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All you need to know about the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Karkke Aboriginal Cultural Experience & Tours take place in Australia’s magnificent Kings Canyon in the Red Centre, approximately a 5 hour drive southwest of Alice Springs. Karkke is located on the south eastern perimeter of beautiful Watarrka National Park which is home to the stunning Kings Canyon. This is a place of significant Aboriginal heritage, with its rugged peaks and breathtaking gorges cutting through the ancient landscape.

The total tour duration is one hour and costs just $99/adult, $44/child. The tour operates from Wednesday through to Sunday with four start times at 9.00am, 10.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. A Karkke Aboriginal Cultural Tour is something everyone should try.

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Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience Tour

Let’s now discover more about the Karkke Tour and what’s included.

While the tour involves only a short walk and lasts for one hour, guests will experience and learn a lot about Aboriginal culture and the local area during that time. It takes place in Kings Canyon in the incredible Watarrka National Park. Your hosts will explain to you the spiritual significance of the region, as was lived by both the Pertame and Luritja peoples. The land is still owned by the Aboriginal tribes and is considered one of their sacred sites for cultural significance.

The tour is designed to be enlightening, entertaining and to enable visitors to understand the ways of indigenous Australians and how they have survived for thousands of years in this location. Part and parcel of the tour is a guide on bush tucker and traditional Aboriginal bush medicine. You will also discover weapons used by local people and cultural artefacts that bring the skills and culture of Central Australians to life. Dot painting has always been revered in Aboriginal circles and you’ll discover more about this art form as well.

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Bush Food and Bush Medicine

Learn what the indigenous Australians eat and forage, including the infamous Witchetty Grub. You'll even get a chance to try some of the foods. Also, discover the secret ingredients of bush medicine.

Weapons and Artefacts

Find out how Aboriginal people construct their weapons and craft their artefacts, including the wood and materials used.

Dot Painting

Aboriginal dot painting will be explained in great detail and demonstrations are included.

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Book Your Tour Today

The lands where Karrke Tours take place are considered sacred by indigenous Australians and are steeped in centuries of local history. On the tour, you’ll learn everything about the region, including how to forage for food, make weapons and survive this rugged climate. It’s a tour that everyone should experience and something you’ll never forget, so make a booking today.

Frequently Asked Questions

- A camera to capture some amazing photos
- A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection
- In summer, wear cool and comfortable clothing and closed in footwear, preferably with long socks
- In winter, make sure you have a jacket as the morning and afternoon tours may get cold.
- A fly net is also recommended to keep flies away from your face (during summer)
- Carry water with you to remain hydrated
Karrke is located on the south east edges of the Watarrka National Park. Look out for the Karrke sign, and turn off onto a dirt road for 2km to reach Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours.
Kar­rke is the Abo­rig­i­nal name, in the Aran­da lan­guage, for the western Bowerbird.

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