The first Australians were and are deeply traditional people. Their culture, principles and beliefs have time after time intrigued all those who have had the pleasure on interacting with them. Darwin is a city that has a profound aboriginal presence. If you are keen on taking a peek into their sacred culture there are a few places here that you must explore
Darwin’s Art Galleries
Aboriginal art is deep stuff. It seeps you into another world where you get a glimpse of the mind of the artist and we all know that the first Australians had anything but simple minds. In Darwin there are plenty of galleries that showcase the best of aboriginal art. Start with the museum and gallery of the northern territory in the city and then go on to visiting the smaller locally owned indigenous art galleries for a comprehensive insight into aboriginal art. There are also tour packages to the Tiwi Islands where there are galleries with spectacular pieces of art including ceramics, carvings and paintings.
This National park is spread across 20,000 square kilometers and is a scenic paradise. Adorned with rolling hills, sparkling rivers, stone escarpments, and so much more this park is a sight for sore eyes. However, what makes this national park significant in light of the first Australians is the presence of truly fascinating rock art. In fact, there are over 5000 spots around the national park adorned with rock art the most famous of which is Ubirr and Nourlangie. All of this is proof that the aboriginal inhabitation of the region spanned for around 40000 years and they most certainly left their mark here.
You need a permit to visit the Arnhem land, but whatever you may have to go through to get your hands on one is definitely worth the while. For the aboriginal people the Arnhem land Is spiritual, hence there are a couple of strict rules around visitation. Arnhem land is one of the best places to witness unspoiled aboriginal culture. Here everything from the traditions to the way of life is well preserved and to this day it is flourishing. You can also pay a visit to Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), meet the locals and immerse yourself in some art at the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre.
The Litchfield National Park
Equipped with a guide by your side, there is quite a lot of aboriginal treasures that you can discover in the Litchfield National Park as well. The traditional owners of this park are the Wagait people and they come with their very own one of a kind aboriginal culture. While exploring the significant places within the park, your guide will explain the connection each place, monument and art work has with the aboriginal culture. Also make sure you get the interesting stories out of your guide for they sure are worth listening to.
And lastly be a part of the festivities. Celebrating with the aborigines gives you a rare insight into the aboriginal culture and this is something you would not want to miss out on. For the best of cultural festivities visit the Tiwi Islands. If you are in time for the Milimika festival you are sure to have a ball of a time. This festival of art, dance, music and football showcases the first Australian way of life in an entirely different light. As fun as it is, taking part in their festivities is also an insightful experience. Everything from the aboriginal culture to their beliefs is remarkable in many ways.