Palya! Connecting with traditional landowners is an essential element of any journey to Central Australia. Uluru, Kata-Tjuta and Watarrka are three iconic locations that hold rich cultural and spiritual significance for Anangu, Luritja and Pertame people.
Rustic Pathways has a long standing relationship with Peter Abbott and Christine Breaden, who founded Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experiences near Watarrka (Kings Canyon National Park). Rustic was the first student travel company to support Karrke, with international students on our Seven Wonders of Australia program engaging with Peter and his family each year since 2015. Upon request, our students are fortunate to receive deeper immersion experiences beyond Peter’s standard tours, providing a greater insight into life for Indigenous families in this region of Australia.
At Uluru, we partner with local guides to provide high quality, interpretive tours into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Cultural Centre provides students with foundational knowledge before heading out to hike around the base of Uluru while learning about Tjukurpa, or taking a shorter walk into Mutitjulu Waterhole to hear stories that have been passed down through generations. Keep an eye out for bush foods such as arnguli (plums), tjantu ( tomatoes) and ili (figs).
Further into remote Central Australia, Rustic has begun establishing relationships with local organisations and communities to support indigenous youth leadership, cultural exchange and shared learning programs.
Welcome to Country Experience: Be welcomed to country by local elders with a smoking ceremony.
Cook ups and Camp Fires: Participate in a traditional cook up and share stories with elders around the campfire.
On Country Experience in Community: Learn about Indigenous culture while living on country in an Indigenous community.
Visit Indigenous Art Galleries and Rock Art Sites: Learn about local artists and their style of art. Sit with artists as they create and hear the stories that their artwork is based on. Visit local rock art sites with Indigenous guides.
Language Lessons: Participate in Indigenous language lessons with local community members.
All of the above Aboriginal cultural experiences are available for inclusion in our custom designed programs. Alternatively, contact us to learn about our pre-existing Central Australia programs.
Learn more about Aboriginal Cultural Immersion with Rustic Pathways.