where : Beenleigh, about 45 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Set in an authentic pre-European Aboriginal village, Spirits of the Red Sand is an immersive cultural and theatrical experience. By day, guests can participate in all aspects of Aboriginal life, including tasting bush tucker, boomerang painting and listening to Dreamtime stories. In the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner as you watch a masterpiece of Aboriginal storytelling. Through traditional song, dance, culture and community, witness the experience of three Aboriginal brothers and their families as they are confronted by the arrival of the first Europeans. The two ways of living collide and audiences will be captivated by this unforgettable story.

BlackCard Cultural Tours

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 BlackCard Cultural Tours, Brisbane, Queensland © Telan Lindsey Photography/BlackCard Cultural Tours

Where : Brisbane city centre

Walk in the footsteps of the ancestors of the Turrbal people as you explore Meeanjin (Brisbane City) with an Aboriginal guide. Learn about Aboriginal art in the city, hear ancient knowledge passed through generations and watch meaningful cultural performances. BlackCard Cultural Tours gives you the opportunity to go beneath the modern city and discover a truly authentic, warm and culturally inclusive welcome to Brisbane.

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Come in August to experience the Quandamooka Festival which features a program of live music, dance, art and cultural workshops.

Where : North Stradbroke Island, a 25-minute ferry from Cleveland near Brisbane

Join Quandamooka Coast on Australia’s only Indigenous-operated whale watching cruise. Tours operate from June to September in the waters off Mulgumpin ( Moreton Island ) and Minjerribah ( North Stradbroke Island ) and guides provide cultural and scientific knowledge about the whales and their migration. If you prefer to stay on dry land, join a cultural walk to identify bush tucker and medicinal plants and hear traditional Creation stories. You will gain a first-hand understanding of how the Aboriginal people of Minjerribah have lived for at least 25,000 years.

Birrunga Gallery and Dining

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Birrunga Gallery & Dining, Brisbane, Queensland © Jesse Lindemann, Tourism and Events Queensland

Art gallery, performance space, café venue and a licensed wine bar, Birrunga Gallery and Dining is the only Indigenous-owned and operated cultural hub in Brisbane. The gallery supports First Nations artists, and visitors can view the art while relaxing in the café and enjoying a modern meal with bush tucker influences. The gallery also hosts their First Nations Artisan Market on the second Saturday of every month where visitors can purchase unique wares by local artists.

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Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Jellurgal Cultural Tour at Burleigh Heads, Queensland © Chris Proud, Tourism and Events Queensland

 Jellurgal Cultural Tour at Burleigh Heads, Queensland © Chris Proud, Tourism and Events Queensland

Where : Burleigh Heads, about 20 minutes from the Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads is a culturally significant area for the local Yugambeh people, having once been a feasting ground for Indigenous travellers passing through the region.  Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers guided walks of the local area with a focus on Aboriginal history and culture on the Gold Coast. You’ll hear the Dreamtime stories of Jellurgal (Burleigh Heads) as you stroll the picturesque beachside walkway and discover culturally significant sites. Learn about traditional life in the area, including where to find bush tucker and the ecological practices employed by the Yugambeh-speaking people for thousands of years. The centre also operates an art gallery showcasing works from local Aboriginal artists.

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Tweed Eco Cruises, New South Wales © Tweed Eco Cruises 

Where : Tweed heads, about 40 minutes from the Gold Coast

For a chance to forage your own food, join Yugambeh Aboriginal Tribe Member Luther Cora as he retraces the footsteps of his ancestral people through the Terranora Lakes mangrove system in search of mud crab. On this unique tour , you will learn about traditional hunting methods and try your hand at using a bamboo spear to catch mudcrabs, stingrays and fish. The morning’s catch will be cooked on an open fire as your guides tell Yugambeh stories and play the didgeridoo. The tour also explores modern commercial fishing practices as you cruise through oyster leases, taste freshly shucked oysters and try yabbie pumping and fishing.

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Right from the first contact via phone with Culture Connect, we were given good information as to what to expect. The tour from point of pickup to return to our caravan park was well organised and very professional. Both the tour driver and the traditional owner who was our guide made us at ease and were very knowledgeable. Both were more than happy to answer any questions. We thoroughly recommend the trip to everybody.

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A unique and privileged way to explore our wonderful country. Not only did we see amazing indigenous rock art but we were able to appreciate the flora and countryside that Far North Queensland has to offer. Cliff and Roger were generous hosts and I would have no difficulty in recommending this experience to family and friends.

It was a privilege to be shown the country and the Aboriginal art work by Vince. I’m blown away that Vince and his family, has such generosity of heart to share their proud history and land. Educational and insightful tour that provides much opportunity for reflection. Thank you so much Therese Skene Victoria.

Our full day tour started with a visit to wonderful rock art, some quite unlike any we had seen before in an isolated peaceful area of country. Dylan had many stories to illustrate the paintings and in the afternoon we did an extensive tour of the station to see management issues and environmental problems and proposed solutions. It was a day well spent in his company on the family’s outback cattle station.

We had a wonderful tour led by our guide Pando. We would definitely recommend culture connect tours to anyone that is interested in learning about Australia’s indigenous cultures.

Steve & Jacquie

Really outstanding experience. Traditional owners shared wonderful stories about their country. The country is beautiful, the art breathtaking, and there was a lot of laughing. Highly recommended.

My wife & I had a wonderful day with Padno and his brothers at Culture Connect. We visited aboriginal rock art in the morning which was really extraordinary & then Padno & his brothers’ cattle property where we were shown some of the improvements they had made & were told of their tourist plans for the future. We recommend this tour for all visitors to Cooktown.

Fantastic, small group eco and cultural tourism operation. It was a privilege to hear their story and to view the rock art of their country. Thanks, Vince and Cliff !

Vince was a great guide to this amazing experience. He was friendly and informative and led us along the river bed, across the river and through the rocky land to the art. It can be quite an emotional experience to feel the presence of history and the ancestors who created these expressions of their lives in this land.

My two sisters and I had a marvellous time with our guide Cliff. It was obvious from the very start that Cliff has a deep love of his country and is very happy to share it with others. The Rock Art itself is wonderful and to experience it is extremely moving. Totally recommend this tour. They are desperate for someone to carbon date this site.

