Indigenous Tourism in NSW

“Aboriginal culture starts with its people. Aboriginal guides open a door into a world that many people don’t know still exists. A world where past, present and future meet. There’s nothing more exciting for a traveler than a totally new experience. That’s what memories are made of.”
– Dr Aden Ridgeway, Gumbaynggirr man and former chair of Indigenous Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia Aboriginal Experiences (Link)

Background
Geomancia is a not-for-profit organisation based at Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. We work with rural, regional and remote communities to advance their goals for sustainable development. We believe that tourism could be one way to increase Indigenous employment and economic activity in regional NSW. To this end, we have been funded under the Commonwealth Building Better Regions Fund to develop “A strategy to grow Indigenous heritage tourism in Central NSW.” As part of this work, we have identified some practical resources and contacts that could help Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people thinking about getting into Indigenous Tourism in NSW:

Destination NSW (Link)
Destination NSW provides assistance to Aboriginal tourism operators in the development of their businesses, from concept to market, under their Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan (Link). Aboriginal Tourism Workshops are held twice a year to update existing and emerging operators and to support the development of Aboriginal tourism businesses across the State.
CONTACT:
Sector Specialist – Aboriginal Tourism Destination NSW
E: info@dnsw.com.au
P: 02 9931 1111

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (Link)
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is committed to increasing the Aboriginal tourism profile within National Parks. Their Cultural Tourism Development Program (Link) provides potential cultural tourism operators with an understanding of the tourism industry and all the elements involved with owning and operating a tourism business. It includes practical activities to demonstrate how a cultural tourism business can be developed from concept through to operation.
CONTACT:
Aboriginal Business Development Officer
E: tourism.partnerships@environment.nsw.gov.au
P: 02 9995 5821

NSW Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council
CONTACT:
M: 0408 272 121
E: contact@natoc.org

Indigenous Tourism Resources – NSW
Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017-2020
New South Wales Aboriginal Tourism Toolkit, 2017
Cultural Tourism Development Program, 2014
Cultural Tourism Toolkit, 2016
Tourism Australia – Indigenous Tourism Champions