Indigenous luxury is South Australia’s ‘hidden jewel’

By meeting a demand among overseas visitors for a genuine Australian cultural encounter – without foregoing five-star comforts – Bookabee Tours Australia has snatched the South Australian Hidden Jewel Award.

Bookabee’s Haydyn Bromley is leaping enthusiastically into a growing tourism niche – indigenous luxury.

It was this enthusiasm, plus the skilful creation of holidays that fill a growing niche, that led to Bookabee being declared the South Australian PublicityShip Hidden Jewel for 2007.

By adding luxurious accommodation to the chauffeur-driven, top-of-the-range 4WDs used to transport guests, Bookabee is now able to tailor a complete package that combines genuine indigenous encounters with five-star comfort.

Until recently, authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences were few and far between, usually accessible only to adventure travellers willing to put in the hard yards to uncover the real Australia.

But indigenous people are now coming forward in greater numbers to offer a taste of their culture in a more accessible format.

Haydyn, from the Adnyamathanha people in the Flinders Ranges, thrives on personal interaction and conversation with each of his guests. A great ambassador for his heritage, he commands enough respect among the local indigenous population to allow his guests a very special encounter with places and people that are otherwise inaccessible.

“Instead of just learning ‘facts’ about the area from a neutral perspective, Haydyn showed the stories of the region passed to him by his grandfather and introduced me to family members living in the area,” explained one of many satisfied guests.

It’s this authentic interaction and education that many overseas – and increasingly Australian – visitors are looking for, but not all are willing to ride in the back of an old oka and swag it under the stars in order to find it.

Bookabee has responded by creating a menu of personalised tours and holidays, with hand-picked accommodation. Guests encounter the native wildlife, bush food and cave paintings, listen to Aboriginal stories and experience the stunning hills and gorges of Haydyn’s home – the Flinders Ranges.

Most tours are run for small groups, but couples wanting a fully personalised itinerary and attention can design their own all-inclusive holiday (exc airfares).

High-end accommodation providers now partnering with Bookabee Tours Australia include Rawnsley Park, which offers luxury eco-villas, Prairie Hotel with its top-class executive suites, and Wilpena Pound Resort’s Heyson Deluxe Unit.

Further information and contacts
For more on Bookabee Tours Australia, contact:
Haydyn Bromley
(08) 8235 9954
0408 209 593
haydyn@bookabee.com.au

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