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“Culture Connect is about connecting people with Aboriginal culture.”

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Our aim is to take people on a journey, not only physically but also spiritually. We hope the landscape comes alive in their mind and they can understand and feel the story. With each experience our guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs from the Traditional Owners.

We believe that the future for Aboriginal people to be empowered is to support business ventures on homelands. We recognize that Tourism and Education is a way to keep traditional and contemporary cultural practices alive.

Culture Connect offers people unique Aboriginal cultural experiences in Australia.

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Aboriginal Cultural Tours and Bush Food Experience

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CULTURAL AWARENESS TOURS

Nyanda delivers tailored cultural awareness training to suit our clients’ core business and needs. We recognise that that for true reconciliation to occur there needs to be someone that understands where you are coming from and how to lead the way towards reconciliation, not only in our journey and experience of nationhood, but in the workplace too.

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TEAM BUILDING

Relying on teamwork is the basis of any successful business or organisation. Productive and effective relationships are strengthened not only by challenging experiences, but by periods or repose and relaxation.

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CONFERENCE / EVENT

Nyanda is the perfect place for hosting an event, whether it’s a birthday celebration or end of year business party. With plenty of space for the kids (and adults) to run around and expend their energy and a place for the parents to sit back and enjoy a drink.

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VISITOR TOURS

A way for visitors to uniquely experience a connection to this ancient & culturally significant Aboriginal environment located so close to the City of Brisbane.

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SCHOOL TOURS

Nyanda school tours are a unique opportunity for students to learn about First Nations people in a beautifully preserved natural and culturally significant area.

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We are always constantly inspired by unique native Australian flavours, their versatility and compatability with flavours from all over the world and their ability to stand all on their own!

Wunya ... Welcome ... to Nyanda

We are conveniently situated only 25 mins from the heart of Brisbane city at the picturesque Nudgee Waterholes.

Visitor tours operate daily between 9am-4pm by appointment only.

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Enjoy a tasty introduction to native Australian ingredients in delicious dishes in a one-of-a-kind floating feast.

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Perhaps you didn’t expect this corner of Australia to have such a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage. Learn the lesser-known stories of Brisbane/Meeanjin and beyond on an Aboriginal experience.

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Discover Aboriginal Experiences launches exciting trade and media offerings

Journalists and trade can take a deep dive into the DAE collective via the freshly launched 2024 Discover Aboriginal Experiences Media Kit, which contains a comprehensive portfolio of stories and ideas to inspire features and offer insights into Australia’s rich history and the world’s oldest living cultures.

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Discover Aboriginal Experiences welcomes five new members

From Broome in Western Australia to a World Heritage-listed site in Victoria, the five newest members in the Discover Aboriginal Experiences portfolio offer a range of eye-opening experiences lasting from a few hours to a few days.

As custodians of the land, Anangu hold the Mala story from Kaltukatjara to Uluru. To share their story from Kaltukatjara to Uluru, RAMUS designed and produced an artistic platform using drones, light and sound to create an immersive storytelling experience.

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We were there when Wintjiri Wiru launched in May this year, and enjoyed a fascinating panel discussion about the show.

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From Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Indigenous rangers take guests on an immersive ride to explore this country through Aboriginal eyes.

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Did you know it’s impolite in Aboriginal cultures to look someone directly in the eye? Or that shaking hands isn’t always the done thing? How about that it’s taboo for women to play the didgeridoo?

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5 globally sought-after travel experiences elevated by Aboriginal guides

Australia lays claim to a world-renowned suite of tourism experiences. But it’s not as well known that many of these bucket-list activities can be experienced with an Aboriginal guide.

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For more than 65,000 years, Aboriginal place names have carried knowledge passed down through generations. They’re symbolic of the Indigenous relationships to, and appreciation for, the land and water.

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The name of the collective was informed by the strong international recognition of the term ‘Aboriginal’ and its association with Australia, though all references to Aboriginal peoples on the Discover Aboriginal Experiences website should be assumed to include Torres Strait Islander peoples where relevant.

Aboriginal Australia is made up of dozens of different 'Nations’, each with their own culture, customs, language and laws. This means that no two Aboriginal experiences are the same, so you’re guaranteed to learn something new on each and every tour, from ancient sustainability practices to cultural stories linked to the local landscape.  

There’s also an incredible diversity of Aboriginal experiences to choose from. Whether you prefer relaxed walking tours, or an exhilarating quad-biking adventure is more your style, Aboriginal tour options come in all shapes and sizes, and last from less than an hour to multiple days.

The Australian outback is well known for its Aboriginal experiences, but you don’t have to go bush, as we say in Australia, to get a taste of Aboriginal cultures. Aboriginal experiences are available all over the country, all year round, including in major cities.

Aboriginal experiences offer fantastic opportunities for families of all kinds to learn together and bond, with many experiences including hands-on activities young ones will love.  

Aboriginal guides are warm, welcoming and extremely generous of spirit. They are also incredible storytellers, with a knack for bringing landscapes to life through evocative tales bound to enthral kids big and small.

Cultural exchange is at the heart of Aboriginal experiences, with questions welcomed on all tours. Your guides may not always have the answers, but no questions are off-limits if posed respectfully.

Remember to ask permission before taking photographs of Aboriginal people or cultural sites.

Simply search for tours on the Discover Aboriginal Experiences website, then click through to book directly with the operator.

Many Aboriginal operators are equipped to cater to guests with restricted mobility and other special needs. Most companies also offer private tours that can be tailored to your needs; enquire directly with the operators.

Tours and experiences offered by Discover Aboriginal Experiences operators are continually evolving. Contact operators directly for more information about their current offerings.

Check with your operator for specifics, but if your tour is outdoors, comfortable walking shoes, adequate drinking water and sun protection are essential. A willingness to listen, learn and have fun will serve you well on any Aboriginal tour.

The Australian Government no longer requires international travellers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia. Some Discover Aboriginal Experiences operators may have COVID-19 health requirements of their own; contact operators directly to check.

Discover Aboriginal Experiences is a collective of quality, authentic Aboriginal guided tourism experiences showcasing the world’s oldest living cultures. 

This flagship suite of extraordinary Aboriginal experiences is part of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences of Australia program that promotes outstanding and inspiring experiences that capture the very essence of Australia.

