Ceremony is important to First Nation People

Indigenous Australia


The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest living culture in the World.  The First Nations People's culture has been handed down by countless generations through their Dreamtime stories, which still exist today

Aboriginal Crafts
Aboriginal Drawings

The Indigenous history of Australia since 1788, when European settlers first arrived on the continent is a story of resilience and perseverance in the face of enormous challenge and adversity.

The history of Indigenous Australians has been one of strife, struggle and survival. In 1788, the British invaded their land with little regard for Aboriginal rights or customs – they imposed their own legal systems and dispossessed Aboriginal people from their traditional lands. This invasion led to significant loss of culture, language and land for many Indigenous communities in Australia.

Despite these significant losses, Indigenous Australians have managed to retain much of their ancient knowledge and culture. They still practice hunting, fishing and gathering methods that have been passed down through generations - a testament to their strength and ingenuity as a people in adapting to change.

Australia's First Nation are some of the best known and least understood people in the world. Their culture, art and stories are in popular demand all over the world.  Aboriginal artwork and music has been incorporated in most things Australian, and has become a recognisable feature of Australia.  Indigenous Australians have a rich history and culture that is worth exploring.

Aboriginal Crafts
Aboriginal Drawings

First Nation Culture

Indigenous culture is deeply embedded in Australian life today – from art to music to dance styles; from ancient stories told around campfires to traditional healing practices; from respect for the land and its animals to ceremonies performed annually at sacred sites across the country.

Cultural Impact

The cultural impact of over 200 years of colonialism remains evident in many ways – both positive and negative – throughout modern-day Australia. It is important that we continue to learn about our shared past as we move forward together into an inclusive future.

Culture is not something you acquire; it’s something you learn by living it…
You only understand it if you’re exposed to it over long periods of time

- David Attenborough

Respect & Regulations

When touring the more remote regions where there are large areas of Aboriginal land, it is a good idea to respect the different regulations that are associated with each.

  1. Permits are required to travel on Aboriginal Lands in the Goldfields region.
  2. The Great Central Road, between Laverton and Uluru is patrolled and fines result if visitors have not obtained a permit.
  3. Permit application forms are available from any Department of Indigenous Affairs office or on the internet at www.dia.wa.gov.au/alt. Allow 2-3 weeks in advance for applications to be processed. It is the right of the Traditional Owners to refuse an entry permit.
  4. When travelling through Aboriginal Lands it is prohibited to divert off the main road.
  5. Unleaded petrol can not be purchased within the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. Only Avgas is available at the three fuel stops within the Shire - Warburton, Docker River and Giles. Unleaded fuel can be purchased at Yulara to the west and Tjukayirla to the east.
  6. It is prohibited to take jerry cans of unleaded fuel into the Shire.


The Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for a “First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution”

Indigenous dancers strike a pose during the Homeground festival - a major annual celebration of aboriginal culture.
The Missing Treaty

The Māori people of New Zealand successfully secured a treaty with the British government in 1840, while Australia's Aboriginal population did not, leading to discussion of why this difference exists.

NT Indigenous Artists
NT Indigenous Artists

Indigenous art is a big part of the Northern Territory life. No matter where you roam you'll find it in it's natural habitat or on display in art galleries.

Voice to Parliament referendum: A Unique Opportunity
Voice to Parliament Referendum:
A Unique Opportunity

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament: A Unique Opportunity for Australia

The People Voted NO: What next?
The People Voted NO: What next?

The outcome of the Australian referendum on the 'Voice to Parliament' proposal has been met with mixed reactions, and must be respected while its implications are carefully considered.

Discover the magic of Uluru
Discover the magic of Uluru

Uluru is an iconic sandstone formation that stands 348 meters high and stretches over 3.6 kilometers long.

 What is the Makarrata Commission
What is the Makarrata Commission

The Australian government announced the formation of a Makarrata Commission to oversee the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

A Brief History of First Nation People
A Brief History of First Nation People

First Nation Peoples descended from groups that lived in Australia & surrounding islands before British colonisation.

Aboriginal Embassy
Aboriginal Embassy - Canberra

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a permanent protest occupation site representing the political rights of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.

Devil's Pool
Devil's Pool

Devil's Pool is a natural pool in a treacherous stretch of Babinda Creek (Qlnd) which holds a sinister centuries-old Aboriginal history.

Things to See in Australia