The Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges have shared the country with Kuyani, Arabunna, Kokatha, Nukunu and Barngarla language groups. Likewise, Arabunna language groups of the Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre region share country with Wangkangurru/ Yarluyandi, Adnyamathanha, Kokatha, Barngarla and Antakirinja language groups, and the Yankunytjatjara people of the central interior have shared country with Antakirinja, Pitjantjatjara, Kokatha and Eringa language groups.
The natural features of the Flinders Ranges are still of strong cultural significance to the Adnyamathanha people and the geology, topography, flora, fauna and climate all feature in traditional stories and legends. Port Augusta through to the Southern Flinders Ranges is home to the Nukunu people. You can follow their story in the interpretive centre located in the Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre.
The Flinders Ranges & Outback showcases a range of various Aboriginal experiences. Visitors are presented with the unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal heritage, cultures and their connection to the land. With a visit to Wadlata’s ‘Tunnel of Time’ you will learn what this land means to its traditional owners. You can visit significant Aboriginal and early Australian sites on expeditions or 4WD adventures. Immerse yourself in stories for a historical view on the different cultures and heritage, and how they have been passed down from elder generations. Local food, music and dance performances are often included, all adding to the experience. Please be aware that you will need entry permits for the APY Lands in the north-west of South Australia. Contact the APY Lands Permit Office on (08) 8954 8104.
Wadlata’s ‘Tunnel of Time’
Creep through the jaws of Max, the Ripper lizard, to get the whole story of the Flinders Ranges and Outback. Learn what this land means to the traditional owners and the Europeans who explored and settled here.
Phone: (08) 8641 9193