Top 10 Aboriginal Tours & Experiences in Western Australia

Are you a tourist?  Are you a local?  Are you interested, curious, amazed or attracted to learning more about the oldest living culture on Earth?

Here are my Top 10 Aboriginal Tours and Experiences in Western Australia, a state that stretches across a land that is over 2.5 million square kilometres with the worlds most beautiful beaches, remote deserts and ancient forests:

  1. Six Seasons Tour at Pullman Bunker Bay Resort (see featured image with local Elder Nina Webb showing Tom Parry how to use the guidebook while Pullman Bunker Bay Resort General Manager Leighton Yates watches on).
  2. Camping With Custodians (Pilbara and Kimberley Regions)
  3. Bindjareb Park (Pinjarra, South West Region)
  4. Black Tracks (Kununurra)
  5. Wuddi Cultural Tours and Centre (Dumbleyung, Wheatbelt Region)
  6. Laverton Art Gallery (Laverton, Northern Goldfields)
  7. Nyungar Tours (Perth)
  8. Yamaji Art Gallery (Geraldton, Mid West Region)
  9. Mandjoogoordap Dreaming (Mandurah)
  10. Jacks Story Telling Kojonup (Don’t let Jack tell you the tea is made from bush plants.  He gets it from the local supermarket up the road.)

These are experiences for the world to be proud of.

Discover. Immerse. Learn.

Radio Melayu: Lets begin the winter fightback! Get packing!

I recently spent a brilliant evening on Radio Melayu chatting about my recent adventures and how we all need to find a way to get packing and escape winter by getting overseas or embracing winter and snuggling into a gorgeous resort down south.

The link below features descriptions for a few of my new favourite things, including Bali’s spectacular new resort the Apurva Kempinski Bali, Hong Kong Star Ferries and markets, Hong Kong Disneyland, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and amazing airlines for travelling with children, including Malindo Air, Batik Air and Cathay Pacific.

 

 

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ABC Saturday Breakfast: Long weekends, overnighters and day trips

What a great chat on Saturday morning ABC Breakfast with Christine Layton, discussing the Australia Day events from Broome to Albany to keep you entertained and then a few suggestions for daytrips and overnighters throughout Western Australia.  Get out there and find new adventures even on the most well trodden path.

Below are some pics to help you pick your next regional day trip or overnighter.  Have you been to Bridgetown or Rockingham recently?

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Above:  Go down The Rabbit Hole on the main street of Bridgetown for an amazing range of local artist workshops and galleries.

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Above:  There’s no way you will leave the lolly shop in Bridgetown without a smile on a face and a bag full of sweet treats.

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Above:  Get to Rockingham which has the best range of aquatic activities in Western Australia.  Kite surf in Safety Bay, visit the penguins and dolphins on Penguin Island and in Shoalwater Bay, swim with dolphins off Palm Beach, hire jet skis, jet packs, stand up paddle boards, kayaks or cast a line on the beach and flick in some whiting and flathead.

ABC Breakfast Show: Let a Regional Show Pull You Out of the City

 

Great discussion on the ABC Saturday Breakfast Show about the lure of the regional shows – the agriculural shows – that can get city folk hitting the road for a day trip or weekender.

Regional shows have big tractors, big roosters and rams and if you’re lucky, big scones and mock chicken sandwiches in the CWA tent.

A wander through sideshow alley with spruikers enticing your participation with great calls of, “Don’t be bashful, don’t be shy, step on up and have a try!”

Just remember the golden rule on the Dodgems/Bumper Cars; “One way ’round only drivers, one way ’round only!  Left hand down, left hand down is the only way ’round!”

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ABC Breakfast Show: It’s a long way down the holiday road

 

“I found out long ago, it’s a long way down the holiday road” 

That line, from Lindsay Buckingham’s, ‘Holiday Road’, theme tune for the movie, ‘Vacation’, is so evocative of those road trips from the past and the present.

Peeling mandarins, playing travel games based on the colour of oncoming vehicles, the stench of spilled milkshakes and the music that never suited every passenger in the car so it all got turned off.

My discussion on the ABC Saturday Breakfast Show about roadtrips turned into more of a nostalgic romp through time for Charlotte, Jamie and I and we almost forgot to mention some of the good road trips from Perth that can take you to so many wonderful places.

The Avon Valley, the Ferguson Valley and Dryandra Forest are all ideal day trips from Perth that make even better overnight mini vacations.

A good road trip is all about the journey as much as the destination so make sure you pull off the road and discover a new roadhouse sausage roll or a granite outcrop full of lizards basking in the sun.

Enjoy listening to our roadtrip discussion in the link at the top of this page.  Hopefully it brings back fond memories and is just a little bit inspiring for when that next long weekend comes around.

 

 

6PR Interview: ANZAC Travels

Please enjoy the discussion below on ANZAC Travels, particularly to Western Australian memorial services on Rottnest Island, at Geraldton, Albany, Boyup Brook and Grass Patch.

 

 

From ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’;

“And the young people ask, what are they marching for? And I ask myself the same question.”

I think we’re all marching. We’re all marching to ANZAC services all over the world. We’re all marching to remember.

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Picture Above: Rottnest Island Dawn Service

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Picture Above:  A hot Rottnest Island Dawn Service Gunfire Breakfast made by the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guides

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Kundasang War Memorial – one of many war memorials across the world that are attended by Australians throughout the year and especially on ANZAC Day.
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In honour of Australia in a far away land

6PR Interview: Sports Tourism

Please enjoy the discussion below about sports tourism; what it’s worth, why we do it and how we do it:

 

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In 1987, Fremantle was revitalized to support one of the globes biggest sporting events of the 1980’s, the America’s Cup.  Today, you can touch the mystical winged keel of Australia II at the WA Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.

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F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo ensured a big crowd came to SpeedFest in 2015

6PR Interview: Easter Travels by Road and Rail

Enjoy listening to the story below about getting those Easter long weekend travels booked before it’s too late.  I’ve suggested a road trip and a rail trip that will get you out of Perth for a couple of days.

 

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In the centre of Dryandra at the Barna Mia Sanctuary, little critters shuffle, scuff and scurry under a wonderful canopy of stars.
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The locals are friendly

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Picture Above: The Australind, from the heart of Perth to the heart of Bunbury in just two and half hours (you can even buy snacks).

To help plan your road trip to Dryandra or rail trip to Bunbury I’ve attached some website addresses below:

http://www.dryandravillage.org.au

http://www.visitbunbury.com.au

http://www.bunbury.wa.gov.au

http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/plan-your-journey/the-australind

If you’re driving this Easter, take the time to get there and back safely.