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Indigenous Experiences Western Australia
Indigenous Experiences

Indigenous people in Australia belong to many diverse cultures and no two are the same. There are over 365 language groups in Australia and more than 60 in Western Australia alone. They have adjusted to changing times, but still hold traditional cultural beliefs and values, especially in remote/rural communities. Cultural heritage, spirituality, family lines, dance and dreamtime stories are a vital part of life. In Perth, you can listen to Noongar Radio on 100.9FM .  Throughout WA you can enjoy a diverse range of Authentic Indigenous experiences ranging from traditional dance and dreamtime stories to contemporary history, bush tours and art. To help you find these experiences visit the WAITOC (Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee), the industry representative body with information to help you to find the best Indigenous Experiences in WA. Also visit Aboriginal Tour Operators website or follow the links below. Individual Indigenous people making significant contributions to improving outcomes for indigenous people and breaking down divides between aboriginal and white Australia include Young Australian of the Year for 2007 Tania Major and Noel Pearson the Director of the Cape York Institute . The Australian National Broadcaster, the ABC, produces some great material on indigenous issues on its Message Stick programs. Reconciliation Australia has been set up to build relationships for change between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.   The  EON Foundation is a charitable foundation formed to provide assistance to indigenous individuals and communities. It addresses social, health, educational and economic concerns, with a particular focus in Western Australia. .  If you are interested in Indigenous issues in Australia, Di Morrissey's novel The Songmaster is a great read. PALS has become an integral part of many school teaching plans since it began in 2004 to support the introduction of Indigenous studies into the school syllabus.Based on the core attributes of Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing, PALS encourages young people to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationships that exist in their local community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

The WA State Government has made significant changes to legislation relating to the involvement of Aboriginal people on land and water managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
These changes recognise Aboriginal connection to lands, and will enable Aboriginal people to become more involved in managing land and using parks and reserves for customary activities. They will help the department build strong relationships with Aboriginal people and provide opportunities to resolve native title.

Aboriginal Tour Operators

Below are links to just some of these experiences arranged by tourism region.

Australia's South West
Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tours Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tours, click to listen  Bunbury welcome all to come and experience this special place just 90 minutes from Perth. Troy’s tour takes visitors on a journey that reveals a very different side of Bunbury. Troy is a natural storyteller and his passion for the region is woven into Dreaming stories and whimsical yarns about the traditional way of life he experienced growing up in this captivating location.
Roelands Village Roelands Village    is a nationally significant heritage site set in a majestic environment surrounded by the rolling Seven Hills. Roelands accommodation includes 15 houses located in the central Village precinct surrounded by the Roelands Farm and the majestic rolling Seven Hills. There is a large function venue and commercial kitchen that can accommodate up to 100 people
Koomal Dreaming Koomal Dreaming  click to listen  is your opportunity to step inside the shoes and experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the Wadandi and Bibbulman people of the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas of Australia’s south-west have walked this ancient land for almost 50,000 years.  You’ll taste native foods, discover bush medicine, and meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of Wadandi and Bibbulman people since time began.
   
   
  • Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre 
    The Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre was developed by the Wardandi people as a place where they can share their culture with visitors, school groups and Aboriginal people from other areas, in an effort to increase understanding and reconciliation with the wider community.
  • The Kodja Place 
    The Kodja Place is the result of the district’s cultures working in harmony with a single goal. An architecturally designed, purpose-built rammed earth building houses a multifaceted display of artefacts, stories, interactive displays, exhibits, pictures, and entertaining hands-on devices adjacent to a spectacular Rose Maze.
    It tells in a vital, vivid, human and sometimes confronting manner the Kojonup story and the influences, cultural, economic and geographic, that formed the Kojonup of today.

Australia's Golden Outback 

  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku  
    The area serviced by the Shire is rich in culture and history. The country offers brilliant blue skies, dramatic red ground and remarkable flora and fauna.
  • Kepa Kurl 
    provides quality 4-wheel drive Eco-cultural discovery tours. Local guides will interpret and share the areas cultural history, significant heritage and environment from an Indigenous perspective.
  • Morapoi Indigenous Station Stay less than 2 hours North of Kalgoorlie, Marapoi is the ideal place for your family getaway, group camp, cultural encounter, or as a stepping stone into the northern goldfields and the western desert
 
Experience Perth 
  • Artitja Fine Art
    Specialists in Australian Aboriginal art from remote and regional desert communities.
  • Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery 
    Specialising in Aboriginal art of the South West. Distinctively different gifts and Souvenirs. Boomerang throwing and Didgeridoo demonstrations available
  • Kaditj Internet Cafe  
    patrons will experience local aboriginal hospitality and gain valuable insight into Aboriginal Culture
Australia's Coral Coast
Australia's North West
  •   Karijini Eco Retreat is the first and only permanent up-market, luxury accommodation in the Park! Offering quality accommodation and facilities, the management and staff look forward to welcoming you to a unique world of environmentally friendly, affordable accommodation with a touch of luxury and a taste of genuine mateship and hospitality in outback Western Australia!     
  • Gecko Gallery 
    is a new and innovative art gallery located in Chinatown Broome, specialising in local and Australian Aboriginal Art.
  • JBAC Bush Adventures 
    Want to ride camels, or learn about the spiritual history of the Aboriginals, what about participation in some spear fishing? If so then JBAC Bush Adventures is the tour company for you.
  • Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
    Need a break from your busy life? Then come to the multi award winning, beautiful, remote paradise of Kooljaman at Cape Leveque Wilderness Camp for a bit of rest and relaxation.
Western Tourist Radio  recognise the importance of Indigenous Tourism and the challenges of promoting small businesses, from our experience with Boronia Farm Farmstay. For this reason I am keen to swap links with any such operators . Progressive tourist operators have always been keen to swap brochures, this site is the internet equivalent of that practice. For more information about swapping links with this site see our Link Policy
Barry Green
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