The Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture that stretches back at least 50,000 years.
You can discover it through Aboriginal art, dance, myths, music and the land itself. Australians value this heritage and it’s on display with art and dance in their cities, and in the storytelling you’ll encounter in the outback as you listen to Dreamtime myths of creation told around a campfire. Aboriginal Australians help others understand the wonder and spirituality that lingers in their sacred sites.
Most people know about Australia’s Red, the giant red monolith in the center of the country that is sacred to the Aboriginal people. Uluruh is a spectacular site, and especially inspiring at sunrise and sunset. Nearby is the equally revered Kata Tjuta, or drive on to explore the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon near Alice Springs, where Aboriginal Arrernte have lived for over 20,000 years.
Alice Springs is in the heart of Australia’s Red Center, so easy day trips into the outback start here. It’s a rollicking modern town with many heritage sites that connect visitors to the area’s history of Afghan cameleers, flying doctors and the pioneers who built the nation. From Alice Springs visitors can soar above the plains in a hot air balloon, join a safari of quad bikes across the desert, or browse contemporary Aboriginal art along the mall.
Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park, highlighted with rugged rock formations, lush rainforests and millions of migratory birds living in the wetlands. This World Heritage site offers so many contrasts: the delicate waterlilies and prehistoric crocodiles, thundering waterfalls, and rock art galleries believed to be up to 50,000 years old. The landscape has green vegetation and lush waterfalls as well as dusty red roads and huge slabs of rock, and exemplifies the majesty, silence and isolation of Australia’s Red Center. The rugged natural beauty leads you on a journey to understanding this ancient land and its diverse and fascinating cultures.