Aboriginal cultural experiences: Northern Territory
Journey with us to this magical land, where unspoiled wilderness, sprawling outback and vibrant First Nations culture intersect.
- March 2022
With its diverse range of language groups and landscapes, the Northern Territory is a fascinating place to immerse yourself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Multi-day tours through national parks, world-famous rock paintings, contemporary art galleries and history in every direction: the possibilities are mind-boggling. Here are some of the best cultural experiences in Darwin (home to the Larrakia people) and surrounding areas.
Two-hour Aboriginal Culture Experience
Try basket-weaving, spear-throwing and didgeridoo-playing with this hands-on experience on the Adelaide River Flood Plains, less than an hour’s drive from Darwin. You’ll learn about culture and Country, bush medicine and bush tucker, and enjoy some tasty damper – complete with scenic billabong views!
Didgeridoo Hut and Art Gallery
Most of the stunning art and craft at this wonderful gallery has been created on site by local First Nations artists. You might even see someone at work when you visit. Located in Humpty Doo, just out of Darwin, the Hut showcases handmade didgeridoos, woven baskets and a fabulous range of paintings. Every piece sold comes with a story, providing cultural context and information about its artist.
Litchfield National Park day tour
Of the NT’s 80-plus national parks and reserves, Litchfield is one of the closest to Darwin. On this unforgettable guided day tour, you’ll get to know the park from the perspective of its Traditional Owners. Learn about its history and ongoing cultural significance. Marvel at beautiful spots you probably wouldn’t find by yourself, and enjoy a dip in a pristine freshwater swimming hole.
Ubirr walk, Kakadu National Park
One of Kakadu National Park’s most famous spots, Ubirr is like an ancient, open-air gallery – and easily viewed from an accessible walking track. Featuring ancient paintings of native animals (including a thylacine, extinct on the mainland for more than 2,000 years), scenes depicting first European contact and Dreamtime stories, it’s unmissable. Top tip: time your visit so you can take in the glorious sunset views from the look-out.