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Indigenous tourism in Australia
Indigenous tourism is offering a unique mix of modern insight and the traditional teachings that make up Aboriginal life
By Michelle Wranik 3 October, 2011 Web publication: CNN Go
Haydyn Bromley guides tourists through the Flinders Ranges.
Haydyn Bromley is the cultural director and chief tour guide at the multi award-winning Bookabee Tours, which focuses on cultural experiences in the Flinders Ranges.
The popular four-day trips explore the grandeur of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, visiting the Ithala Awi Gorge and Wilpena Pound. The tour stops for a night in Nepabunna village — the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal community where Bromley and his family grew up. It’s an experience Bromley believes commercial operators simply cannot replicate.
“I’m a traditional owner in the Flinders Ranges and I’m also on the board of directors of our local traditional land association,” Bromley says. “When I take people and show them a tree, I can tell them its traditional name and how it fits in our society.”
“I can show them where my grandfather was born and where he went through his initiation, and rock painting sites, where I tell the stories and interpret them,” he said.
“As a mainstream operator, you can’t do that.”
The four-day Flinders Ranges Outback Discovery costs AU$2025 per person twin-share (all inclusive). Prices for children on application, +61 (0)8 8285 5033, www.bookabee.com.au
Bounty of the bush in ochre
STATE OF PLAY: Christine McCabe // From: The Australian // April 10, 2010
An indigenous art and culture tour illuminates the history of South Australia’s Wilpena Pound
THE wash-up from Queensland’s storms and floods seems to have trickled south to the Flinders Ranges, for there have been summer rains in South Australia’s arid north and the red dirt is scribbled with green.
The bush is alive with new growth and tiny flowers, beguiling in their modesty.
Trailing up a rough path to Arkaroo Rock, nestled in the shadow of Wilpena Pound, our small group is constantly diverted by diminutive botanic delights: clusters of minuscule flowers bracketed in white leaves or hidden groves of the enchantingly named sleep dust fern (miyavuta or miya-vuthi)…
…Our guide Haydyn Bromley is an Adnyamathanha man (the “hills or rock people” of the Flinders) and his Adelaide-based company, Bookabee Tours, offers guided excursions in and around the South Australian capital, the Flinders Ranges and beyond.
Travelling in Australia magazine TIAM
Outback Walkabout// TIAM: Issue 123// May 2010
The spectacular Flinders Ranges lure thousands of visitors each year and all will return with tales of rugged mountains, scenic gorges and abundant wildlife. That’s only half the story. Tour the area with Haydyn Bromley and discover the secrets of the Flinders Ranges – the Dreamtime stories and Aboriginal Culture – and visit traditional significant sites to view ancient paintings and engravings.
The Adnyamathanha people (meaning Rock People) have inhabited the region for more than 45000 years.
Read more (and go to page 52).
Charms of the serpent
Home/Travel: Max Anderson // From: The Age // May 29, 2010
Bromley is well-known in Adelaide for his indigenous tours, especially for his bush-tucker tour of the city’s most Victorian of installations, the Adelaide Botanic Garden. But his heritage, as well as his heart, is in the Flinders Ranges…
…Perhaps as part of that evolution, Bromley tells stories to non-Aboriginal visitors. He takes the group on an hour’s walk up Moonarie Gap to see cave paintings in the mouth of a huge head-shaped rock. There are crosses in ochre and groups of digit-sized people daubed in pipe-clay – groups of Adnyamathanha ancestors at Ikara where two giant serpents have circled, poised to gobble them up.