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Must Do Guided Experiences with a Traditional Custodian

What better way to experience the Red Centre than to learn from the Traditional Custodians of its ancient lands. Learn about the artistic styles of Anangu artists at Uluru, or discover the diversity of Aboriginal language and cultural groups in Watarrka (Kings Canyon), Angkerle Atwatye (Standley Chasm), Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Larapinta (Finke River).

 

Uluru

Cave Art Cultural Walk or Dot Painting Experience (Maruku Arts)

Maruku Arts collective offers two fantastic cultural experiences at Uluru: discover the Kuniya Walk while your Anangu guide explains Creation-time stories depicted in the caves, or discover the ancient symbols used in Anangu art and teachings at the open-air Dot Painting Experience.

Patji – A True Aboriginal Experience (SEIT)

For those who want to experience more than just the touristy side of ‘the rock’, you simply must book the SEIT Patji tour. Hear from the Traditional Owners themselves how Paddy Uluru fought for Aboriginal land rights, and what unfolded to get Uluru where it is today.

 

Uluru Aboriginal Art & Cultural Experience (AAT Kings)

On this half-day tour, you will learn how the Anangu live in this extraordinary environment and are connected with the land. Listen to stories passed down from Elders and their interpretations of rock art, and learn the art of dot painting yourself.

 

Artist Residency Program – Gallery of Central Australia (GoCA)

Primarily running during the peak visiting season, you have the chance to interact with and observe Indigenous artists in-residence working inside the gallery space. Refer to the Gallery of Central Australia webpage for more information on artists in residence.

Kings Canyon

Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours

Head to Karrke on the southeast edges of Watarrka National Park, 34 kilometres from Kings Canyon Resort. Their one-hour tour includes a short walk and talk covering important cultural sites, bush tuck­er and med­i­cines used by the Lurit­ja and Per­tame (South­ern Arrernte) people.

West MacDonnell Ranges

Cultural Experience Tour (Standley Chasm)

Receive a warm welcome to the sacred women’s dreaming site of Angkerle Atwatye (Standley Chasm) by its Traditional Owners. Share their appreciation of this beautiful cultural site, learning about its unique geology, flora and fauna, bush medicine and cultural history on a half day walk, cultural demonstration and dot-painting workshop.

 

Cultural History Hermannsburg Tour (Finke River Cultural Tours)

Based in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), proud Western Arrernte guides run tours of the Hermannsburg Precinct and Rodna homeland, as well as significant sites in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and Finke Gorge National Park.

Alice Springs

Artist Residency Program (Yubu Napa)

Yuba Napa’s artists in residence program creates a unique experience to meet artists at work in their permanent studio. The studio showcases some of the most original and contemporary Indigenous artwork in the Red Centre.

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