Australia is a wild land, where extremes of climate and terrain ensure that much of the continent has changed little since the Aboriginal Dreamtime. It is still possible to travel for days across the outback without seeing another person. Amongst this vast wilderness are ancient mountain ranges, magnificent gorges and waterfalls and Aboriginal communities with deep and abiding links between culture and country. The traveller can experience this wild country in many different ways, from a supported Larapinta Trail trek and Heysen Trail trek in the desert mountain ranges, canoeing tropical rivers on a Kakadu canoeing trip, seakayaking Tropical Queensland amongst the reefs and rainforests, bushwalking the sub-alpine wilderness on our Cradle Mountain walk or trekking amongst the forests and coastlines on the Bibbulmun Track and Cape to Cape Track of South Western Australia.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Australia's Indigenous people celebrate and share their culture at many colourful traditional and contemporary festivals throughout the year. Visit a remote Gove Peninsula community at the Garma Festival or travel back to the Dreamtime at Walking with Spirits. Head to Cape York Peninsula for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. Browse a diverse range of Aboriginal art at the Darwin or Cairns Aboriginal Art Fairs. Enjoy everything from concerts to comedy at Saltwater Freshwater Festival on the New South Wales North Coast. Catch a performance of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's leading Indigenous Performing Arts Company as it tours city and regional venues across Australia.
CULTURE & HERITAGE
The culture of Australia is essentially a Western culture influenced by the unique geography of the Australian continent, the diverse input of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the British colonisation of Australia that began in 1788, and the various waves of multi-ethnic migration that followed. In Australia, Indigenous communities keep their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, protecting cultural materials, sacred and significant sites, and objects.
TOURS & WALKS
The Larapinta Trail is one of the finest walks in Australia. Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges we gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. World Expeditions operates three separate adventures along the trail. The Larapinta End To End (14 day trek), The Larapinta Trek (6 day trek) and Larapinta Experience (3 day trek). Choose any one of these adventures for an unequalled outback trekking experience.
Australia has no official language. It is largely monolingual with English being the de facto national language. Australian English has a distinctive accent and vocabulary.