An Aussie Specialist has the knowledge and experience to help you plan and book an Aboriginal-guided tour as part of your trip to Australia. Search for a travel agent here  .

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The Best Indigenous Travel Experiences In Queensland

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Having earned our place as the world’s oldest, driest and flattest inhabited continent, Australia is a land of wonders. Separated from our neighbours for over 30 million years, we’re blessed with an entirely unique natural history made all the more richer by our First Nations peoples. Since their arrival over 50,000 years ago, Indigenous culture has exploded, with our country home to hundreds of distinct languages, customs and cultural beliefs. 

But even with such a rich national history, far too many Aussies are completely oblivious to the Indigneous experience. They’re yet to learn what it’s like to walk, talk and live as an Indigneous Australia, both now, and for the thousands of years they’ve strolled our shores. Be an ally to our Indingeous brethren and get to work exploring the rich cultures scattered across our sunburnt lands —all without leaving our very own backyard. Here are our top picks for the best Indigenous travel experiences across Queensland.    

Quandamooka Coast Tours  

North stradbroke island.

First things first—start exploring your very own backyard with a tour along the Quandamooka Coast on Stradbroke Island. Learn about the Yalingbila and their migration journey on a whale-watching tour, stretch your legs on a cultural walk along the coast, or enjoy an immersive experience to the tune of the soul-soothing didgeridoo. Whatever you choose, Quandamooka Coast Tours guarantee an authentic First Nations experience for those seeking a lasting connection to country.   

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours

Port douglas .

Fancy an adventure up north? Save yourself a spot on a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour and explore the heritage of Cooya Beach’s Traditional Custodians, about 15 minutes north of Port Douglas. Squelch your way through the mangroves and mudflats as you join your guides on a spearfishing trip, all the while learning about  Kuku Yalanji culture, traditional medicine and food plants. Perfect for families, this one’s for those who don’t mind getting their hands (and feet) dirty. 

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Cairns .

Keen for a cheeky snorkel? Take your Indigenous adventure underwater with Experience Co’s Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel tour . Departing Cairns, spend the day out on the water with Indigneous Sea Rangers as you explore two of the Great Barrier Reef’s most spectacular snorkeling hotspots. You’ll also be treated to a vivid creation story while you snack on bacon and egg damper or Bunya nut pesto, with all your snorkel gear provided by the kind folks at Reef Magic Cruises.    

Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours

Hervey bay .

See a whole new side to this family-favourite destination with a Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tour . Depending on your preference, there are three tours on offer: the Djinang Cultural Walking Tour, Milbi Sunset, and our personal favourite, Turtle Discovery. But the best part is yet to come. Profits from these tours go towards subsidising excursions for schools in the Fraser Coast region, so students have the chance to learn more about the culture and history of the Butchulla people. It’s the perfect way to do some good while living it up on holiday. 

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours

North cairns .

Named by UNESCO as one of the ten most significant bodies of rock art in the world, the Quinkan Rock Art is one for your bucket list. Way up north in Cape York, Jarramali Rock Art Tours offers a range of guided experiences through this 20,000 outback museum, showcasing all that the Quinkan Rock Art has to offer. Departing Laura, in North Cairns, jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner or fly in via a scenic helicopter and experience Jarramali’s natural wonders from up above.

Ngana Julaymba Dungay Tours

Discover the heart of Australia with a guided Ngana Julaymba Dungay tour . Let your guide reveal a hidden world where land meets sea, and the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest collide. Feast on Aboriginal bush tucker as you revel in the tales of Aboriginal history and culture. Top it all off with a dip in the gorge’s sheltered swimming hole and consider it a day well spent.

Talaroo Hot Springs Discovery

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Trade in your next spa day for a visit to Queensland’s most extraordinary geological wonder, courtesy of the Ewamian people. The Talaroo Hot Springs Discovery Tour offers incredible views of the ancient vents and terraces, all from the comfort of an elevated boardwalk. Listen to the stories and secrets of Talaroo’s Traditional Custodians, before taking a moment to dip your feet in the healing waters of the soaking pool. At just 35 bucks a pop, this tour is a triple threat— relaxing, informative and affordable. Sign us up! Oh, but you will need to drive about five hours west of Cairns...

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Indigenous Experiences Around Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers at Gold Coast.

Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers at Gold Coast. Photo credit: Brian Usher. Courtesy of Ocean Road Magazine, 2021.

If you’re looking for places to travel with the family next holidays, consider checking out the many incredible Indigenous cultural experiences that Brisbane/Meanjin Country and the Gold Coast/ Kombumerri, Mununjali and Wangerriburra tribal lands  has to offer (City of Gold Coast, 2022).

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit, from bushwalking tours, to stunning local art galleries, to delicious bush tucker taste tests and Aboriginal storytelling through live dance and theatre shows.

Aboriginal Heritage of Brisbane and the Gold Coast

The Turrbal and Yuggera peoples have lived in the Brisbane region for more than 32,000 years and their ancestors go back more than 60,000 years. The Turrbal and Jagera people speak Yuggera and their name for Brisbane is Meanjin . On May 13, 1998 the Turrbal people lodged a claim for native title of the Meanjin area starting at the North Pine River and extending down to the Logan River and inland as far as Moggil. In 1999, the application was accepted (Turrbal, 2022).

The Gold Coast is situated on the land of the Kombumerri, Mununjali and Wangerriburra families of the Yugambeh Language Region. The Yugambeh people’s traditional homelands extend from the Logan River in the north, south to the Tweed River and west to the mountain range (Yugambeh Museum, 2022).

Birrunga Gallery & Dining, Meanjin

Birrunga Gallery & Dining.

Birrunga Gallery & Dining. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2021.

If you’re looking to explore Indigenous art and cuisine in Brisbane’s CBD, you’ll want to make a detour between Queen Street and Eagle Street to find Birrunga Gallery & Dining. As the only Indigenous-owned and operated venue within Brisbane’s CBD, the gallery aims to promote and advocate for local First Nations artists who haven't had the opportunity to display their works.

You’ll be able to enjoy an all day breakfast and lunch menu featuring native bush tucker ingredients, surrounded by the magnificent Indigenous paintings, sculptures and prints on display in the gallery.

