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Shooting at Bawaka Homelands in East Arnhem Land

Shooting at Bawaka Homelands in East Arnhem Land

Featuring: Diane Young, Mark Hodge and our wonderful Yolngu hosts The story as it unfolded: ‘It’s all about life and a love for the land’…The music kicks in. Feet stomp on sandy ground. We tilt up to see a powerful traditional Aboriginal dance. It’s the Lirrwi mob in East Arnhem Land. Mark and Diane get painted up too. Timmy greets them warmly, ‘now you are welcome in our country’. They pull up to the stunning Lonely Island...

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Shooting at Uluru

Shooting at Uluru

Featuring: Rachel and Ben. Their guides are Sammy and Sarah and the artist is Christine. The story as it unfolded: “A young couple look out at the majestic Uluru, discussing which spot on the horizon they will see the sunrise. Their Anangu guide points out to the distance… and as if by magic, the sun explodes with warm light at that exact spot. It illuminates Rachel’s face and she smiles as if seeing the world in a new way.   Later,...

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And Action! The film shoot starts in Mt Borradaile

And Action! The film shoot starts in Mt Borradaile

Featuring: Diane Young, Mark Hodge and their guide, James Tipungwuti. The story as it unfolded: “The small plane lands on the remote airstrip. The couple pull their bags from the plane. He’s visibly excited, she’s a little anxious having not travelled remotely before. A bush Toyota arrives… and James, the Aboriginal guide, beams at them with a charming smile which instantly puts them at ease. They drive down a track in the 4WD. Diana looks out...

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Breath of the Ancestors…

Breath of the Ancestors…

Visiting the Aboriginal homelands in East Arnhemland for me, is all about gaining a new perspective on life, by connecting with people who provide a deeply rewarding cultural exchange. The scenery framing this cultural exchange is equally as inspiring and brings about a special sense of connectedness. There is such a feeling of serenity when gazing out over the endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water and tuning into the natural...

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Refreshing outback waterfalls, swimming holes and a luxury lodge

Refreshing outback waterfalls, swimming holes and a luxury lodge

I’m staying at the new Cicada Lodge, a beautiful base from which to explore Nitmiluk National Park. It’s the very end of the dry season so most of the Park’s massive waterfalls have dried up and the water levels are at their lowest. That said, the gorges and waterholes are still beautiful as we explore them with Kirt, our helicopter pilot. He takes us through the gorge to a stunning waterhole with its own plunge pool and small waterfall but...

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Lily laden floodplains teeming with wildlife and rock art heaven!

Lily laden floodplains teeming with wildlife and rock art heaven!

Mt Borradaile is 700 square kilometres of pure heaven! We arrived by light plane and were sharing the place with only two other guests. It’s a paradise filled with lily laden floodplains, water that reflects like glass, and is teeming with birds, crocodiles and Barramundi (well most of the time). The floodplains are framed by rocky outcrops with incredible vistas, which are home to some amazing rock art. I was reading a fascinating book in...

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Behind the scenes update with Warwick and Brendan

Behind the scenes update with Warwick and Brendan

It’s been great fun travelling with Warwick and Brendan who have squeezed as much as they possibly can into every hour of daylight as I suggest places and activities for them to include in our upcoming filming! So far the film ‘recce’ (abbreviated industry jargon for ‘reconnaissance’) has included: Sydney (The Rocks and Botanical Gardens) Queensland (Cooya Beach, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, Mission...

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Palya, welcome to Uluru

Palya, welcome to Uluru

No matter how many times I visit Uluru I’m always in awe of it! It really feels like I’m at the heart and centre of this vast continent, and many Aboriginal Songlines intersect here. Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith, 348 metres in height which bears the physical evidence of the feats performed during the creation period by the ancestral beings of Anangu, the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It doesn’t get any cooler...

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Outback mountain ranges, gorges, wildlife and great food

Outback mountain ranges, gorges, wildlife and great food

I lived in Alice Springs for a year and just love it here! The Western MacDonnell Ranges are filled with chasms, waterholes, gorges, white ghost gums and rocky outcrops. In addition to the plethora of stunning vistas, there is the 223km long Larapinta Trail, offering one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. Bike riding to Simpsons Gap is like travelling through the Serengeti Plains – but without the predators!...

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Behind The Scenes

KristiThis blog captures the behind the scenes action for the Filming Aboriginal Australia location scouting and shoot. As the Indigenous Experiences Project Manager for Tourism Australia, I have visited many of these amazing spots before, yet am still awed by the deep connectedness I feel when out here ‘on country’ with our wonderful Aboriginal hosts. Thanks for joining me on this journey, Kristi.

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