More often than not, the excitement to see the world's most famous sights causes us to overlook the sanctity of certain sights - especially those sights which hold strong significance to indigenous communities. In Australia, the Aboriginals are the indigenous people to the land and they have long suffered at the hands of the colonial powers. Ever since the British first invaded, Aboriginal peoples have had their land stolen from them or destroyed. Most of the land has still to be returned today, and the loss of their land has had a devastating social and physical impact on Aboriginal peoples.
Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are among the most popular tourist sights in Australia, but their significance is deeply anchored in ancient Aboriginal cultures. Although there is a high concentration of impressive and easily accessible sites of Aboriginal importance in Central Australia, there is a relatively low number of tour operators that concentrate on Aboriginal culture or work with Aboriginal communities. Given this unfortunate reality, it is more important than ever that you do a some extra research to find an ethical tour operators if your hoping to go on a bush adventure without perpetuating the systems of oppression in the country.
In fact, going a tour is an awesome opportunity to support Indigenous owned initiatives if you do your research right since profits will be going back to local communities. To help you plan your trip, here are a couple of Indigenous owned and run tour operators:
Jungala offers one-day culture walks and half-day bike rides, with an Aboriginal guide. Jungala allows tourists to be fully immerse in the indigenous culture and provides amazing food and facilities.
RT Tours is an Aboriginal-led experience with a focus on bush foods and how they are traditionally prepared! Highly recommended for the foodie types.
This operator organizes visits to Rainbow Valley with a traditional custodian.