INDIGENOUS tours of Tower Hill run by Worn Gundidj have claimed top spot among UK tourists for essential Aboriginal experiences in Australia.
Voted into the top spot by UK publication Australia and New Zealand Travel Magazine, the tours beat other experiences such as a boat trip along the Katherine River in the Northern Territory and adventure tours in the Kimberley region.
The magazine is the only travel publication dedicated to Australia available in the UK, with a monthly readership of more than 40,000.
To celebrate the 100th issue, the publishers released a supplement of 100 best things to see and do in Australia, with the Tower Hill tours rated in first place in the top 10 aboriginal experiences.
Worn Gundidj tourism marketing and sales representative Laura Kean-Morris said Worn Gundidj provides a guided tour through the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, interpreting the socio-cultural, environmental and geological landscapes of Victoria’s first national park.
“It’s a guided bushwalking tour around the reserve,” Miss Kean-Morris said.
“It generally lasts about 90 minutes and we do bush tucker tasting, boomerang throwing and include a general history of the region, including Aboriginal people in the region and the European settlement as well.”
Miss Kean-Morris said the UK was one of the biggest international markets drawn to Tower Hill. Worn Gundidj is part of Tourism Australia’s Indigenous Tourism Champions Program.
“There is about 40 aboriginal tourism products that they actively endorse and promote internationally and we are one of them,” Miss Kean-Morriss said. She said more than 200,000 people visit Tower Hill each year.
“Our tours are based around the revegetation of the park. In 1938 the park was completely bare after European settlement.
“Since then there has been a massive revegetation effort that is still ongoing at the moment to reintroduce plants and animals back into the reserve.”
The tours run every day at 11am and 1pm.