Bookabee Australia is a family owned and operated business. We specialize in providing authentic Aboriginal experiences in Adelaide South Australia and through the outback. Central to our philosophy is the sharing of our Muda, (stories of creation) passed down from our elders and caring for country. Important elders such as Haydyn’s Grandfathers, Uncles and other community members have contributed to the depth of knowledge and experiences shared on tour.
Visiting 30,000 year old cave painting sites and rock engravings dated back over 40,000 years, gives visitors an insight into pre-European life. Symbols depicting native animals, birds and elements of Adnyamathanha traditional ceremony provide unique glimpses of our traditions and culture. Combine this with Yura Muda and you have an award winning mix of experiences that take tour guests into Adnyamathanha life and culture in the Flinders Ranges.
Our environmental policy ensures that the land and Aboriginal sites visited are looked after and respected with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
Bookabee Australia Pty Ltd
Bookabee Tours Australia commenced in 2005. In 2007, Bookabee Australia Pty Ltd was established and now has 3 distinct business arms within the company:
Currently, Bookabee has 2 Directors / full time staff and a small number of casual guides.
Haydyn Bromley (Cultural Director and Chief Tour Guide)
Haydyn is a trained teacher with over 20 years education experience. In the past Haydyn has worked in a variety of schools and locations including Leigh Creek Area School in the late 1980′s which is situated in the Northern Flinders Ranges.
Haydyn enjoys sharing his extensive cultural knowledge and experiences and stories of the outback. Haydyn is open and engaging, and always happy to share a yarn or two.
Lele Sanderson (Business Director)
Lele manages the administration, marketing and liaising with local, national and international industry and private trade enquiries. A former pre-school teacher, Lele’s skills shine through from her pre-school organisational and artistic side. She enjoys applying her skills to ensuring that the look and feel of the company is in keeping with our professional and quality image.
Lele has an interest in linguistics and Aboriginal language and, with Haydyn and Jason, is a participant in the Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Ngawarla language program that is teaching and recording Adnyamathanha language.
A recent project completed was our Bookabee postcards featuring photographs from the Flinders Ranges and Adnyamathanha language ‘welcome to country’ and descriptions with English translations
Jason Bromley (Consultant / Senior Tour Guide)
Jason is a qualified teacher who has also taught at Leigh Creek Area School in the 1990′s. Jason is a mad keen Basketballer and in his earlier years (like Haydyn) played Australian Rules Football. Jason is the ever reliable stand in when Haydyn is away on extended tours and provides tour support, regularly conducting local tours. When not tour guiding, Jason runs a successful consultancy business servicing government and non-government organizations in a similar way to Bookabee Services. Jason and Haydyn regularly join forces to deliver large consultancy jobs for clients.
Nepabunna Aboriginal Village
Nepabunna is an Aboriginal community situated approximately 60km east of Copley along the Copley to Balcanoona Road. At Nepabunna community you experience a genuine spontaneous Adnyamathanha Aboriginal cultural experience right in the middle of the Nepabunna township. Located in the now closed Nepabunna Aboriginal School, the school camp offers modest share style accommodation in the old classrooms. A newly renovated school hall offers a dining area with decking providing views of the surrounding mountainside.
Bookabee’s 4 and 5 day tour to the northern Flinders Ranges takes guests to Nepabunna Aboriginal Village for activities / experiences with community elders such as learning about bush food with Uncle Kelvin and Aunty Judy or evenings around the campfire with Uncle Ronny or Uncle Noel.
The 4 and 5 day tours also have the option of accommodation in Nepabunna Aboriginal Village. Guests can meet community members including the elders and children during their stay.