Two Australians said that some visitors fail to learn about Australia’s rich indigenous culture.
Indigo Rampson from Wentworth Falls, Australia, told Insider he had just one piece of advice for travelers. It was to learn more about Australia’s Indigenous cultures and histories when visiting.
Australia is home to two Indigenous populations, the Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian Aboriginal peoples. Together, they make up 50,000 years of heritage, according to Evolve Communities. And their heritage, culture, and history shape a lot of Australia today.
“The Sydney Opera House and the Eye are what’s advertised about the country, but there’s a lot of really rich and interesting Indigenous culture here,” Rampson said.
So go explore the Sydney Opera House, but also make time to learn about Australia’s Indigenous culture, she said. For example, tourists can head to Uluru, a sandstone formation in the center of Australia that is sacred to some of Australia’s Aboriginal people. According to ITV, it’s a resting place for ancient spirits of the region. Or, head to a museum that dives into the beliefs and lifestyles of some of the country’s oldest populations.
David Goebel, who works at Doongal Aboriginal Art and Artefacts in Cairns, Australia, encourages travelers to search for authentic experiences instead of touristy ones. He said one of the easiest ways to appreciate and learn about Australia’s Indigenous culture is to have conversations with Aboriginal Australians.
“How do you go out and meet Aboriginal people? It’s how you meet any Australian. Go to a pub,” Goebel said.