10 fun Indigenous activities for families

Indigenous family experiences
Indigenous family experiences

To celebrate NAIDOC Week here are fun family activities that also give priceless insight into Australia's Indigenous cultures. The NRMA and Welcome to Country have gathered some of the best Indigenous activities from around Australia to help entertain, engage and educate your family this year.

Fun Indigenous family activities in New South Wales

Girri Girra – Bouddi Aboriginal Walking Tour

Girri Girra’s Bouddi Aboriginal Walking Tour is the perfect introduction to Aboriginal history, culture and art for children and adults alike.

Your journey through the beautiful Bouddi National Park park begins with an Acknowledgement of Country, followed by hearing creation stories and participating in a traditional smoking ceremony. A walk follows, with participants moving in the footsteps of Australia’s first people to feel their living connection in the 21st century.

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Fun Indigenous family activities in Victoria

Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill – Guided Bush and Cultural Walk 

Fire up your family's excitement with a walk through the bush into the crater of a dormant volcano with Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill.

Your Aboriginal guide will explain the volcanic history of the Tower Hill and local Aboriginal culture as you see thousand-year-old artefacts and search for and taste bush tucker. Emus, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and more native wildlife will all be encountered during the experience.

The kids will even get a chance to learn how to throw a boomerang!

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre – Discover Narana Guided Cultural Tour

Learning is fun, and the Discover Narana Guided Cultural Tour offers the perfect learning environment. Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s cultural display, performance building, art gallery and native gardens will pique your kid’s interest in Aboriginal culture.

Exploration of the beautiful grounds gives an introduction to Aboriginal culture. Your guide will illuminate key elements of culture as you learn about connection to Country, see Aboriginal artworks and cultural artefacts.

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Enjoy a guided garden walk, taste bush foods and interact with native Australian animals with this guided tour.

Fun Indigenous family activities in Queensland

Experience Co – Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Discover the blue world with this unforgettable day tour. The Great Barrier Reef is definitely a must do Australian travel experience, but when you add Indigenous culture it elevates discovering the reef to a life-changing experience.

Cruise the outer reefs with Indigenous sea rangers and learn about the world’s oldest living culture – all while seeing some of Australia’s most amazing marine life. Your rangers will also share stories on Gunggandji sea country, including the reef creation story as well as song, dance and music.

Visit two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef sites, Milln and Flynn Reefs. Dreamtime even offer guided snorkel tours perfect for beginners, these small groups are led by a Marine Naturalist and explore a sheltered coral lagoon with expert snorkelling assistance and instruction available at all times.

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Spirits of the Red Sand – Spirits of the Red Sands Daytime Experience 

Give your kids a front row seat to history. Named Queensland's best tourism attraction by travel company RACQ for 2020, Spirits of the Red Sand is a must do school holiday activity.

Spirits of the Red Sand is an Aboriginal live and interactive theatre and storytelling experience which takes you back to 1800s Queensland when British and Aboriginal ways of life collided.

The story is told through song and dance and follows the lives of three Aboriginal brothers. Kids will become part of the story, carrying a message stick of acceptance to the elder of the village and going through the soul-cleansing smoking ceremony. The kids also have an opportunity to experience didgeridoo playing, boomerang painting, bush tucker-tasting and spear-throwing.

Fun Indigenous family activities in Western Australia

Borrgoron Coast to Creek Tour

Head north and relax and with the family. Terry Hunter from Borrgoron Coast to Creek Tours will help you make magical memories with your loved ones.

A Bardi man and fourth generation pearler, Terry will take you and the family on a journey of discovery at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Explore mangroves, creeks and tidal flats, forage for oysters and bush foods and learn how to find fresh water.

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Learn about the Bardi people’s special connection to the land and sea, hear traditional stories and experience the unique Aboriginal culture of the Dampier Peninsula. Enjoy time as a family in the glorious Kimberley sun.

Koomal Dreaming – Ngili Cave Cultural Tour 

Take the kids to an ancient battleground and watch Aboriginal history and culture come to life. Ngili Cave in the Margaret River region takes its name from the good ocean spirit who ousted the evil spirit, Wolgine, restoring water and food to the local Wardandi people.

Join Josh “Koomal” Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming on the Ngili Cave Cultural Tours to get the family moving and out into the bush.

Discover the Wardandi Dreamtime, forage for bush foods and medicines then experience fire-making and didgeridoo playing. Then venture into the cave, get you kids climbing and crawling around twists and turns to discover a treasure trove of spectacular cave formations.

Fun Indigenous family activities in Northern Territory

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours – Culture and Jumping Crocs

Scare yourself and the kids silly! Enjoy hearing the kids squeals of delight as huge wild crocodiles leap into the air on the Adelaide River during this one-hour guided cruise.

More than just jumping crocodiles, you will also learn about crocodile biology, territorial habitats and their value to the ecosystem.

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After the cruise, Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours will take you down by a billabong and keep the kids busy learning basket weaving and dilly bag making. Have a go at throwing a spear, blowing a didgeridoo and playing the clapsticks while learning about bush foods and medicines.

Maruku Arts – Dot Painting Experience

Take your little budding artists to Maruku Arts to create their own Dot Painting masterpiece.

This fun, organic and hands-on art workshop is taught by a local Anangu artist. During the workshop you will learn dot painting techniques as well as Anangu traditional art symbols, tools and language.

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By the end of the experience, your little artist will have learnt about Anangu culture and connection to Country, and walk away with their very own artwork ready to impress friends!

Wajaana Yaam – Gumbaynggirr Cultural Stand-Up Paddle Tours

Have your kids got energy to burn? Looking for a fun, physical outdoor activity? Burn some energy and learn about Gumbaynggirr Cultural with Wajaana Yaam on their Gumbaynggirr Cultural Stand-Up Paddle Tour. The experience starts with a short demonstration and safety briefing to keep your kids safe. Then it's time to set off on your paddling adventure!

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As you paddle though the Coffs Harbour Marine Park, your Aboriginal guide will teach Gumbaynggirr language, tell stories and stop along the way to see and taste local bush foods. So much cultural paddling fun in the sun!

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This piece was made in partnership with Welcome to Country, your guide to experiencing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australia.

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