Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    New Aboriginal tours for Wadjemup

    27/04/2019 9:45 AM
    • Aboriginal tours and experiences now available on Rottnest Island
    • Go Cultural offering 90-minute walking tour
    • 78 per cent of tourists visiting WA are looking for an Aboriginal cultural experience 

    Visitors to Rottnest now have the opportunity to experience traditional Aboriginal culture as part of new cultural tours on the island.


    Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences now offer visitors a walking tour to learn about Rottnest's intriguing past and spiritual significance to Noongar people.


    The 90-minute walking tour includes a Welcome to Country, traditional sand ceremony, and song and storytelling with your Aboriginal guide.


    Aboriginal tourism opportunities are part of a broader plan by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to encourage authentic cultural experiences and collaborations with Aboriginal businesses across Western Australia.


    The addition of tours at popular holiday destinations is a response to demands from domestic and international visitors for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences.


    For more information on the tours, visit http://www.gocultural.com.au


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The Aboriginal cultural connections and history of Rottnest Island should be recognised and it is important we create opportunities for it to be shared.


    "We expect people from all over the world who visit Rottnest will want to experience Aboriginal culture from the local guides.


    "Aboriginal tourism plays an important part of Tourism WA's Two-Year Action Plan. The State Government will continue to work with the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council and local Aboriginal operators to grow the sector in the lead up to next year's World Indigenous Tourism Summit."


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Rottnest Island, known as Wadjemup in the Noongar language, is a significant place for the Noongar people with its history dating back thousands of years.


    "With the majority of Aboriginal tourism businesses located outside the Perth metropolitan area, this Rottnest Island initiative presents a great opportunity to expand offerings in the city including our recent initiatives in Kings Park."


    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

    Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800