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Gulpilil reprises a version of this role in the 2008
Baz Luhrmann film, Australia. Only this time Gulpilil's
character leads his grandson, Nullah, played by Brandon
Walters, into rather than out of the outback in order to
learn the ways of the ancestors.
Today we can learn from the Aboriginal concept
of 'walkabout' and leave the pressures of everyday
life behind to re-discover what is important to us. For
the majority of us, going 'walkabout' means taking a
holiday and using this time to escape the pressures of
daily life and to get back in touch with ourselves. Going
'walkabout' restores a sense of magic and wonder to
our lives. It enriches our spirit.
Australian 'walkabout' experiences
Aboriginal tourism operators around Australia offer a
wide range of 'walkabout' experiences. These include
guided walks in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney,
gourmet adventures in Victoria, bushwalks in Kakadu
National Park, the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia, and
camping under the stars in the outback.
Other 'walkabout' options include visiting ancient
rock art sites throughout Australia, urban walkabout
tours in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin,
nature-based safari 'walkabouts' in the Flinders Ranges
in South Australia and cultural interpretation in Tasmania.
Because going 'walkabout' is essentially an individual
experience that involves escaping from the everyday,
many Australian holidays are forms of 'walkabout'.
Beach holidays, outback experiences, and journeys by
road, rail, cruise ship, camel or horseback are just some
of the experiences that enrich our lives.
Key 'walkabout' facts
'Walkabout' is not an aimless activity but a deliberate
and focussed journey connecting Aboriginal people to
their traditional lands and spiritual obligations.
Today Aboriginal people still carry on this practice
but have moved from just travelling by foot to using
cars, boats and even light planes to connect and visit
important sights in Australia.
Individuals on 'walkabout' appreciate the
spiritual interconnectedness of all living things. This
understanding is very powerful and important for
Traditional Aboriginal wild foods sustained those
on 'walkabout'. Learning how to identify and harvest
traditional foods such as bush tomatoes, Illawarra plums,
quandongs, lilli pillies, muntari berries, wattle seeds,
Kakadu plums and bunya bunya nuts is part of the
Contemporary understandings of 'walkabout'
remain true to the concept's Aboriginal heritage. To go
'walkabout' in the 21st century is to escape from the
pressures of everyday life and to reconnect with yourself,
with loved ones, and with the natural world. ●
BRAMBUK the National Park & Cultural Centre
Situated in Halls Gap within the spectacular
Grampians National Park, this award winning
centre offers visitors extensive information on
the local Aboriginal Culture, history, rock art
sites, and the natural environment as well as
servicing the needs of visitors to the National
ParkAboriginal owned and operated Brambuk's
design and grounds interpret the traditional
stories of the local Aboriginal people. Discover
the culture of the Aboriginal communities of
Western Victoria through multimedia shows,
art exhibitions, artefact displays, cultural talks
and lots of fun activities such as didgeridoo
lessons, Bushtucker walks, boomerang
throwing and painting. Learn about the unique
six seasons of Gariwerd through our displays
or join our Aboriginal guides on tours to
ancient rock art sites and experience the
secrets of the natural world.
The on-site Gift Shop offers a range of
quality products; and the Bush Tucker Café is
licensed and serves delicious bush tucker and
"Nga Keenatt Brambuk Badeema Djilga
(Brambuk welcomes you to try, taste & feel
the culture of Gariwerd)
Open 9-5 daily, admission is free.
Ph: (03) 53614000 Fax: (03) 5356 4455
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W:
277 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381
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