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Spear fishing in Arnhem Land – how to make an Aboriginal fishing spear

Spear fishing in Arnhem Land – how to make an Aboriginal fishing spear

Posted on 22 April, 2020 in Arnhem Land, Culture, Fishing

Aboriginal people have been making fishing spears for millennia. Today, throughout Arnhem Land they are still a very important hunting tool and are commonly used, especially along the coastal regions. The technology hasn’t changed a lot, they are still basically a long straightened stick with a pointed end. These days iron spear tips are used instead of sharpened stone, bone or wood. Although a relatively simple design, making a spear and using one effectively takes a lot of skill and perfection...

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Winner of the 2019 Australian Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism; Venture North Australia

Winner of the 2019 Australian Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism; Venture North Australia

Posted on 10 March, 2020 in Culture

On Friday the 6th of March 2020 the ​Australian Tourism Awards were held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Each year this gala event sees tourism businesses from all states and territories converge to recognise excellence in Australian tourism. It really is the night of nights for the tourism industry with all the best tour operators and industry leaders in the one room, networking and celebrating their achievements. This year ​Venture North was honoured to represent the NT in the category of Cultural Tourism...

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Arnhem Land Tours from Darwin and Jabiru

Arnhem Land Tours from Darwin and Jabiru

Posted on 24 September, 2019 in Arnhem Land, Tours, Rock Art, Culture

A tour to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory’s Top End promises all the things synonymous with a great Australian holiday: nature at its most wild, adventures at their most authentic, and cultural experiences at their richest. And with one of Arnhem Land’s larger communities, Gunbalanya, only a four hours’ drive from Darwin, it’s entirely possible to do it all in a day if you’re really short on time. Read on for a common one-day Arnhem Land tour itinerary or if time's not an issue skip to the bottom to learn more about our multi-day tours of Arnhem Land...

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Injalak Art Centre & Injalak Hill rock art tours

Injalak Art Centre & Injalak Hill rock art tours

Posted on 07 August, 2019 in Arnhem Land, Culture, Rock Art, Tours

On arrival at Injalak Art Centre, you’re presented with a festival of colours; there are weavings, paintings and screen prints in pinks, purples, oranges, blues and greens, as well as the ochres, yellows, and reds that typify the traditional Aboriginal art aesthetic. The textures delight the senses, from the huskiness of pandanus weavings, to the luxurious roughness of printed silk, and the bark canvases made smooth with months of preparation for painting. But what makes Injalak so different to any art centre you’ve ever visited is the opportunity to interact with artists as they recreate the stories of their ancestors through their art...

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