There is so much history hiding away in South Australia’s beauty! Beyond the exceptional wineries, food experiences, fashion, art, and fabulous people are stories just waiting to be told. And who better to tell those stories than the original custodians of the land — so why not take a tour or experience something new with South Australia’s First Peoples. You’ll walk away with a deeper knowledge of the place that we are lucky enough to call home.
Here are a few that we’ve found and loved…
Did you know that the Riverland is home to Australia’s very first International Dark Sky Reserve? How cool is that! It’s the most spectacular place to take in the stars, and this epic experience will give you the opportunity to learn even more about what’s sitting right up above.
You’ll be led by Astronomy Guides giving you a tour of the night sky, and will hear from Aboriginal custodians as they welcome you to their ancient rock shelter. And when you’re not looking up, up and away — take a glance around at the Murray River, wildlife, and impressive ancient cliffs.
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Take a trip to the Flinders Ranges (the Adnyamathanha region), and pop your learning hat on because there is so much to take in across this ancient land.
Kristian Coulthard is a proud Adnyamathanha man, who spends his days sharing his family’s culture and stories with others at Wadna. Hop on one of his tours and you’ll be lucky enough to see authentic Aboriginal artefacts, engravings, try bush tucker, spot local wildlife and so much more. The knowledge that Kristian has for this beloved land is something you’ll absolutely want to soak in.
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Bookabee Tours is one hundred percent Aboriginal owned and operated, and we’re lucky enough to have them offering tours providing memorable experiences and Aboriginal knowledge and culture right here in our city centre. Choose from 1.5 hours, a half day or a full day experience and let the Bookabee guides teach you more and more about the importance of the land around our city centre. Some of the key spots you’ll have a chance to visit include the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Native Plant guided walk and The Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery – South Australian Museum. If you call Adelaide home, you should ABSOLUTELY add this to your to-do list.
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This water bound experience is unique way to visit parts of the Coorong that you might not usually stumble upon! The Coorong National Park is a huuuuge area, with so much history — the stories never end! Guests onboard will be chartered to different areas around the Coorong, stopping for guided walks to explore dune vegetation, while learning about the abundant flora and fauna found here as well as how the Aboriginal people lived in the area (including a stop off at an old Aboriginal midden site). And as a bonus — you’ll get to enjoy lunch and afternoon tea while you’re cruising!
The deep connection and history that Aboriginals and the First Nations have to our land is something we should all have a deeper learning and understanding of. And these tours are a fantastic place to start!