The gallery offers guided tours, classes and 100% genuine Indigenous artefacts, paintings and prints for purchase. To add to their immersive experience, the Indigenous artists whose works are on display are regularly onsite to discuss the stories and processes behind their works.

Check out the link in their Instagram bio for more information, or to book a table, function or to check out their upcoming events.

Black Card Cultural Tours, Brisbane CBD

 Black Card Cultural Tours showing local Indigenous art around Meanjin/Brisbane.

 Black Card Cultural Tours showing local Indigenous art around Meanjin/Brisbane. Courtesy of QAGOMA, 2022.

Journey through Brisbane city’s cultural precinct in an eye-opening 90 minute Aboriginal art walking tour. With your Indigenous guide, you’ll explore galleries, exhibitions, art installations and public sculptures and discover the vital role art plays within Indigenous culture and history. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!

Black Card Cultural Tours also have a 3hr Cultural Tour and Weaving Session topped off with a Bush Tucker Tasting. You can book Cultural Tours via their website here .

Spirits of the Red Sand, Beenleigh 

Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal culture and dinner show.

Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal culture and dinner show. Courtesy of Get Your Guide, 2022.

Whether day or night, join Spirits of the Red Sand in their immersive cultural experiences that’s won them Gold at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards and been voted as the RACQ #1 Must Do Queensland Experience. Located at the Beenleigh Historic Village, it's only a 30 minute drive from Brisbane City or a 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast. 

During the day, Spirits of the Red Sand invites you to their Welcome to Country Experience, where you'll experience a smoking ceremony and learn about the local ancient Dreamtime stories, customs and rituals. You’ll also get to participate in a bush tucker tasting and boomerang painting.

In the evening, enjoy a three course dinner infused with bush herbs and spices and an immersive live ‘roving theatre’ show. You’ll walk through various scenes set in the Dreamtime to the 1800’s -  a time when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collided. The 2.5 hour-long experience is set inside the 19th century Beenleigh Historical Village, complete with the largest pre-colonial Aboriginal village and authentic Gunyah (Aboriginal hut) dwellings. 

Book online via Spirits of the Red Sand's website , and check out the intro video for their dinner show here .

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Aboriginal dance show.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Aboriginal dance show. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2021.

The Gold Coast’s popular tourist attraction Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary might be  known for its rainbow lorikeet feeding, ginormous saltwater crocodiles and the treetop challenge, but there are so many more reasons to visit. One such, being the mesmerising Aboriginal Culture Show - a performance of traditional song, dance and storytelling by the local ‘ Yugambeh Aboriginal Dance Group ,’ which is held daily at 3pm. 

You won’t want to miss out on this performance as it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets. The dance group has performed for top-notch events, such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, the pregame celebration for the 2020 Indigenous/Maori All Stars NRL game and the group featured in a music video for a track produced by US DJ Steve Aoki.

Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Burleigh Heads

Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, Burleigh Heads.

Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, Burleigh Heads. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2022.

Embark on a journey of discovery of the local Yugambeh culture, community, Dreaming and Burleigh Headland's native wildlife at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre . The local Aboriginal guide will take you along the picturesque beachside rainforest walkway around Jellurgal (Dreaming Mountain). After the Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, you can opt to explore more of the surrounding Burleigh Headlands and Tallebudgera Creek where you can surf, swim, fish or just hang out. 

We hope you have fun learning about and experiencing the world's oldest living culture! If you’re a NSW resident check out our previous post for places to visit on the north coast of New South Wales:

Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Experiences at Coffs Coast

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Learn about Indigenous culture in Brisbane (Meanjin)

  • By Matilda Meikle
  • September 8, 2023
  • Brisbane , Indigenous Aus , Queensland

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With a heritage dating back more than 23,000 years, Indigenous culture in Brisbane (Meanjin) is recognised through sites and attractions across the city, celebrating their history and traditions.

This list is the perfect way to discover Indigenous culture in Brisbane.

Meanjin, or Brisbane, was founded upon the homelands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Meanjin is derived from the Turrbal word for the spike of land that Brisbane sits on.

Opening image: Black Card tours. Tourism and Events Qld.

Birrunga Gallery, Indigenous Brisbane

Birrunga Gallery

Brisbane’s only Indigenous-owned art gallery, Birrunga Gallery offers exhibitions, tours and classes which explore the rich Indigenous culture found in Brisbane. The cafe also uses native ingredients from Australian suppliers to create a unique dining experience. Founded by a Wiradyuri man, Birrunga Wiradyuri, the gallery is dedicated to supporting native art and exploring ideas of culture and spirituality through creativity.

Spirits of the Red Sand, Indigenous Brisbane

Spirits of the Red Sand

A breathtaking live theatre experience, Spirits of the Red Sand is an unforgettable event that can be undertaken both during the day and at night. By day, Welcome to Country helps visitors discover stories of the Dreamtime as they participate in boomerang painting and bush tucker sampling. By night, the award winning roving dinner and theatre tells the unforgettable story of three Indigenous brothers and their families, taking guests on a journey from the Dreamtime through 1800s Australia to the present day.

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Nyanda Cultural Tours

Led by Traditional Owner guides, and located only 25 minutes from the heart of Brisbane, Nyanda cultural tours take guests on an exploration of how Indigenous people connect with, and use, the land. Visitors will participate in a traditional smoking ceremony, learn Yagara language words, and try spear throwing, all while gaining a deeper appreciation of our First Nations history.

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Dreamworld Corroboree

Australia’s first theme park attraction dedicated to Indigenous culture, Dreamworld Corroboree is not to be missed. Opened in 2014, it’s first and foremost an animal sanctuary, featuring native animals and displays highlighting their associated traditional stories. The nearby Corroboree Theatre presents the creation story of the Gold Coast through film, also including artworks, photos, and interactive displays which explore the prominence of Indigenous culture.

Indigenous art installation, Indigenous Brisbane

The Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art houses a permanent Indigenous Australian art collection , and the largest culmination of Indigenous fibre art in Australia. Their focus is on modern art, with a collection drawn from all over the country featuring paintings, sculptures and photography telling the story of Indigenous heritage.

