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Ayers Rock Resort highlights local culture for NAIDOC Week

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is encouraging Aussies to Pakala (Get Up!) Pakara ngarakati (Stand Up!) and Utiriwa (Show Up!) in line with this year’s inspiring NAIDOC Week theme with a series of events at the company’s Ayers Rock Resort at Uluru.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is encouraging Aussies to Pakala (Get Up!) Pakara ngarakati (Stand Up!) and Utiriwa (Show Up!) in line with this year’s inspiring NAIDOC Week theme with a series of events at the company’s Ayers Rock Resort at Uluru.

The special NAIDOC Week events and activities aim to encourage learning and create deeper connections for guests with the Indigenous history and culture found in the spiritual heart of Australia.

Ayers Rock Resort guests can enjoy daily activities such as Art Talks at the Gallery of Central Australia (GOCA), which showcases more than 300 artworks exclusively from the Central Australia and Western Desert region, and specially curated Indigenous films at the Resort’s theatre.

Free guest activities include Bush Yarns or a Guided Garden Walk, which highlights the native ingredients used in the Resort’s restaurants or at the signature dune-top dining experience, Tali Wiru.

The week will culminate on Friday 8 July with a Welcome To Country followed by an Inma – a traditional dance ceremony performed by the Traditional Owners of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

A bush medicine workshop and Pitjantjatjara language lessons will be on offer alongside cooking demonstrations by award-winning chef Andrew Fielke, showcasing a wide range of native ingredients, and Indigenous arts and crafts markets.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO Matthew Cameron-Smith said: “We are really delighted by the number of Australians wanting to travel to Uluṟu and learn more about the beauty, diversity and wisdom of Indigenous culture.”

“While many Indigenous and cultural activities run all year round at the Resort, we wanted to place a special emphasis during NAIDOC week and supplement them with a range of really special activities that can be enjoyed by our guests.”

For more info, head to ayersrockresort.com.au