Filming Aboriginal Australia

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Shooting at Kooljaman and Lombadina at Cape Leveque

Shooting at Kooljaman and Lombadina at Cape Leveque

Featuring: Diane, Mark and our awesome Aboriginal guides – Bundy, Brian and Robert  The story as it unfolded “Dawn. The sun rises over a beautiful bay. Mark enjoys the view from the balcony of the safari tent. He turns to Diane who is still in bed, her eyes open gently. ‘So… what do you want to do today?’ A 4WD cruises along the pristine beach. The camera rises up to reveal they are the only people for miles. They look out the car window...

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Getting bogged…

Getting bogged…

No four wheel drive expedition would be complete without managing to get bogged… and we managed it more than once! Fortunately it didn’t take us long to get unstuck, especially in Cape Leveque where a helpful group of Tasmanian’s thankfully gave us a push.

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Ripping birds heads off!

Ripping birds heads off!

Brian from Kooljaman told me that today, amongst other things, we were going to rip a birds head off. He was laughing as he said it, so I presumed he wasn’t been literal. Fortunately what he was referring to was a story about how a greedy bird came to be the flower of a bush. The Dreamtime story went: “A little bird used to wake up early in the morning and drink all the nectar of the flowers. By the time his family got up there wasn’t any...

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A dreamscape of clear turquoise waters and endless white beaches…

A dreamscape of clear turquoise waters and endless white beaches…

We took a 20 minute drive from Lombadina up to Kooljaman, a beautiful wilderness camp on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, jointly owned by the Djarindjin and One Arm Point Aboriginal communities. We stayed in a very comfortable safari tent with its own bathroom, kitchen and balcony overlooking the glistening turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the white sandy beach and red cliffs. It’s like a dreamscape and all I can hear are the waves...

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Eyeballing whales, fishing and cooking our catch

Eyeballing whales, fishing and cooking our catch

Yesterday we went out fishing with Rob on Lombadina’s new boat and were blown away when a pod of Humpback Whales came right up to our boat and then swam under it. Warwick got a picture of one of the Whales eyes – they were that close! We watched them breach and tail slap as they disappeared into the distance – AMAZING!!! Afterwards Warwick and Brendan caught some lovely fish for dinner which we cooked up that night – it doesn’t get fresher than...

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Bardi style mud masks and giant crabs

Bardi style mud masks and giant crabs

I’m staying at the wonderfully friendly community of Lombadina, an untouched coastal paradise just north of Broome in Western Australia. It’s the perfect place to lose track of the time. I love being here and immersing myself in the easy going way of life of the ‘Salt Water People’. During the afternoon we took a stroll down to the beach, which looks like it should be the setting for the next Corona ad, with its stark white sandy beach that...

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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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