BlackCard cultural tours, Indigenous Brisbane

BlackCard cultural tours

Located in the centre of Brisbane, BlackCard culture tours let visitors learn about Brisbane’s Indigenous history with an Indigenous guide. They seek to help all Australians acknowledge our shared obligation to the land, and to each other, in order to grow as a country.

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Riverlife Mirrabooka

Part of the stunning Riverlife Adventure Centre, Riverlife Mirrabooka allows visitors to immerse themselves in First Nations culture. Watch and participate in traditional song and dance, play Indigenous instruments, and listen to educational talks about Indigenous history. This experience is designed to create an understanding of the spiritual connections between culture and country.

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Nurri Millen Totem trail

Developed in 1996 by Indigenous artist Ron Hurley and six other First Nations artists, Nurri Millen is a trail of 18 totems commemorates the Indigenous Dreaming, as well as Indigenous connection to the plants and animals within the Boondall wetlands. The totems stand as lasting symbols of traditional culture, celebrating the stories and customs of the region.

Enjoyed reading about Indigenous culture in Brisbane and keen to learn more? Why not explore more of our country’s amazing Indigenous history and experiences ?

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Cultural Tours on North Stradbroke Island on Brisbane's Doorstep

Sharing our Beautiful Quandamooka Country and Aboriginal Culture with visitors from near and far!

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Yura Tours delivers outstanding cultural experiences showcasing our beautiful Island Minjerribah and surrounding Quandamooka Country! Aboriginal Cultural Tours range from walking tours to driving tours Personal Development days- schools & corporate group packages available.

Experienced Quandamooka Guide

Elisha is a proud Quandamooka mother, daughter, wife who enjoys living, working and playing on her Quandamooka  mother country on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island). Elisha has travelled the world and has a passion for First Nations tourism and sharing her culture which has been passed down from her Elders.  

Beautiful Landscapes

Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) ferry terminal is located 40mins from Brisbane CBD. This magical Island is home to pristine beaches, charming clear bays, blooming bushland and stunning headlands! Wildlife thrives both on land and sea expect to see Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, Kangaroos, wallabies and much more. 'Oh Yeah the locals are great too!'   

Caretaker of this Country

Yura Tours is a 100% First Nations owned and operated business who have a deep connection to the land and sea. We respect and care for our Quandamooka Country and make it a part of our everyday business, as that is what it means to be the caretakers of this land.  

Getting here

Make your way to Cleveland, QLD. 40min Drive from Brisbane CBD or Hour train ride to Cleveland.

Jump on passenger ferry with option of Stradbroke Flyer Gold Cats or Sealink Water taxi Ticket can be purchased on board or at the office. 

Bajara "Footprints" Tour

3 hour Driving tour

4WD Beach Culture tour 4 Hours

Leave nothing but footprints behind!  4 hour Aboriginal led beach Tour around Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island. Enjoy our beautiful lakes, beaches, Flora and fauna learn how to gather Ugaries and immerse yourself in Island life. Seafood beach picnic included.

Ultimate Minjerribah Cultural Experience

Exclusive culture tour 3 hours.

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-Welcome to Country at  Bummiera (Brown lake) 

- Walk in my ancestors foots steps stopping in at Moongalaba / Terra Bulla (Old Mission Site) then onto Capemba (Myora Springs). 

- Head to Mulumba (Point Lookout headland) to enjoy creation stories, breathtaking views and learn about the different flora of the island and its aboriginal uses. 

- Delvene Cookatoo Collins studio where you can find a piece of Minjerribah to take home.

Sand Beneath my Feet Tour

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90min Cultural walking tour

Tour includes Welcome to Country, cultural talk and walk based on the Quandamooka aboriginal uses of the plants and trees through to Ocean. Then easy walk along beach to Adder Rock to enjoy the South Passage dream time story over looking the Coral Sea, over to Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) Depending on what the bush has to offer that day there may be some bushtucker for you to taste(we all know Minjerribah is plentiful) !  

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Whale Watching Cultural Walk

Be escorted by your very own Quandamooka Guide on a cultural walk to around the famous Gorge Walk at Mulumba (point Lookout). Learn about  Minjerribah creation stories and its beautiful flora and its Aboriginal uses, Take in the majestic scenery and Magical Yallingbilla (Whale) performances as they pass right below you!  The local Dolphins Kangaroos Turtles also love to hang around on our headlands and in the ocean.

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 Yura Tours – Our Story Yura! (mean’s Hello) in the Jandai language which is native to Quandamooka Country. Quandamooka people are the traditional custodians of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), The Bay Islands and Redlands Coast regions. We have had continual connection to these lands for thousands and thousands of years. We are known as the people of the Sand and Sea and are connected to our Quandamooka Creator Spirit by all of its’ living creatures. At Yura Tours, we welcome visitors to our island home and wish to share our cultural knowledge and stories with you – where we lived and walked, how we foraged for traditional foods, what our creation stories are and how sacred the native flora and fauna is to us. We want you to gain an understanding of leaving our home as you found it, but also developing a connection to our Country that you can share with others. By immersing yourself in our white sands, fresh air and spectacular coastal scenery you will hear stories that have been around for over 25,000 years. The person behind Yura Tours is me - Elisha Kissick. I’m a proud, Quandamooka woman who resides on Minjerribah with my family. Through my business, I promise to take you on a cultural journey that is both meaningful and surprising! You can choose from walking or driving cultural tours and I cater for individuals, families, small groups, school and corporate groups. The Tours showcase land and sea, flora and fauna, and the cultural heritage of Quandamooka Country. The Yura Tours logo has a special meaning for us all. The U represents you my guests and the flames of a fire in which we gather around and grow together on Quandamooka Country. The colour palette is minimal, showcasing the earthy pink ochres found on country and the orange sunsets we have over the bay. The orange also signifies the flame ignited within you when your heart and mind is opened to the Quandamooka way of life and you understand how important it is to preserve our country for future generations. I look forward to saying YURA to you soon! Elisha ! 

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Indigenous Tourism Goes Deeper Than ‘Dinner and a Show’

Around the globe, travelers are looking to get beyond superficial interactions with Native cultures for more in-depth experiences, like tours led by Indigenous guides and stays at Native-owned lodges.

A man wearing a red shirt and a woven-straw cap holds a drum in one hand and a mallet in the other. He is seen over the shoulders of two people and with water behind him.

