Aboriginal cultural experiences: South Australia
Get set to experience South Australia through the timeless lens of its Traditional Owners.
- March 2022
From the urban bustle of Kaurna (Adelaide) to the rugged far-flung outback of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, connect with South Australia’s rich First Nations culture. These are some of our favourite Indigenous experiences, spanning traditional and contemporary art, heritage and history, and spiritually significant landscapes.
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Australia's oldest First Nations-owned and managed cultural centre, Tandanya has been showcasing and supporting contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual and performing arts since 1989. Its lively calendar of exhibitions, concerts, theatrical events, workshops and more is always worth checking out. Plus there's a great gift shop and on-site cafe.
Adelaide Kaurna Walking Trail
Learn about the heritage and culture of Adelaide’s Traditional Owners, the Kaurna, with this leisurely, self-guided walking tour. Along the way, you’ll see sites of historic significance, as well as public artworks inspired by personal and traditional stories. The downloadable itinerary contains a map and comprehensive details about each point of interest. Based in the city centre, the walk takes two to three hours.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Yura Udnyu: Our Culture, Your Culture
Home to some almost inconceivably spectacular outback landscapes, the Flinders Ranges are vast and ancient. This fascinating tour explores the intersection between the culture of the area’s Traditional Owners, the Adnyamathanha, and European settlement, with a stroll to Wilpena Pound Station, one of the state’s oldest, best-preserved pastoral outposts. Wandering along Wilpena Creek against a backdrop of majestic River Red Gums, you’ll learn about the area’s native flora and fauna and hear about the station’s history and significance for both cultures.
Gorgeous Gorges half-day tour
Take a trip back in time – more than 100 million years, in fact – on this unforgettable tour through Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges in the Flinders Ranges. Known as the ‘Corridor through Time’, the area’s amazing fossil layers give an intriguing glimpse into Australia’s most distant past. Your First Nations guide will share stories about this rugged area and show you the best views of Bunyeroo Valley. You might even spot a yellow-footed rock wallaby or two!