Aboriginal Culture

Central Australia is one big cultural experience bringing you closer to the world's oldest living culture. The Dreamtime is fundamental to Aboriginal culture and is a complex network of the spiritual, natural and moral elements of the world. In Alice Springs learn the Yeperenye (Caterpillar) dreaming story from the Arrernte people and at Uluru join the Mala Walk and hear the Dreamtime story of how Anangu ancestors forged the mammoth icon.

If you are a lover of arts Alice Springs’ outstanding art galleries and cultural museums are the perfect way to see and learn how Dreamtime stories, ancient myths, symbols and images are illustrated in local Aboriginal artworks and performances. Head out to Ewaninga Conservation Reserve (south of Alice Springs) and view the thousands of years old rock carvings and petroglyphs marked into sandstone. Visit one of the many art centres or museums where local Aboriginal art and artefacts are on display.

A self-guided walking tour of the Araluen Cultural Precinct (in Alice Springs) will give you a better understanding of the connection Arrernte people have to the land. There are seven sacred sites in the Precinct including the 300-year-old Corkwood tree in the sculpture garden.

For special and rare experiences take guided tours that allow you to discover bush food, Aboriginal culture, Dreamtime stories, and engage with fellow travellers in a three course dinner infused with local bush foods. 

Please keep in mind that access to some sites with spiritual significance may be restricted, and some Aboriginal people have beliefs that mean they will not want their photo taken.

Araluen Arts Centre

Attractions
Alice Springs NT
The Araluen Arts Centre is the focal point of the visual art and performance scene of Central Australia, presenting an annual program of exhibitions, performances, and fi... show more

Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre

Tours
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Nyinkka Nyunyu (pronounced ny-ink-a ny-oo ny-oo) is a fascinating and unique art, culture and interpretive centre, which offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Ab... show more

Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

Tours
Alice Springs NT
At Alice Spring's Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre you can see dot paintings and watercolours on show in the gallery, meet the Aboriginal artists who creat... show more
Gallery of Central Australia (GoCA)

Gallery of Central Australia (GoCA)

Artisans
Yulara NT
Gallery of Central Australia (GoCA) is an immersive celebration of Central Australian art. It is a cultural hub that educates and inspires visitors about Indigenous art t... show more

Ikuntji Artists

Artisans
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
Ikuntji Artists is an Indigenous owned and run art centre located at Haasts Bluff, 230km west of Alice Springs in the West Macdonnell Ranges.It was first established in 1... show more

Warlukurlangu Artists

Attractions
Alice Springs and Surrounds
100% Aboriginal-owned organisation established in 1985 & are one of the most significant Aboriginal art centres in Australia, hosting over 400 artists. Over 2/3 of ou... show more

Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Attractions
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a vibrant not-for-profit Aboriginal social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council. More than 400 Aborigin... show more

Red Spaces Cultural Tours

Tours
Uluru, Kata Tjuta NT
Red Spaces Cultural Tours organise and provide custom charters in Northern Territory’s Red Centre for groups of up to 40 persons. From 2-hour Uluru tours to 2-week cu... show more

Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio

Artisans
Alice Springs NT
Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio is an indigenous owned and operated family enterprise, situated on Traditional Arrente Land in the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges. Visitors... show more

Yubu Napa Gallery and Studio

Artisans
Alice Springs NT
Yubu Napa offers visitors a unique gallery experience. Visitors to Alice Springs have the opportunity to meet and engage with Indigenous Artists as they are creating the... show more

This is Aboriginal Art

Local Business
Alice Springs NT
Experience the diverse and colourful world of Indigenous art at This is Aboriginal Art. This is Aboriginal Art offers two levels of beautiful, ethically sourced Aborig... show more
Outback Way Outdoor Gallery

Outback Way Outdoor Gallery

Outback
Alice Springs and Surrounds
Showcasing art in an outdoor gallery setting – the picturesque desert landscape of the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges along the Outback Way in Central Australia. show more

Keringke Arts

Artisans
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
Keringke Arts is a working art studio environment providing a direct sale outlet close to Alice Springs for original, colourful and vibrant artworks. The Keringke style i... show more

Hermannsburg Potters

Artisans
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Visit the Hermannsburg Potters to see their renowned hand-built terracotta pots that are decorated with vibrant sculpted animals, landscapes, and bush tucker. show more

Larapinta Culture

Active Experiences
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
The only Aboriginal-owned business doing the Larapinta Trail. show more

Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre

Artisans
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre was officially opened in June 2008 in Ali Curung, Northern Territory. Ali Curung has a small population of 500 people. The art centre operate... show more

Tangentyere Artists

Artisans
Alice Springs NT
Tangentyere Artists, an Alice Springs-based not-for-profit, Aboriginal owned and directed Art Centre, provides new, emerging, or established artists skills, professional,... show more

Rodna Cultural Tours

Tours
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Rodna Cultural Tours is an experience of 60,000 years of Western Arrernte (Aranda) culture and history that needs to be shared. show more

Mbantua Fine Art Gallery Alice Springs

Artisans
Alice Springs NT
Mbantua Fine Art Gallery specialises in exhibiting and selling the works of Aboriginal artists from the Utopia region of Central Australia. Throughout the Gallery you wil... show more

Tobermorey Station Roadhouse & Caravan Park

Caravan Parks & Camping
East MacDonnell Ranges
Tobermorey Station Roadhouse & Caravan Park is situated 5kms from the NT/QLD border. It is a grassy oasis, as you drive off the Plenty Highway. It offers camping & ca... show more

Ayeye Atyenhe Art

Artisans
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
They paint and sell art that tells the traditional stories of the artists but their point of difference is that if you tell them your story, they will paint it for you show more

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