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What makes an exceptional Aboriginal experience ‘Exceptional’

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Bookabee Tours Australia - Haydyn Bromley sitting with couple sharing creation stories

Bookabee Tours Australia – Haydyn Bromley sitting with couple sharing creation stories

An Exceptional Aboriginal Cultural Experience starts when the design and delivery are conducted by experienced and competent Aboriginal people.

A cultural experience can not be delivered by a non-Aboriginal person, not matter how experienced they may feel they are in interpreting and sharing Aboriginal knowledge.

The notion that a non-Aboriginal person can impart Aboriginal experiences and knowledge to the same degree and with the same level of respect and sensitivity is by its own definition culturally insensitive and culturally inappropriate.

When booking your next Aboriginal Cultural experience, ask yourself the following questions before you commit.

  1. Is the organisation you are booking with Aboriginal owned and operated?
  2. If not… What evidence have they provided that they are working in a genuine partnership with the Aboriginal community in which they are situated?
  3. Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the design of the product you are about to buy?
  4. Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the delivery of the product you are going to experience?
  5. Will you be able to interact with an Aboriginal person as a result of buying this product?
  6. Are Aboriginal people involved in the evaluation and review of the product you are about to buy?
  7. Has the product you are about to buy been endorsed by the correct endorsing body within the Aboriginal community where it is being delivered?
  8. Are local Aboriginal people benefiting from the existence of this organisation within their community?

If you can’t answer these questions from the website you are browsing, you may have to email and seek answers directly from the organisation.

Too many non-Aboriginal organisations are cashing in on Aboriginal Culture at the expense of Aboriginal people and communities. Be a conscientious buyer and invest where Aboriginal Australians benefit…. Not non-Aboriginal businesses with little or no cultural respect and sensitivity.

If the person delivering the product you have payed for isn’t Aboriginal. Chances are there is not Aboriginal involvement in the business. Shop wisely and help us rid ourselves of unscrupulous operators.

Please Consider… Too many non-Aboriginal operators are cashing in at our expense.

Bookabee Tours Australia shares the good times in the Flinders Ranges

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

One of the great things about traveling through the outback at the moment is the impact that almost 2 years of generous rainfall has had on the region. As I travel through the Flinders on my Chauffeured outback tours, I can identify easily how the region is recovering from the extended drought that has occurred over the past decade and a half.

The first notable impact is the bush (which has generally a brownish hue) is now proudly portraying a greenish tinge. The abundance of water has resulted in streams and creeks that have flowed (some are still flowing) longer and with more vigor. Waterholes have breathed a breath of new life into the scorched dry landscapes. They provide wonderful opportunities to take a break and enjoy the moment with families and the wildlife alike.

Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges

Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges

Bush flowers and plant have blossomed including some which have not been evident for many years. The wildlife seems to have breathed a sigh of relief and emu and kangaroo alike are enjoying the rewards of a lush breeding season. As i travel across the land it just appears to have a healthier look about it.

Come see for yourself join me on my next Bookabee tour –

Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges

Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges

10 things to consider when traveling in the Australian Outback

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Australian Outback Travel can be very rewarding, especially when you do your homework. below are 10 things to consider when planning an Outback Holiday:
1/ Be organized and do your homework. Know the areas you will be visiting so there are no nasty surprises;
2/ Be prepared for the unexpected, understand road conditions and road closures, contact the local road transport authorities to check if there have been any problems with roads before going there. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary effort. NB. being caught on a closed road is a fine of $1500.00 AUD per wheel on the ground i.e. $6000.00 per car Ouch!!!;
3/ Carry at least 10 litres of drinking water per person in case of emergency or breakdown. Drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated. By the time you realize you are thirsty, you are already on the way to being dehydrated;
4/ if you plan on doing a bit of bush walking, choose comfortable, light, enclosed shoes to protect your feet. If you can afford it, waterproof shoes are a definite advantage in wetter climates;
5/ When traveling in small groups using only 1 vehicle, prepare your vehicle for breakdowns. Carry spare fan belts and radiator hoses and at least 2 spare wheels if traveling in remote or isolated regions;
6/ Avoid where possible, dawn, dusk and night time travel, there are more than a few good reasons and playing it safe might just be good insurance for a fun and memorable trip. no-one likes pulling roadkill out from under their vehicles;
7/ Wear a broad brimmed hat. You perspire a large percentage of your body fluids from your head. covering it helps to keep you from dehydrating, and also stops you getting sunburned ears and neck;
8/ If traveling in remote areas, call ahead and let people at your next accommodation spot that you are coming. Tell them when you plan to arrive and which route you will be taking. Make sure to check in with them when you arrive so they don’t send out a search party. Stick to your route. if it changes, let the accommodation place know;
9/ If possible, carry extra fuel with you. if your fuel tank is breached by a rock, plug it with something, (in an emergency i have heard that soap will do) and then you can top up with your fuel reserve;
10/ Go to a cheap shop and buy a couple of tarps. They won’t cost you too much and you can use them for a stack of things including temporary shade in case you break down in the middle of treeless country. they can also prove a great windbreak if you need it.

Bookabee Tours Australia - Kangaroos drinking water on the road

Bookabee Tours Australia - Kangaroos drinking water on the road