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.
Passing down knowledge and culture is an integral part of Aboriginal life. At Bookabee, we take pride in sharing this culture and knowledge with others. Culture is important and through sharing, we can ensure it can be appreciated, valued and enjoyed for future generations.
We take pride in sharing our knowledge and wisdom with tour guests and we strive to maximise the visitor experience for all. We deliver on Kaurna Land, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains area. Please contact us to explore what we may be able to offer you and your friends.
Haydyn is a descendant of the Adnyamathanha, Yarluyandi and Narungga peoples. He has direct family ties with the Flinders Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Simpson Desert & South- West Queensland.
Haydyn is a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in education and training. He has had a diverse career including representing Australia on several occasions at national and international gatherings.
Haydyn established his own company Bookabee Australia in 2005 with a vision to become a leader in authentic Aboriginal Cultural Tourism and Aboriginal Cultural Consultancy Services. Through Bookabee, Haydyn has delivered Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity & Respect Training to many thousands of participants across schools, universities and Government, NGO, corporate and private organisations.
Haydyn is the City of Adelaide 2021 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award Recipient. He was recognised for his dedication, commitment and contribution to the community and business in the field of Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity and Respect Training.
Lele, the Managing Director of Bookabee Australia, brings a unique combination of experience and expertise to her role. With a background in Early Childhood Teaching & Aboriginal Education she spent numerous years in the education sector before transitioning into the management position at Bookabee in 2005.
As the head of company logistics, Lele is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business operations. Whether it’s bookings, researching new training materials, or managing the accounts & finances, she ensures that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Lele’s attention to detail and organizational skills contribute to the seamless functioning of Bookabee Australia.
One of Lele’s key strengths is her exceptional communication skills. As the first point of contact for anyone reaching out to Bookabee, she promptly responds to inquiries and provides valuable assistance. Her quick and helpful responses create a positive experience for customers, making them feel valued and supported.
Overall, Lele’s wealth of skills and knowledge make her an invaluable asset to Bookabee Australia. Her expertise in logistics, coupled with her background in education, allows her to manage the company effectively and provide exceptional customer service. With Lele at the helm, Bookabee continues to thrive and provide a delightful experience for its clientele.
Iteka Ukarla Sanderson-Bromley is 21 & lives in Adelaide. Her language groups are Adnyamathanha (Flinders Ranges), Narungga (Yorke Peninsula) & Yarluyandi (Simpson Desert).
Iteka’s ‘Yura mityi’ (Aboriginal/birth order name) is Warrikanha meaning 2nd born. Iteka Ukarla makes regular trips home to ‘country’ & shares her culture through art, as well as by guiding cultural tours in Adelaide as part of her family’s business.
Iteka is a member of Aboriginal dance groups, ‘Of Desert & Sea’, Tjarutja Dance Theatre & Tal-Kin-Jeri. Iteka completed Year 12 in 2018 & has now completed a Bachelor of Arts, Major Anthropology & Minor Sociology at the University of Adelaide 2023.
She regularly delivers Bookabee Tours to a diverse range of tour guests and especially enjoys working with our international guests. She is extremely approachable and shares her knowledge of native plants and the Aboriginal Cultures Museum with enthusiasm and pride.
Tjimari Sanderson-Milera is a Kokatha, Narungga, Kaurna and Adnyamathanha man. Tjimari has worked in various positions as a mentor and support worker for Aboriginal youth.
Growing up Tjimari has always understood the value of giving back to community and the younger generation and is keen to help change people’s mindsets about Aboriginal people and community and learn more about Aboriginal culture.
Tjimari established his own business in 2020 delivering cultural education sessions and workshops to schools. He also works for the family business, Bookabee Australia, and assists with delivering cultural tours and delivering Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity & Respect Training.
Tjimari was the 2014 Young South Australian Aboriginal Achiever of the Year, the 2015 NAIDOC Male Sportsperson of the Year and in 2019, the Port Adelaide Enfield Sportsperson of the Year.
Bookabee Tours Australia (Bookabee) operates within Adelaide South Australia. These tours involve guided walks.
Any personal expense incurred by a tour guest as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour or part tour is at the sole responsibility of the individual. Any unused portion, of a tour, for what-ever reason, is not refundable.
Whilst Bookabee will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour, Bookabee accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss of enjoyment whatsoever or howsoever experienced by the tour participant. Bookabee or it’s nominee has absolute discretion to withdraw from or curtail any person/s participation in any tour or activity, who due to their current mental or physical condition or wellbeing, is rendered incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other tour participants, or they become a hazard to themselves or other participants.
Payments : Pre-payment is the preferred option for payment and required for all consumer direct sales.
A non-refundable 20% deposit is due at time of booking confirmation.
Cancellation : Cancellation must be made in writing. Such notice is not effective until received by Bookabee during normal working hours. If a tour has commenced there will be no refund of fare or unused portion of tour. The following fees apply to each individual person on cancellation when participating on a tour.
Refund policy : Days of Notice
31 Days – No charge
15-30 Days – 50% charge
8 – 14 Days – 75% charge
7 Days or less – No Refund
Amendments : Confirmed bookings may incur a $50.00 per change fee to make any amendments to the tours.