Experience Watarrka National Park through the eyes of its traditional owners, with indigenous tour operator, Karrke. Over the course of an hour, you’ll walk with married couple Christine Breaden, and Peter Abbott, as well as Peter’s sister Natasha Abbott, as they show you around their ancestors’ land. Watch as Christine performs a traditional welcome ceremony, then be taken on a walk through country, where various things of note are pointed out: the weeping emu bush, which is an important tree species used for bush medicine, ceremony, food and more; hard stones gathered from a creek, used for seed grinding; ochre rock used to paint bodies… You’ll also be given a tutorial in bush food, grinding seeds and the ingenious ways in which weapons were created and used. Their language, Pertame, is a southern Arrente language, which follows the Finke river system – the oldest living river system in the world. Despite being a dying language, Christine and Peter are determined to keep it alive; taking part in this experience helps ensure its continued legacy.
5. Watch nature’s daily show
Our here, the sunsets really are quite spectacular – and the resort’s sunset viewing platform, nestled into the gentle slope of a hill, provides the perfect theatrette for nature’s dramatic end-of-day display. Grab a beer from the pop-up bar and watch as the changing light unveils an Earthly artwork: from neon pinks and hot peach to the gently bruised blues and purples of blue hour, the sky’s ever-changing display is an arresting sight. As of 2019, the resort also unveils a new outdoor cinema here, which will pop up once the sun goes down so you can watch family-friendly flicks under the stars. Yes please!
6. Glamp out in a palatial canvas suite