Western Australia & Northern Territory: First Nations food experiences
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Broome and the north west - Western Australia
Take part in the tradition of the saltwater lifestyle by learning to fish the Aboriginal way – with only spears and stillness. In the Kimberley’s Kununurra, learn a word or two in the Mirrawoong language and seek out bush tucker for billy tea or for adding flavour and spice that will make your meals sing.
Taste the perfection of seasonal fruits and meet outback wildlife as you gain some fascinating insights into the Yawuru culture and delve into the pearling history of the region, these creamy treasures are hosted by oysters of course, a vital source of vitamins and minerals for Australia’s first peoples.
Take the road less travelled through the stunning Yungngota Community – the back way through the Fitzroy Valley to Fitzroy Crossing for campfire storytelling and foraging.
Where to stay: YHA Broome
Perth and the south - Western Australia
For something different, head to Yalingup and enjoy a guided bushwalk through the Ngilgi Cave, home of the good spirit, Ngilgi. Haunting didgeridoo music is a highlight.
Trace rare flora and fauna at Bindjareb Park and work up an appetite for pepper squid or herb-crusted kangaroo, native to the area. In Kalgoorlie, hunt for tasty honey ants with techniques as old as time, and choose from a range of tours that focus on connection to the land. You can even track outback wildlife and make traditional implements while you enjoy bush tucker cooked in an earth oven.
Back in Yalingup, perfect your fire making skills with and immerse your senses in the alms of nature as you meet the animals and plants significant to the local Aboriginal people. In Dumbleyung, you’ll love the weitj (emu) farm tour, where you'll delve into the medicinal benefits of the revered emu oil and meet the producers up close. Leave some room for the quandong jam and emu pate!
Where to stay: YHA Fremantle Prison
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Darwin and surrounds - Northern Territory
Choose your own adventure with a private Kakadu, Katherine or Litchfield tour or take it easy with a trip to the Darwin Botanic Gardens to view native flora. Browse the Mindil Sunset Market for authentic art and indigenous ingredients that make for a great reminder of your time here, or for gift giving later.
Build your skills in the art of spear throwing and kindle a blaze with just two sticks, or join your guides on a 4WD adventure to hunt for crustaceans and other seasonal delights on an intimate tour with plenty of photo opportunities.
Litchfield National Park is a splendid spot with great spiritual significance to Indigenous Australians. There are plenty of croc-safe pools for swimming – but always check first. Bush food is everywhere here, and if you’re lucky, you might try a bit of termite mound, used in native medicine to settle upset stomachs.
For something really special, head to Kakadu National Park in May for the Taste of Kakadu festival – a wonderful 10-day affair featuring various food-focused events, meals and activities under the guidance of local First Nations experts. It's a truly immersive experience, and each evening attendees can enjoy live music, delicious victuals and beautiful ambient lighting in the stunning surrounds of the park.
Where to stay: YHA Darwin | MoM Darwin
Central Australia / Alice Springs - Northern Territory
Witchetty grub anyone? Make the most of this opportunity to taste one of Australia’s best known bush foods, a high-protein moth larvae that’s said to taste like almonds. Most people eat them alive. And raw.
The Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a magical experience- a true feast for the senses with bush tucker inspired dining options, white tablecloths and a blanket of black sky above.
The MacDonnell Ranges are the highest in Australia and host beautiful bush walks, waterholes and even Aboriginal rock art. Enjoy a picnic or cook over a campfire in between exploring the gorges.
Where to stay: YHA Alice Springs
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