In Australia, it is above all the culture of the "native people", the Aborigines, which arouses most interest in travellers. After having been persecuted for a long time, the Aborigine people, although not returning to their rightful place, are gradually managing to assert their identity in Australian society. As well as traditional items, such as the boomerang and didjeridoo (a wind instrument made out of a eucalyptus branch), Aborigine artists also produce traditional works (paintings on bark and sculptures representing "dreams") as well as plays, ballets or contemporary music.
The "Bush Tucker" or Man of the Tribe is responsible for harvesting and hunting.© Corbis / age fotostock
The Aborigines left behind a large number of cave paintings, especially in Carnavan National Park.© Marina Bolow / 123RF
Tjapukai is about 15 mintues away from the city of Cairns.© Ilia Torlin / 123RF
The Aborigines used paint made of dirt to create images.© Colin Coomber / 123RF
Kakadu National Park appears on the UNESCO World Heritage list for both its cultural and natural value.© Nico Smit / 123RF