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Welcome to Country site an online hub for First Nations tourism

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CULTURAL IMMERSION: The Welcome to Country online tourism hub offers the chance to experience stunning locations such as the outer Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of First Nations Australians through companies like Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel. Photo: Tourism Australia.

CULTURAL IMMERSION: The Welcome to Country online tourism hub offers the chance to experience stunning locations such as the outer Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of First Nations Australians through companies like Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel. Photo: Tourism Australia.

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A new website helps tourists to experience Australia through Indigenous eyes.

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A NEW website offers a comprehensive guide to Australia's most beautiful First Nations tourism experiences.

Welcome to Country launched last week with a view to empowering and encouraging Australians to experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderTourism.

Chief executive Jason Eades said the initiative had been met with support from Fist Nations tour operators, artists and the business community.

"We already have 87 exceptional immersive experiences, including Indigenous art, cultural performances and talks, food gathering, dining and wine tasting activities," he said.

He said the website also offered epic walks, quad bikes, scuba diving, campfire stories and over 1,000 authentic products which had been hand crafted by First Nations people.

Here is a list of a few of the most exciting tourist experiences featured on the website:

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel is a Great Barrier Reef day tour cruise to two outer reef sites which offers the chance to experience First Nations culture and some of the world's most stunning marine life.

On the tour, Indigenous Sea Rangers share Gunggandji sea country stories, including the reef creation story, as well as song, dance and music.

Lirrwi Tourism

Lirrwi Tourism in North East Arnhem Land operates both day and multi-day tours which allow visitors to spend time with the Yolu people in their traditional homelands.

The immersive tours offer an opportunity to participate in daily community activities and feel like part of the Yolu community while boosting local tourism.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

ALL ENCOMPASSING: Visitors to Narana get to experience stunning landscapes, friendly wildlife and First Nations culture. Photo: Tourism Australia.

ALL ENCOMPASSING: Visitors to Narana get to experience stunning landscapes, friendly wildlife and First Nations culture. Photo: Tourism Australia.

Narana aims to promote reconciliation by helping Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people develop better understandings of one another's culture.

Visitors get to experience Narana's beautiful native gardens and walkways, while gaining a first hand insight into local culture and art.

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness

Established in 2011, Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness is an Aboriginal owned and operated cultural service which offers tourism experiences in the Narooma/Tilba region of the NSW South Coast.

The service's luxury Yuin Retreat offers two nights and one day of cultural immersion where guests can discover songs, stories, history and fresh local food.

Ngurrangga Tours

Ngurrangga Tours allows tourists to experience the Pilbara through the eyes of its traditional owners, from its landscapes to its cultural stories.

Clinton Walker started the company to educate and immerse people in the area's culture and history.

He is passionate about raising the profile of the Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park, which is one of Australia's most significant heritage sites and an important cultural place for Aboriginal people.

To check out all the experiences on offer through the website, click here.

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