Australia Indigenous Immersion: the Art of Storytelling 15D/14N

15 days

Australia Indigenous Immersion: the Art of Storytelling 15D/14N
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$AUD 2,400 per day

Around 65,000 years ago, Aboriginal peoples arrived in Australia and spread out across the continent, giving birth to a remarkably diverse set of cultures known for their art and storytelling. 

Yet despite its rich cultural traditions, Aboriginal Australians remain one of the most misunderstood Indigenous populations in the world. Viewed through a Eurocentric gaze, the sacred values and teachings of Aboriginal history, customs and cultural practices of the estimated 500 distinct clan groups that were distributed across Australia has been largely unrecognised. 

A keystone of Aboriginal heritage lies in the incredible rock art that remains in place. Amongst the finest in the world, exploring the rock art of Australia is one of the best ways to enrich our understanding of the continent and its ancient peoples. In the words of our Expedition Leader Dr Jo McDonald: “Rock art is the oldest evidence for human communication. This symbolic behaviour is the earliest surviving record for the transmission of complex thought and enduring communications between different groups and generations. Rock art lets us see what mattered to people many millennia ago. The value of these precious works of art, a record of our human journey, needs to be appreciated if we are to protect this heritage from destruction.” 

This ground breaking expedition explores the ancient wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture. Through the lens of rock art and the stories of the Dreaming, our purpose is to take a deep dive into Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous culture. We travel back through the millennia, exploring the painted landscapes of Australia’s Top End, from the arrival of Europeans and the expeditions of the Macassans of South-East Asia to some of the country’s oldest rock art, the Gwion Gwion’s of the Kimberley region. 

Led by renowned archaeologist Professor Jo McDonald, one of Australia’s most distinguished rock art experts, this private air safari travels to some of the remotest regions in the country while staying at the most luxurious camps and lodges the Top End has to offer. Throughout this immersive journey, we spend time with Indigenous custodians, meeting Indigenous guides, elders and artists, hearing their stories and looking at the history and culture of Aboriginal Australia through their eyes. 

In the spirit of reconciliation, Arcadia Expeditions acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

  • Interpret the meaning of ancient Aboriginal rock art with our expert Indigenous hosts and one of the country’s leading rock art experts, Jo McDonald
  • Explore remote destinations off the tourist trail by private plane including Groote Eylandt, Elcho Island and the iconic Kimberley Coast
  • Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with Indigenous-led bush tucker walks, river cruises and visits to Aboriginal art centres to meet with renowned artists
  • Travel to the heart of the little-visited Arnhem Land region and meet with locals from the Aboriginal community of Maningrida
  • Experience some of Australia’s most prolific wildlife on the floodplains and savannah woodland of Bamurru Plains and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park 
  • Travel on the magnificent Paspaley Pearling Mallard for an unforgettable flight over the 
  • Top End of Australia, taking in views of this stunning wilderness 
  • Try your hand at barramundi fishing and catching mud crabs 
  • Stay in some of Australia’s most lavish remote accommodation including Davidson’s Safari Lodge and Bamurru Plains Luxury Camp



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