Cultural homeland of the Palawa in TasmaniaEddystone Point, Tasmania
A pioneering hike guided by the palawa Indigenous community offers a deeper, nuanced perspective on Tasmania, Australia’s island state.
The wukalina Walk is a three night, four day Aboriginal guided coastal walk based around the stunning natural landscape of the larapuna (Bay of Fires) and wukalina (Mt William) areas in North East Tasmania, the cultural homeland of the palawa. The palawa are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years, so their culture and heritage is distinctively different from Australia’s mainland Aboriginal cultures, both in traditional times and since European occupation.
While traversing national parkland and reserve landscapes across larapuna (Bay of Fires) and the rugged beauty of wukalina and larapuna Bay of Fires, travellers will spend two nights in bespoke palawa inspired (domed) huts and one night in the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage at larapuna/Bay of Fires. Guests will be immersed in palawa culture and community and participate in cultural practices that have been handed down for hundreds of generations.
The experience provides a rare opportunity to walk with palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people. Guests sit in a semicircle around a campfire, listening to stories and learning ancient crafts. The palawa people did not document their history in books nor was it kept in museums, their tradition was an oral one and the landscape is their museum.
Tour departs from the Tasmanian Elders Centre in Launceston (163 St John Street) Flights to Tasmania, from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Pricing from 1 April 2021: Twin share per person AUD$2695 *Single supplement is AUD$2021. Children (12 y/o+) as per adults – no children under 12.
This experience is just one of more than 185 experiences on offer from 45 businesses in the Discover Aboriginal Experiences collective, all told by the person who owns the story being Aboriginal guided. For more go to Australia.com/aboriginal