IGA WARTA, NORTHERN FLINDERS RANGES, SA
Drive a couple of hours north of Wilpena Pound and you’ll find a place where you can gain an understanding of this region’s traditional people, the Adnyamathanha. Set among the mountains of South Australia’s Northern Flinders Ranges, Adnyamathanha guides from Iga Warta (igawarta.com) camp run tours to rock art sites, give lessons in local flora and regale old stories around the campfire come evening. “Iga Warta means the place of the native orange. You’ll have a unique opportunity to experience Adnyamathanha culture firsthand whilst staying at an Aboriginal community,” says Terrence Coulthard, whose family, traditional owners here, run the camp. He’s working on a language project that is preserving Yura Ngawarla, his people’s language. “The passing on of our culture and knowledge is at the heart of what we do in the community at Iga Warta. We must keep our culture and language strong; without them we have nothing.” So, head here and appreciate what’s depicted in the 35,000-year-old rock art, or go to Nguthunanga Mai Ambatanha, a women’s site, where you’ll learn about traditional issues and perspectives. You’ll understand the people and their place in the land better, but also help to preserve it for generations to come.