Friday, May 2, 2014

What makes an exceptional Aboriginal Cultural Experience "Exceptional"

An Exceptional Aboriginal Cultural Experience starts when the design and delivery are conducted by experienced and competent Aboriginal people.
A cultural experience can not be delivered by a non-Aboriginal person, not matter how experienced they may feel they are in interpreting and sharing Aboriginal knowledge.

The notion that a non-Aboriginal person can impart Aboriginal experiences and knowledge to the same degree and with the same level of respect and sensitivity is by its own definition culturally insensitive and culturally inappropriate.

When booking your next Aboriginal Cultural experience, ask yourself the following questions before you commit.

  1. Is the organisation you are booking with Aboriginal owned and operated?
  2. If not... What evidence have they provided that they are working in a genuine partnership with the Aboriginal community in which they are situated?
  3. Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the design of the product you are about to buy?
  4. Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the delivery of the product you are going to experience?
  5. Will you be able to interact with an Aboriginal person as a result of buying this product?
  6. Are Aboriginal people involved in the evaluation and review of the product you are about to buy?
  7. Has the product you are about to buy been endorsed by the correct endorsing body within the Aboriginal community where it is being delivered?
  8. Are local Aboriginal people benefiting from the existence of this organisation within their community?
If you can't answer these questions from the website you are browsing, you may have to email and seek answers directly from the organisation.

Too many non-Aboriginal organisations are cashing in on Aboriginal Culture at the expense of Aboriginal people and communities. Be a conscientious buyer and invest where Aboriginal Australians benefit.... Not non-Aboriginal businesses with little or no cultural respect and sensitivity.

If the person delivering the product you have payed for isn't Aboriginal. Chances are there is not Aboriginal involvement in the business. Shop wisely and help us rid ourselves of unscrupulous operators.

Please Consider... Too many non-Aboriginal operators are cashing in at our expense.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Water in the Flinders Ranges

One of the great things about traveling through the outback at the moment is the impact that almost 2 years of generous rainfall has had on the region. As I travel through the Flinders on my Chauffeured outback tours, I can identify easily how the region is recovering from the extended drought that has occurred over the past decade and a half.
The first notable impact is the bush (which has generally a brownish hue) is now proudly portraying a greenish tinge. The abundance of water has resulted in streams and creeks that have flowed (some are still flowing) longer and with more vigor. Waterholes have breathed a breath of new life into the scorched dry landscapes. They provide wonderful opportunities to take a break and enjoy the moment with families and the wildlife alike.
Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges
Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges
Bush flowers and plant have blossomed including some which have not been evident for many years. The wildlife seems to have breathed a sigh of relief and emu and kangaroo alike are enjoying the rewards of a lush breeding season. As i travel across the land it just appears to have a healthier look about it.
Come see for yourself join me on my next Bookabee tour -
Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges
Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kangaroos in the Flinders Ranges

The Kangaroos in the Flinders are friendly at Wilpena Pound and with all the rain we have had there are plenty of them around

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Echidna on the track

I was driving along on tour the other day and came across this Echidna trying to cross the track.
We jumped out and took a few photos, but when i started to bury itself in front of the vehicle, i had to rescue it and move it to a safe place so we could continue on our way...

Karen was treated to a real privileged experience, it's not every day you come across and Echidna around these traps...

Check out our new-look website... cheers
Haydyn Bromley

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bookabee checks the floods in the Flinders Ranges

A recent deluge in the Flinders Ranges @ Wilpena Pound saw a river of water flood past and into my bedroom... The down pour happened so quick I didn't get a chance to cover the door before it came flooding in.
The patch outside this window was bone dry a few minutes earlier...
This was a local creek that was a raging torrent less than 1/2hr after the downpour.
Haydyn :-)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flinders Ranges

Sacred Canyon
Brachina Gorge
Brachina Gorge
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bookabee takes Trifecta and Wins SA Tourism Awards for third year running

Hey All
We Won the South Australian Tourism Awards, Third Year Running and now we are in the SA Tourism Hall of Fame...
more later, got to go...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Andu - The Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

One of the most captivating characters of the Flinders Ranges is the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby or as us local Adnyamathanha know it by... the Andu.
This mum had a young joey in her pouch. Watching them for about 1/2 hr, you got a sense that life was pretty good for the joey. Not only was the joey safe in mum's pouch, but from time to time, the koey even got to have a nibble on the grasses as mum bent down for a feed.
What a life!!!

When you get the urge to see for yourself... drop me a line...
Enjoy, have a great day.
Haydyn Bromley
Bookabee Australia

Bookabee Travels Australia: Now this is a pin cushion... Echidna at large!!!

Bookabee Travels Australia: Now this is a pin cushion... Echidna at large!!!

Bookabee Tours Australia

Escape to the spectacular Flinders Ranges for a relaxing weekend or short holiday with a unique Aboriginal cultural experience. Join Haydyn on a trip into his traditional homeland area of the Flinders Ranges and share a cultural experience 40,000 years in the making. Listen to Adnyamathanha Creation stories at traditional significant sites and see ancient paintings and engravings. Learn about the history of the area in the beautiful Ranges landscape with rugged mountains, scenic gorges, ruins of early settlement and abundant wildlife.

Your chauffeured 4WD tour is an all inclusive package with everything catered for - deluxe accommodation, meals, entry fees, tours to significant sites and the sharing of extensive knowledge, interpretations of the land and Aboriginal cultural stories from your Aboriginal tour guide.