Australia is one place which does not disappoint whenever you visit it—there is plenty to explore in this country. However, when we say that we do not only mean the forests, metropolises, beaches and other commonly known features of the country; we are also talking about its Aboriginal sites which are cultural heritage and standing proofs of the life and beliefs that existed prior to the colonization of the country.
Aboriginal sites, which were usually worshipping places for the tribes, are now popular tourist attractions and witness inflow of hundreds and thousands of visitors every year. It is, however, recommended that you visit these sites not only for their aesthetic appeal but also the underlying history and relevance with respect to the tribes which created them.
In this article, and as you already know by now, we are going to talk about a few Aboriginal sites in Australia which must find a place on your itinerary. So, without further ado, here is a list of 6 Aboriginal sites you should definitely check out.
Yes, we are talking about the Ayres Rock, and, trust us, it is one of the most magnificent places to visit in your lifetime. What makes it more exciting is its connection with Aboriginal history and creed. Thus, when in Australia, Uluru is the place you should head to.
While it is a famous site, many indigenous people living over there request visitors to not climb up on the rock since it hurts sentiments of the community. There are, however, plenty of other things you can do around Uluru such as riding on a camel’s back, listening to stories from traditional owners of the rock, riding bikes and whatnot.
Kata Tjuta is an Aboriginal term which means “many heads”. It is a holy place to the members of the Anangu tribe, and most of the stories and information regarding the tribe comes from here.
Kata Tjuta comprises 36 dome-shaped ochre rocks sprawling over 20 km of the outback. It is situated just about 30 km away from the famed Uluru rock, together with which it makes up the much-visited Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Kata Tjuta offers an educational and spiritual experience since it allows its visitors to go around the place on various trails. Thus, visitors are able to catch up to the permeating sentiments of the indigenous community more personally than in Uluru.
The Great Ocean Road is the most famous tourist trail between Melbourne and South Australia, and this route is also home to many revered Aboriginal sites—one notable mention is Tower Hill.
Situated close to a country town known as Warrnambool, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve houses a dormant volcano crater which is believed to be the place where Aboriginals once lived about 32,000 years ago before the eruption. The site held sacrosanct values to a number of tribes belonging to the Gunditjmara Nation which included the Peek Whurrong and Koroit-gunditj people.
South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum is not technically an Aboriginal site but is essentially a museum which houses about 3,000 Aboriginal artifacts—the largest for any museum in Australia. It puts on exhibition boomerangs, paintings, weapons, shields and other items from the pre-colonial times and offers a great amount of educational experience to the visitors.
Here at the museum, you will be informed of the various tribes, their culture, and language, how they spiritually connected themselves with natural beings, and the consequences they suffered upon European colonization.
Come here if you want to take a magnified look into the world of Aboriginals.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is the biggest National Park in the country, sprawling across 20,000 sq. km and situated close to the Northern Territory of the country, Darwin. It is the landscape of the indigenous communities which are supposed to have existed before colonial times.
Here at the park, visitors are offered educational guidance from Aboriginal guides and enabled to engage in a number of recreational activities such as river boating, watching wildlife, taking an educational tour on ancient rock art and whatnot.
Kakadu is an exciting educational and spiritual experience for anyone, even for those who could not care less about Aboriginals. On your way through the park, we promise you would be mesmerized by the plethora of enlightening giveaways which you do not always find everywhere.
Birrarung Marr is situated along the Yarra River in Melbourne and is regarded as a holy place. This site holds great importance in Aboriginal history since it was used for ceremonial purposes. Here people would gather during the migration of eels and perform a number of ceremonial activities such as Tanderrum, which is a huge gathering of people.
The site is characterized by many images of the shields and boulders that represent the five tribes of the Kulin Nation which united the Wurundjeri Creation Spirits.
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