By Michael Harmon

For visitors to New Zealand, the chance to see a haka , the ceremonial Maori dance, has long been as much a part of the country’s allure as its glaciers, geysers and glowworm caves.

But increasingly, instead of merely catching a cultural performance en route to New Zealand’s Fiordland, travelers are lingering longer and going deeper, seeking out more immersive ways to engage with the country’s Indigenous heritage.

“We’re seeing a shift from the checkbox mentality to a hunger for deep, transformative experiences,” said Sarah Handley, the general manager for North America and Europe at Tourism New Zealand, the country’s tourism marketing agency. “It’s not just about witnessing a haka; it’s about understanding the meaning and stories behind it.”

That shift is happening not just in New Zealand but around the world, particularly as more travelers want to experience the planet’s natural wonders by way of the people and traditions indigenous to those places.

“Put simply, travelers want more out of their vacations,” said Jamie Sweeting, the vice president of sustainability for the tour company G Adventures, whose itineraries include overnight accommodations ranging from an Indigenous-owned eco-lodge in the Ecuadorean Amazon to a community homestay with Indonesia’s Tengger tribe. Especially since the pandemic, Mr. Sweeting said, people are looking for “experiences that help them change the way they see the world.” Indigenous-owned and -led tourism experiences — a sector of the global tourism market valued at $40 billion in 2022 and forecast to grow to $65 billion by 2032 — are increasingly the answer.

Embracing slow travel, Maori-style

On New Zealand’s North Island, visitors hungry for culturally immersive wilderness experiences are spoiled for choice.

In the Bay of Plenty region, which has a long tradition of Maori-guided nature tourism, the Maori-owned Te Urewera Treks offers single and multiday guided wilderness walks through the Te Urewera rainforest, the first in the world to be granted legal personhood status (meaning the forest now effectively owns itself) in recognition of the traditional Maori worldview. (One-day guided treks start at 240 New Zealand dollars, or about $151; a three-day trek costs 1,050 dollars, with nights spent camping or in New Zealand’s famous backcountry huts .)

About an hour’s drive north, Kohutapu Lodge (double rooms from 100 dollars) offers a similarly immersive alternative to some of the packaged Maori cultural experiences available in nearby Rotorua, whose dinner-and-a-show Maori evenings have helped it live up to its nickname RotoVegas. In contrast, Kohutapu encourages guests to embrace slow travel , Maori-style, with an extensive menu of cultural, nature-based and culinary activities highlighting both the region’s Indigenous history and contemporary Maori life.

“We invite our visitors into our community, our home, our way of life — and it is very natural,” said Kohutapu Lodge’s co-owner, Nadine Toe Toe. Travelers are “seeking more authentic and intimate experiences, out of the main centers, that are based on real life.”

“The pandemic absolutely jolted our visitors into a new way of thinking about travel,” she said.

Jerry Whalen, 72, visited New Zealand with his wife, Cyndi, on a Viking Ocean Cruise in December 2022. Opting for a ground excursion on the North Island with a Maori cultural focus, the couple spent a full afternoon at Kohutapu Lodge that included a guided hike to view ancient Maori cave paintings, a traditional meal cooked over hot stones and an intimate haka demonstration. The Whalens were so taken with Kohutapu that they’ve kept in touch with Ms. Toe Toe and hope to return for a longer stay.

In Australia, big companies join in

Across the Tasman Sea, Australia is also witnessing a surge in demand for Indigenous-led travel. Mark Olsen, the chief executive of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (the majority-Indigenous region that includes the Great Barrier Reef), has observed an uptick in both the number of domestic travelers participating in Indigenous experiences and the average number of nights spent doing so. Tourism Australia, the Australian government’s tourism marketing agency, has recorded a similar trend among international visitors over the last decade.

The intersection of tourism and Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, hasn’t always been so promising. In 2017, Australia made international headlines when it banned people from ascending Uluru , the iconic monolith in Australia’s Red Center that’s also one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions. But the ban came only after decades of pleas from the local Aboriginal community not to climb the site, which is sacred to them.

Today, though, in addition to a growing number of Indigenous-owned-and-operated tourism businesses in Australia, Mr. Olsen noted that even large tour companies are making efforts “to involve traditional owners in their tours.” Operations like Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel , “which employs Indigenous guides who share their culture and stories during the trip to the Great Barrier Reef” (day tours from 219 Australian dollars, or about $150), are a rebuttal to the notion that Australia’s natural sites and Aboriginal culture should be experienced separately.

A global trend

These developments in the travel industry reflect a larger societal trend. “Globally, there has been a push to recognize Indigenous rights and attempts are increasingly being made to right past wrongs,” said Julia Albrecht, an associate professor in the Department of Tourism at New Zealand’s University of Otago .

“In New Zealand,” Dr. Albrecht noted, “the last two governments have greatly supported all things Maori, not only in narrative, but also in policy.” In November, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, the main association representing the country’s tourism businesses, released its Tourism 2050 strategy, which calls for “integrating kaupapa Maori (Maori approach) and matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge) into the tourism industry.”

Such initiatives, together with the creation of Indigenous networks like the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and greatly enhanced visibility through both conventional marketing and social media, have created “a case of supply and demand complementing each other,” said Anna Carr, an associate professor and colleague of Albrecht’s at the University of Otago.

Like G Adventures, the tour operator Intrepid Travel is expanding its Indigenous tourism portfolio, introducing new Indigenous experiences in the United States, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in 2024. A constant, said Sara King, the general manager of purpose at Intrepid, has been the “particularly emotive” feedback from customers.

Erin Rowan, 32, of Boulder, Colo., chose British Columbia’s Klahoose Wilderness Resort , owned by the Klahoose First Nation, for her honeymoon this past September. In Canada’s remote Desolation Sound, the resort offers “all-inclusive wildlife and cultural tours,” including Indigenous-guided grizzly bear viewing during the annual salmon run (three- and four-night all-inclusive stays starting at 2,495 Canadian dollars, or about $1,824, plus taxes and fees).

Ms. Rowan and her husband, Matt Allegretto, wanted a trip “that felt intentional and in line with our values,” and after coming across after Klahoose Wilderness Resort “on TikTok, of all places,” Ms. Rowan said, “a lightbulb went off.”

