Australia is full to the brim of remarkable natural landmarks, from our native flora and fauna to the golden sandy beaches stretching along the coastal border. We can be thankful to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, work and play for their continued efforts in conserving such sacred sites that date back over 60-thousand years.
Sacred sites are important to all Australians as they make up and give meaning to the cultural fabric and heritage of our country. For Indigenous people, sacred sites are an intrinsic part of a continuing body of practices and beliefs which anchor cultural values and spiritual and kin-based relationships in the land.
It’s certainly special that we have the opportunity to share this culture and travel across the vast lands of Australia. Wherever you choose to go, Adagold Aviation makes getting there simple. We can organise a charter flight aboard a private jet or private aircraft, or other suitable aircraft to deliver you directly to where you’re headed.
Indigenous Heritage Sites to Explore in 2022
The Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, illuminating the Queensland coastline with over 3-thousand individual reef systems. What we love most about the reef is it’s brilliantly coloured corals and tropical islands that are home to a wealth of aquamarine creatures and birdlife.
If you’re going out for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, we highly recommend exploring the reef on a Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel tour. Where you can step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Whilst on the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the underwater world with a snorkelling or certified diving session!
Since time immemorial, First Nations people have been intrinsically linked to the Great Barrier Reef. Their cultural and spiritual connection to the Sea Country is very much alive today and they are recognised for their contribution of sustainable use of it’s resources, preserving the reef for future generations to enjoy.
Great Sandy National Park, (Queensland)
Great Sandy National Park is one of Queensland’s largest parks and includes two island getaways easily accessible by private jet. You can visit both Cooloola and K’gari (Fraser Island) that are often a popular tourist and holiday destination for their famous coloured sands, crystal clear water and lush rainforests.
The Great Sandy area has been the home of Indigenous people for over 5-thousand years. The Butchulla people lived on K’gari (Fraser Island) and the nearby mainland. In modern day K’gari contains heritage sites of spiritual, social and archaeological significance bearing natural artifacts and scarred trees and middens that tell stories of its Butchulla ancestry.
Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, (Northern Territory)
Another world famous destination, home to many ancient wonders in Australia’s Red Centre lies the spectacular Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Descend over the barren red landscape by private jet and experience the majestic outline of Uluru casting shadows over the desert. This beautiful land is a deeply spiritual and sacred to the local Anangu people, who have lived here for more than 22-thousand years.
We recommend starting your journey at the Cultual Centre to support the local community and deepen your understanding of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Cultural Centre provides tours lead by Anangu Park Rangers where you can learn about the park’s natural environment and the local Anangu culture through interactive exhibits and presentations. While you’re here you can also immersify yourself in the local culture, with a number of Indigenous art galleries and community-owned shops and outdoor dining experiences.
Kakadu National Park, (Northern Territory)
In the Northern Territory, expanding over 20-thousand kilometres lies Australia’s largest parklands, Kakadu National Park. Renowned for it’s ancient rock artistry, thick green rainforests, thundering waterfalls and exotic wildlife, these ancient lands are a glowing tribute to the Bininj/Mungguy peoples, who have called this place home for the greater part of 60-thousand years.
Take your experience to a new level by experiencing the breathtaking horizons of the Kakadu National Park by luxury private jet travel. When you land, take a cruise of the stunning Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Billabong to get up close and personal with the wildlife in their natural habitat, spotting the likes of some crocodiles and migratory birds.
Purnululu National Park, (Western Australia)
Adding to the World Heritage listings, the Purnululu National Park (also known as the Bungle Bungles) is recognised for it’s incredible natural beauty, Indigenous ancestry and geological value. The local Gija community of Wurreranginy maintain a strong connection to this ancient landscape, expressing their intrinsic connection to land through dreamtime story, song and art.
The Bungle Bungle range features a surreal landscape, banded by great sandstone domes created over 360 million years ago. Amongst it’s spectacular chasms and gorges lives 600 plant species and an abundance of wildlife such as Honeyeaters, Doves and Woodswallows bird species.
Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup (Western Australia)
Travel to Ngilgi Cave and experience a cultural tour and twilight Didgeridoo session lead by Wadandi cultural custodian Josh Whiteland. The 1.5 hour session includes an eco bushwalk tour where you will discover ancient traditions and learn about local medicinal plants, before extending into the Cave come nightfall for the sounds of the didgeridoo played deep inside the Earth.
How to Travel Respectfully on Sacred Heritage Sites
When you arrive to your destination it’s important to acknowledge the sanctity of these incredible historical sites. Here’s some things you can do to travel respectfully while also supporting the ongoing protection and sustainability of Indigenous Australian culture.
- Book tours offered by First Nations businesses:
Many Indigenous folk offer tours and cultural experiences. Places like Tourism Australia offers a collective of over 185 quality and authentic Aboriginal guided tourism offerings through Discover Aboriginal Experiences.
- Buy authentic Indigenous art and merchandise:
Support local Indigenous communities by sourcing authentic independent and locally made goods from Indigenous artists. This could also expand to reading materials like books and zines or jewellery, pottery and handmade goods.
- Document and photograph respectfully:
Keep a diary of your unique experiences and things that you have learned about the culture so that you can share them with others and help cultivate an appreciation of the sites you’ve visited. Make sure to also photograph in a respectful manner, as with most social situations, ask for permission before taking pictures of significant sites. Your respect will be welcomed and permission granted more often than refused.
Adagold Aviation Can Help You Get There
Our charter flight specialists are available to help get you anywhere that you need to go, on your own schedule. Whether you’re looking to travel in a group or on your own, we can help you get to these off-the-beaten-track locations with a private jet or aircraft suitable for your travel needs. Get in touch with us today on 1800 767 747.