Australia’s Aboriginal people have a continuous history spanning more than 50,000 years, one of the oldest living cultures on the planet.
Theirs is the oldest story on Earth; a living legacy of spiritual knowledge, custodianship of land, culture, people and the connectedness of all things shared through rituals, art, dance, music, secret stories and journeys created in the Dreamtime – the time when ancestral spirits created the landforms and all life.
The Australian landscape today is a map of the spirits’ journeys and stories created over thousands of years ago describing these journeys. These form the basis for stories that are still told.
Aboriginal hosts and guides are keen to share their story and give an insight into their culture, which is often delivered with an engaging humour and deeply moving perspective.
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Indigenous Connection @ Luxury Lodges of Australia
Many of the Luxury Lodges of Australia are located in parts of the Australian landscape of especial significance to our Aboriginal culture. Lodge activities can include exclusive or private access to some of these people, places, artworks and uniquely Australian stories.
Bamurru Plains – Top End – Northern Territory
Ancient Rock Art & Community Immersion in Arnhem Land
Beautiful billabongs, panoramic escarpments and ancient rock art galleries explained through the eyes of a local on this full day adventure to Arnhem Land by scenic air transfer from Bamurru Plains… Find out more
Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island – New South Wales
A Time to Dream and Rejuvenate at Capella Lodge
The petite Capella Spa at Capella Lodge offers a chance to relax and recuperate with a menu of signature spa treatments using the LI’TYA spa care range, inspired by Australia’s indigenous Dreamtime… Find out more
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Blue Mountains – New South Wales
Aboriginal connection with Wolgan Valley
The name Wolgan Valley is derived from the Aboriginal word, ‘wolga’, used for the vine commonly known as Old Man’s Beard, which is widespread throughout the region. It is thought that four nations frequented the region of Wolgan Valley, but of them it is the Wiradjuri and possibly the Dharug Aboriginal language group that were most likely the predominant groups… Find out more
Longitude 131° – Uluru – Northern Territory
Longitude 131° Connects with Ernabella Arts
Essential to the experience at Longitude 131° is connecting with the creative spirit of the land’s traditional custodians, the indigenous Anangu. Since joining the Baillie Lodges collection in 2013, a new design direction at Longitude 131° has seen the introduction of local Indigenous heritage. Owner Hayley Baillie has worked closely with the nearby Anangu communities to commission artworks for display at the iconic luxury outback retreat… Find out more
Pretty Beach House – Sydney Surrounds – New South Wales
Welcome to Country
Pretty Beach House is located in the serene and quintessentially Australian bushland setting of the Bouddi National Park, just north of Sydney. The word ‘Bouddi’ is the local Aboriginal name for the eastern headland of Maitland Bay and has become synonymous with the national park and the surrounding area. It has various meanings in local Aboriginal languages, and is thought to mean ‘heart’ or ‘water breaking over rocks’. The Bouddi Peninsula is a very special landscape – around 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park and nearby areas. There is even aboriginal artwork dating back almost 10,000 years right on the doorstep to Pretty Beach House… Find out more
qualia – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland
Discover Tour — Nara Inlet and Langford Spit
Enjoy a cruise aboard qualia’s luxury cruiser ‘Atomic’ to view ancient Aboriginal cave drawings. The caves, located at Nara Inlet, Hook Island, were commonly used by the Ngaro Aboriginal group prior to European Settlement. Following this, take a short cruise to Langford Spit, one of the most picturesque locations in the Whitsundays, where you can enjoy excellent snorkeling and lunch. This shared tour operates from 9am with a maximum of 8 guests. Available on request. Find out more
Saffire – Freycinet – Tasmania
Connection to Country (Walk)
Take a coastal stroll along the beach just in front of Saffire with Saffire’s indigenous guide Mick Quilliam. Guests will discover the history of the local Tasmanian indigenous Oyster Bay people, taking in the beauty of the coastal tracks and rock platforms and the wonders of the fauna and flora right on Saffire’s doorstep. Learn about their connection to the environment in this unique part of Tasmania. Guests will sample local bush tucker, learn about tools and foraging and gain a greater understanding of time gone by and discover their own connection to country. Find out more
Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree – Queensland
Mossman Gorge visit
Silky Oaks Lodge has a strong affiliation with the Mossman Gorge Kuku Yalanji People who are the traditional owners of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Gorge Dreamtime Walk with the Yalanji People across the river from the Lodge in their Rainforest is a highlight activity for guests… Find out more
Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – South Australia
Indigenous Spa Journeys at Southern Ocean Lodge
The acclaimed Southern Spa at Southern Ocean Lodge offers a signature menu of Dreamtime-inspired LI’TYA spa treatments, with Aboriginal massage techniques complemented by Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty ingredients: mineral salts, pink clay, eucalyptus, lavender and Ligurian honey… Find out more
The Louise – Barossa Valley – South Australia
Indigenous Art connection
Dine while surrounded by aboriginal art in the ‘Six Seasons Room’ at Appellation restaurant at The Louise. Guests seated in the dining space known as the Six Seasons Room are treated to an artistic immersion in the annual calendar as interpreted by aboriginal artist Shaun Pickett… Find out more
True North – The Kimberley – Western Australia
The Oldest Art Known to Mankind
The TRUE NORTH’S Kimberley Wilderness Cruise is a ‘gallery’ to the oldest art known to mankind – the rock paintings of the Australian Aboriginal. Each itinerary features opportunity to admire pristine examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style art… Find out more