Aboriginal cultural experiences: Tasmania

Incredible cultural experiences against a backdrop of jaw-dropping landscapes and historic urban sites: welcome to Aboriginal Tasmania.

Hiker on rocky Tasmanian beach, wukalina Walk. You’ll see another side of Aboriginal Australia in Tasmania. Image credit: Tayla Gentle
  • Jetstar
  • March 2022

Known as lutruwita in the language of its Traditional Owners, Tasmania has some wonderful cultural experiences on offer. Whether you’re exploring significant sites in nipaluna (Hobart) or enjoying a yarn over some bush tucker, the island state delivers.

Hobart

takara nipaluna, Walking Hobart

Get a whole new perspective on Hobart on this 90-minute walking tour, led by palawa/walpiri woman Nunami Sculthorpe-Green. The route retraces the footsteps of 40 members of the Aboriginal resistance who, in 1832, headed along the waterfront to the old Government House to negotiate an end to the infamous Black War. Stopping at 15 significant sites, you’ll learn about the history and culture underpinning the city from pre-colonial times through to today. Surprising and thought-provoking.

See Hobart in a new light by walking in the footsteps of members of the Aboriginal resistance.
See Hobart in a new light by walking in the footsteps of members of the Aboriginal resistance.

ningina tunapri and Our Land exhibits, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s permanent exhibitions, ‘ningina tunapri’ and ‘Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!’, explore the heritage and history of the state’s Traditional Owners. Celebrating 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in Tasmania, the former lives up to its name, which means ‘to give knowledge and understanding’. The latter is more sobering look at the aftermath of European settlement, with a focus on the Black War. Both are unmissable and free to enter.

Aboriginal artefact on display in the ningina tunapri exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Image credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Make sure to check out the ningina tunapri exhibition when you’re in Hobart. Image credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Launceston

wukalina Walk

Immerse yourself in the timeless culture and spectacular country of Tasmania’s First Peoples, the palawa, on this incredible four-day guided hike from wukalina (Mount William National Park) to larapuna (the Bay of Fires). Journeying through some of the most breathtaking landscapes you could hope to see, you’ll learn about the palawa’s deep connection to the natural world. You’ll hear about the fascinating evolution of their language, palawa kani, and take part in traditional activities that date back millennia.

Two hikers on the wukalina Walk, approaching a bush shelter. Image credit: Tayla Gentle
The wukalina Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Image credit: Tayla Gentle