You glance at your kids giggling and chatting with their new Aboriginal friends and marvel at what an amazing day you are all having. You’ve swum together in a spring-fed pool, eaten kangaroo tail for lunch, learnt to play a didgeridoo, and painted the traditional way using ochres and brushes made out of reeds. Now you are sitting in the shade of a huge mango tree, making string from the bark of a kurrajong tree. Soon you will be learning how to throw spears, and find your own bush foods. This time spent in the heart of an Aboriginal community – sharing their life and culture – is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
Depart from Katherine accommodation or self-drive to Manyallaluk (100 km); (08) 8972 1253 or 1300 146 743
■ The chance to unwind. Part of your experience will be adjusting to the slow, relaxed Aboriginal lifestyle.
The 3000-square-kilometre property of Manyallaluk was a cattle station in the early 1900s, but it has now been returned to the Aboriginal people. This tourism venture provides the community with self-determination and employment. The venture has been so successful it has won three consecutive national tourism awards, gaining a place in the Tourism Hall of Fame.
■ Other skills demonstrated on your tour include fire-lighting, weaving pandanus leaves, and how to use plants for medicine and bush tucker.
- Indigenous tours - Manyallaluk, Eco-friendly activity