Indigenous cultural tourism

Aboriginal elder Peter Bolgi interprets rock art at an exclusive Skysafari cultural site in the escarpment of Nitmiluk National Park. Photographer: David Hancock. Copyright: SkyScans.

There are so many incredible experiences waiting for you in the outback. You just need curiosity, a sense of adventure and some good information to help you prepare.

We are specialists

Explaining culture at Buku Larrnngay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala NT

Provenance Arts is ideally placed to help you with your holiday experience planning because the owners of Provenance Arts are the specialists in cultural tourism! We are Aboriginal Australians and have been hosting visitors to Injalak Arts art centre and rock art sites in our remote community in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) for more than 25 years.

Isaac, Injalak Arts tour guide, with rock art to visitors on Injalak Hill

We have unparalleled knowledge of the challenges and rewards experienced by tourists who ‘go bush’ (into the outback). Going to a remote community is a bit like visiting another country, every community is unique and the experience can be incredibly rewarding but it is a step into the unknown. Visitors who have had the opportunity to sit with and learn from us give outstanding feedback – so we are well placed to provide expert advice about where and how to go. Our staff have lived in and traveled all around remote Australia.

Hand tool Photographer: David Hancock 

Take a tour or self-drive?

There are so many amazing options, whether you want to take a guided tour or organise your own transport and itinerary.

Tours: We have an extensive network of tour operator partners offering a wide range of experiences from half-day activities to day trips and longer multi-day journeys all over the NT and beyond.  The tour operators take care of your transport and permits to enter Aboriginal Lands, if they are required. The choices are many and varied and suit a wide range of budgets and interests.

Self-driving: There’s nothing quite like taking the road less travelled – and that’s a good way to describe many roads in the Northern Territory. Self driving in the outback requires planning and preparation and we can give you a heads up. We have the know-how to assist you if you’d like to visit remote communities to experience Aboriginal cultures first-hand.

Preparing for your trip – managing expectations

Trip planning: We want you to have the best possible experience in the NT and remote Australia and will support your trip planning. This includes helping with need-to-knows about traveling out bush including things as diverse as:

  • remote roads and river crossings
  • whether you need a permit to enter Aboriginal lands and how to get one
  • food availability
  • accommodation
  • vehicle requirements
  • culturally appropriate behaviour and protocols
  • what to wear
  • safety
Being prepared is important