10 of Australia's top indigenous tours

Discover 10 top back-to-country holidays in Explore this week.
Discover 10 top back-to-country holidays in Explore this week.

Australia's rich Aboriginal culture is spread across the nation.

From the Northern Territory outback to the far reaches of northern Queensland and the depths of NSW's Blue Mountains, the latest instalment of Explore will guide you through some of the country's best Indigenous tours, where you can learn about the Dreamtime, bush tucker, Aboriginal art and more.

Chef and Arrernte man Bob Taylor, for instance, will prepare a traditional three-course meal, cooked in an earth oven, as you sit under the stars in the MacDonnell Ranges. Or find out how you can join in the Garma Festival on the Gove Peninsula, with the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land.

Whether you are free to take off on an interstate holiday right now, or are planning for future possibilities, you might also want to consider a bush experience of another kind.

Deep in the Kosciuszko wilderness, John Rudd has been running horse treks through the Snowy Mountains for the past 50 years.

John Rudd leads horseback camping treks through the Snowy Mountains.

John Rudd leads horseback camping treks through the Snowy Mountains.

Cantering through the high country, sleeping in a swag under the stars and spying grey brumbies emerging from the scrub, it's a magical way to spend a long weekend in this part of NSW.

Rudd, 85, who's often described as a real-life Man from Snowy River, runs his Reynella Rides business from his family homestead at Adaminaby and says a holiday on horseback is a "real leveller".

Read more about Aussie-based travel experiences in Explore from this weekend.

Regardless of where you live and how far you can go at the moment, you'll want to keep up to date with our state-by-state guide to travel restrictions and other warnings.

Explore stories will be released online over the weekend or you can read the travel section in the Saturday editions of these daily newspapers:

  • Canberra Times
  • Newcastle Herald
  • Illawarra Mercury
  • Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth
  • Central Western Daily, Orange
  • Western Advocate, Bathurst
  • Dubbo Daily Liberal
  • Wagga Daily Advertiser
  • Launceston Examiner
  • Burnie Advocate
  • Border Mail
  • Bendigo Advertiser
  • Ballarat Courier
  • Warrnambool Standard

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