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It could be argued that one of the unexpected benefits of the covid pandemic was that Australian travellers started looking closer to home when planning our adventures.  And along with that came a renewed interest in Aboriginal culture, including visiting “country” where those ancient traditions are rooted.

If that piques your interest, there’s a fascinating free online magazine that will take you to places that you may never even have heard of where cultural riches await.

The latest edition of Connect to Country digital magazine, dedicated to telling the stories of Discover Aboriginal Experiences members, is out now. It’s a highly professional online publication with a ton of stunning images, worth a look, just for them.

The new issue (no.7) showcases DAE’s website, which can help you plan your perfect Indigenous adventure.

It features a new luxury Tiwi Islands Escape and highlight some of the incredible Aboriginal-led experiences available in Broome.

In South Australia, visitors can explore the sprawling and culturally significant wetlands surrounding the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre whilst, in the heart of Melbourne, the newly renovated Koorie Heritage Trust provides a central hub of Aboriginal art and knowledge.

There’s a feature about movie locations where you can learn some older, epic tales from the traditional owners of the land and then take the plunge into some special swimming spots. 

How many seasons are there in a year? The answer varies between Aboriginal clans across different regions of Australia.

Connect to Country talks to talk to Australia’s Bush Tucker Queen, Dale Tilbrook about how Aboriginal people take their cues from nature, rather than a calendar, when it comes to recognising and naming a season.

Lovers of art and the outdoors are spoilt for choice on the traditional Kuku-Yalanji lands in Northern Queensland, where a chance discovery has unveiled vast rock art galleries with thousands of years of history and culture on show. 

For those who’d like a more transformative journey, the magazine takes a peek into experiences such as Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness’s Yuin Retreat, that blend the cultural and spiritual with the therapeutic. 

You can view the magazine, entirely free of charge and with no sign-ups, here.

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