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This article is a travel topic
Many travellers to Australia are interested in the indigenous people of Australia, often collectively referred to as Australian Aborigines or simply Aborigines. This page is a guide to travelling to sites of historic, cultural, natural and religious interest that relate to indigenous Australia.
Indigenous Australia is a group of living, continuing cultures: do not treat them purely as a museum piece arranged for the benefit of curious travellers. Communities, townships and protest sites are not there solely for your benefit and do not treat them as such. When visiting sacred sites or fragile ecosystems of cultural significance many communities would prefer that visitors arrange their trips through formal community programmes.
Indigenous Australians as a group are disadvantaged relative to other Australians in a number of ways including health, education and employment and in some communities quite severely so. The best way for a traveller to contribute to the wellbeing and dignity of the people is to support indigenous-run tourism and cultural ventures and to treat individual indigenous people with respect.
Avoid buying articles of cultural, historical or archeological significance that were not produced especially for the wider market. Historic items of importance to the indigenous culture are increasingly being sold without their approval.
The images and names of deceased people are sensitive to indigenous Australians and are often not displayed or spoken.