“We felt welcomed into a world that is completely different from our day-to-day,” Ms. Rowan said, adding that she and her husband hope to make Indigenous-led experiences “a major throughline of our future travels.”

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Mauricio Painefil, a village elder in the native Mapuche community of Llaguepulli in Central Chile.

Visitors are "shocked" when they come to his native community in central Chile, says Mauricio Painefil, one of the village elders.

"They do not expect the richness of culture," he says, standing in front of a traditional Mapuche home called a ruca . "They do not expect the profound links with nature."

A visit with the Mapuche is filled with other surprises. Like the stunning views of Budi, the largest saltwater lake in the world. Or the intricacies of Mapuche huicha huichahue backstrap weaving. Or tasty Mapuche stews made from homegrown potatoes, carrots and cochayuyo seaweed harvested from the nearby Pacific.

With "revenge" travel over, many U.S. travelers are searching for meaning when they go somewhere — a deeper connection, a transformational travel experience. Indigenous tourism offers that.

"Americans want a native experience when they come to a place like Chile," explains Sarina Hinte-Simecek, proprietor of Elementos Experiential Tourism in Pucón, Chile. "They want to see the volcano, to be near the lake — and to meet the Mapuche."

Visitors climb the Villarrica volcano in Parque Nacional Villarrica in Chile's Lake District.

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Best covid travel insurance plans, what is indigenous tourism.

Indigenous tourism — also called cultural or ethnotourism — allows visitors to experience the traditions of indigenous communities. It's also a way to support these communities economically while respecting their cultural heritage.

Here are some of the hallmarks of indigenous tourism:

Authentic cultural experiences

Indigenous tourism offers real interaction with locals. This may include a traditional ceremony, crafts, or storytelling.

True indigenous tourism has a strong educational component that allows visitors to learn about the tribe's history and tells their often-forgotten stories.

Heritage preservation

The revenue generated from native tourism often goes toward preserving indigenous languages, traditions, and natural resources.

Sustainable development

Travelers contribute to the economic development of these communities in a sustainable and respectful manner. Sustainable food is one of this year's biggest trends.

There's no certification agency that verifies if a tour or homestay is an authentic indigenous tourism experience. But often a real cultural tourism attraction will incorporate some, or all, of these.

Indigenous tourism has always been a niche market for travelers. But that's starting to change.

Peruvian indigenous Quechua woman weaving a textile with the traditional techniques in Cusco, Peru.

Indigenous tourism is growing

Native tourism is gaining traction. A recent study showed that the market for indigenous tourism is growing at 4% annually. It's a sprawling trend that includes restaurants serving indigenous food, hotels and casinos owned by indigenous people, new museums and interpretative centers, immersive experiences and guided tours.

For example, in Painefil's village in central Chile, called Llaguepulli , you can spend the night in a traditional windowless thatched hut, participate in native arts and learn how to prepare indigenous food.

Painefil says the Mapuche hadn't even considered tourism until the late 1990s. But people saw potential in homestays. The tribe recognized it as a way to introduce Chileans to their way of life and help overcome prejudices against the Mapuche. But the idea also caught on with Europeans, who were intrigued by the tribe's customs and their spiritual connection with nature.

"Over time, we have seen more tourism in our area," says Painefil.

And they may be about to see even more if this trend goes global. Many countries are doubling down on promoting their indigenous tourism opportunities in 2024.

"It's one of our key messages," says Kim Logan, a manager at Banff & Lake Louise Tourism in Canada. Her region had already been promoting native tourism for the last few years. But in 2023, when tourism officials began researching industry trends, they noticed a strong interest in indigenous culture and decided the time was right to go all-in on native tourism.

Entire regions in Canada are committed to promoting native tourism. For example, Manitoba’s new Indigenous Tourism website allows indigenous tour operators — defined under the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada's criteria as 51% owned by an indigenous member of the community — the opportunity to engage in support, training, and educational programs to build their brand on a provincial and national scale.

“Promoting indigenous tourism is a pillar for Travel Manitoba," says agency spokeswoman Jillian Recksiedler.

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Here are the latest indigenous tourism experiences

Indigenous tourism experiences span a range of activities.

Indigenous tours

You can book an entire tour that will let you live like a native. For example, Remote Lands ' six-day "Ancestral Adventures in South Sulawesi" itinerary in Indonesia allows you to meet the chief of the Kajang, a tribe that lives deep in the forest. You'll have the opportunity to understand how the challenges of modernity impact their traditions.

Native cooking classes

At Ananda in the Himalayas , you can take Ayurveda cuisine lessons, offered to guests twice a week. Ayurveda cuisine, which is primarily plant-based, focuses on a lifestyle to achieve state of balance, or saatva . All guests are encouraged to be part of these lessons because they build the base for lifestyle change.

New indigenous attractions

Some indigenous experiences don't require a guide or a resort stay. In Macon, Ga., the local community is collaborating with the Muscogee Nation to create Georgia’s first national park and preserve. Pending approval from Congress, the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park will be named Georgia’s first National Park and Preserve and the 64th National Park. It will be jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Muscogee Nation. The park sits along a 54-mile stretch of the Ocmulgee River where artifacts reflect more than 17,000 years of human habitation. You can step inside the Earth Lodge, where Native Americans have held council meetings for 1,000 years.

Expert travel advisors

More travel advisors are specializing in indigenous tourism experiences than ever. For example, Global Travel Moments has contacts with many special-interest tour operators and can offer clients a variety of options if they want a native travel experience. "Destinations such as the Amazon rainforest in Brazil or the Maasai Mara in Kenya allow travelers to immerse themselves in the unique traditions and lifestyles of indigenous communities," says Duncan Greenfield-Turk, the company's chief travel designer.

Vacationing on tribal land

For some visitors, just being on tribal land is enough for an indigenous cultural experience. For example, guests at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Southern California will find reminders of its Native American heritage everywhere in the resort. “Each artifact, piece of art, mural, and more here emphasizes our culture,” says Myra Masiel, Pechanga's cultural curator and archaeologist. (For example, the casino's ceiling depicts various streams on Pechanga land.)

There's such a variety of opportunities to experience indigenous culture. But let's get back to the Mapuche in Chile.

