TOUR INTRODUCTION (150 words max)
Get a unique and authentic understanding of the Aboriginal culture with an in-depth tour led by a member of the traditional Wardandi tribe. Take a guided bushwalk and forage for native bush foods, journey into Ngilgi Cave for dreamtime stories and listen to the unique sounds of the didgeridoo.
FULL DESCRIPTION (500 words max)
Then, get ready for three hours of engaging storytelling and demonstrations as Josh leads you on a bushwalk through the brush to Ngilgi Cave. Along the way, he’ll identify flora and fauna used in medicines and meals and instruct you how to forage for native bush food.
For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and Ngilgi Cave is no exception. According to ancient legend, the cave is named after a good spirit named Ngilgi who triumphed over an evil spirit named Wolgine. The reward for his victory lies inside the cave.
A stunning wonderland of stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations, and helicitite crystals, the cave is a perfect setting to hear more Aboriginal legends, such as the Dreamtime stories, which describe the travels of their spiritual ancestors. Accompanying the stories is the melodic sounds of the didgeridoo, an instrument common to the Aborigines, and whose history is also based in Dreamtime legend.
Also important to Aboriginal people is karla, or fire, which represents life. After the performance, you’ll exit the cave and walk to the Meeting Place and witness traditional fire making. Watch how a crude stone tool gouges a recess in a piece of wood and a fire stick ignites a flame.
Did you know that Aboriginal people were the first to introduce ground edges on cutting tools? After the fire making watch a demonstration of how knives are made, a tradition that dates back thousands of years.
After another peaceful and meditative bushwalk, you’ll board your coach and enjoy a relaxing ride back to port as you contemplate your rich and enlightening day.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION USED IN TOUR BOOK (250 words max)
Put on your walking shoes and get ready for a half-day adventure with Josh Whiteland, a member of the Wardandi tribe, one of the region’s original 14 Aboriginal tribes. After arriving, you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony followed by a bushwalk to Ngilgi Cave. For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and Ngilgi Cave is no exception. According to legend, the cave is named after a good spirit named Ngilgi who triumphed over an evil spirit named Wolgine. Sitting among stunning wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, you’ll hear Aboriginal legends, such as the Dreamtime stories accompanied by the melodic sounds of the didgeridoo. After the performance, you’ll walk to the Meeting Place and witness traditional fire making and tool making. Then, you’ll walk back to your coach for the relaxing drive back to your ship.