To experience the thriving Aboriginal history and modern-day culture should be on everyone’s list when visiting Australia. With a plethora of awe-inspiring activities, from the red-orange hues of the Red Centre to incredible experiences rich in art, dance and music, Australia truly has something for everyone.
Discover where Australia began. Tjapukai offers visitors the opportunity to explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture. Learn how to ‘shake a leg’ as you join in traditional performances drawn from the local Djabugay people’s corroborees, master the art of making a fire without a matchstick and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo.
Kuranda is well known as the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ and has been attracting visitors for well over a century. Initially people came to admire the mighty Barron Falls, while artisans were attracted to the region’s natural beauty and decided to call it home, creating a vibrant arts and craft culture.
Red dirt and hauntingly beautiful mountain ranges surround Alice Springs, a city of arts and events. Alice Springs – known colloquially as ‘Alice’ – is the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre. It’s a great base for exploring the natural wonders of the Northern Territory’s outback, though it has plenty of its own charms.
Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park
The park is home to a host of scenic beauty, and you can explore this historic area on foot, swim in a waterhole or even pitch a tent for a longer stay. Take a dip in the cold waters of one the park’s permanent water holes, hike one of the many tracks ranging from leisurely to adventurous or keep an eye out for rare and threatened plants and wildlife.
In the spiritual heart of Australia lies a giant sandstone monolith commonly known as Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Spanning a massive 9.6km (almost six miles) around its base, it is one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomena.
Sounds of Silence Dinner: Your Sounds of Silence experience begins on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls to the sound of a didgeridoo, join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky
Field of Light: The Field of Light art installation is a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Pathways draw viewers into the installation, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars. The installation, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku by the local community means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, will be in place until 31st December 2020.
Sydney’s array of world-class performances, wonderful exhibitions, amazing museums and fabulous festivals makes the city the cultural heart of Australia. It’s home to Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most creative and busiest performing arts centres and a triumph of modern architecture.
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas that will run from 24th May to 15th June 2019. Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations.
If you're ready to start exploring Australia's culture, then our Spirit of Australia independent tour is the perfect option.