Warning: Some "indigenous" tours exploit local populations

Not everything that says "indigenous" is worth it, warns Kimberly Davis, a former cultural anthropologist and current travel advisor .

"The goal is to support local communities rather than exploit them, and hopefully leave the community better off as a result of your visit," she says.

When you choose a tour, ask yourself: Who developed the tour? Who will profit from it? Are the indigenous people stakeholders — or are they simply a sideshow?

There's also the level of authenticity. I recall being on a tour in Australia with a guide who claimed to be indigenous but barely had any Aboriginal ancestry and didn't speak the language. The guide spent most of the tour railing against the evils of colonialism but hardly mentioned the cultural traditions that I was so curious to learn more about.

Tour operators are wary of sending their customers to a less-than-authentic indigenous experience. To avoid this, tour operator Trafalgar has created a coalition with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, the Indigenous Tourism Association Canada and The Indigenous Tourism Collaborative of the Americas. It's working directly with local communities to amplify indigenous-owned businesses. The goal: to increase access to ancestral wisdom, preserve and reclaim culture and ultimately drive economic benefit to support the livelihoods of native peoples.

But there's no Good Housekeeping seal of approval for indigenous tourism. You have to do your research.

Chile's emphasis on indigenous tourism

Chilean tourism officials are actively encouraging tourists to visit places like Llaguepulli and Pucón, and to discover the traditions of the Mapuche.

Chile's efforts to promote indigenous peoples such as the Mapuche began in 2019 as a collaboration between the Chilean Undersecretariat of Tourism, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and the Mapuche Tourism. (Canada developed the "market ready" methodology adopted by Chile.)

"Indigenous tourism consists of authentic, culturally relevant and sustainable indigenous tourism activities, services or experiences," explains Veronica Pardo, Chile's undersecretary of tourism. "These activities, services or experiences must be based on the philosophical values of each people and their ancestral knowledge — planned, designed, developed and controlled by indigenous people, communities, organizations or businesses."

The history of the Mapuche in Chile is complicated and controversial, as it is with many other indigenous nations. But for most tourists, learning about the native tribes may mean climbing to the top of the Villarrica volcano in Chile's Lake District. The indigenous name of this mountain is Ruca Pillán, which means “the house of the spirits."

Ruca Pillán plays a central role in Mapuche culture, explains local guide Joaquín Figueroa . When people treat the earth well, the volcano is peaceful. But when the earth is out of balance, or, more specifically, when people treat the earth badly, Ruca Pillán shows its anger by erupting.

Lately, the volcano has not been pleased. Gas is billowing out of the top, and scientists have warned not to get too close to the crater. Authorities have closed the ascent, leaving tourists to admire the volcano from afar. The last major eruption happened in 2015, but the volcano erupts every decade or so.

"So another eruption may happen soon," adds Figueroa.

At night, from the town of Pucón, you can see the lava glowing on the top of the mountain. A tour of the volcano is all the more meaningful when you consider its place in Mapuche culture and its historical significance to the indigenous people.

If you visit Chile, you don't have to spend time with the Mapuche. You don't have to climb Ruca Pillán or see the Pacific Coast. But if you don't, you'll miss one of the most fascinating parts of the country.

Christopher Elliott

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    Where: Beenleigh, about 45 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Set in an authentic pre-European Aboriginal village, Spirits of the Red Sand is an immersive cultural and theatrical experience. By day, guests can participate in all aspects of Aboriginal life, including tasting bush tucker, boomerang painting and listening to Dreamtime ...

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    Immerse yourself in a rich cultural experience where along the way you'll discover some hidden installations in Meanjin (Brisbane City). The highlight of this tour includes a trip to the Museum of Brisbane, King George Square and then heading onto Roma St Parklands and checking out the Queensland Greats wall which holds the plaques of several First Nations Australians included in this ...

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    Brisbane Aboriginal Cultural Tours - Meanjin (Brisbane City) 90 minutes 1.5 Hours Meeanjin/Brisbane, Queensland Urban Walk Year Round Immerse yourself in a rich cultural experience where along the way you'll discover some hidden installations in Meanjin (Brisbane City).The highlight of this tour includes a trip to the Museum of Brisbane, King ...

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    Discover Aboriginal history and contemporary culture on a 3-hour walking tour in Brisbane. Listen to your Aboriginal guide explain the ancient art practices of the oldest continually living culture in the world. The dynamic tour takes you to a number of prominent museums, such as the Gallery of Modern Art and Kuril Dhagun. There's also a heavy emphasis on the vibrant street art around the ...

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    Discover Aboriginal history and contemporary culture on a 3-hour walking tour in Brisbane. Listen to your Aboriginal guide explain the ancient art practices of the oldest continually living culture in the world. The dynamic tour takes you to a number of prominent museums, such as the Gallery of Modern Art and Kuril Dhagun.

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    Nyanda Cultural Tours is an Aboriginal owned enterprise that supplies authentic Aboriginal experiences to school, conference and corporate clientele. We are conveniently situated only 25 mins from the heart of Brisbane city at the picturesque Nudgee Waterholes. Visitor tours operate daily between 9am-4pm by appointment only.

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    Brisbane. See a new side of spectacular South East Queensland with an Aboriginal guide. Discover how Aboriginal cultures have thrived for millennia in Brisbane/Meeanjin (mee-an-jin), the Sunshine Coast and surrounds. Search experiences.

  14. Indigenous Culture

    The young at heart can also share in the experience with plenty of interactive tours and workshops for them to boomerang throw, weave, and dance with an Indigenous guide. But a guided tour isn't the only way to connect with culture. Gather with locals and celebrate Queensland's Indigenous culture through the many cultural events on ...

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    Way up north in Cape York, Jarramali Rock Art Tours offers a range of guided experiences through this 20,000 outback museum, showcasing all that the Quinkan Rock Art has to offer. Departing Laura, in North Cairns, jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner or fly in via a scenic helicopter and experience Jarramali's natural wonders from up above.

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    Journey through Brisbane city's cultural precinct in an eye-opening 90 minute Aboriginal art walking tour. With your Indigenous guide, you'll explore galleries, exhibitions, art installations and public sculptures and discover the vital role art plays within Indigenous culture and history. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!

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  21. Aboriginal culture trails

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