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Tourism

Tourism is a growing industry on Aboriginal land and many Aboriginal communities and organisations are developing tours and activities to help you enjoy and appreciate the landscape and environment.

There are also a number of non-Aboriginal tourism operators providing services on Aboriginal land, who operate by agreement with traditional owners.

Cultural and scenic tourism in jointly-managed areas like Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park are outstanding successes of the Land Rights Act. These parks are on areas of Aboriginal land, leased back by the traditional landowners for all the world's people to enjoy. They attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is the Land Rights Act which has allowed these natural and cultural features to be protected and managed.

Smaller ventures such as safari hunting, sports fishing, camping, boat cruises and scenic/cultural tours are being developed by the Northern Land Council and traditional landowners. In addition, the number of tourism activities on Aboriginal land occurring with the agreement of traditional owners is steadily growing.
Tourism operators are more and more interested in getting exclusive access for small groups of "eco-tourists" to the unique natural and cultural features of Aboriginal land.

Agreements for tourism operations on Aboriginal land contain provisions for access arrangements, fees, leases, use of local Aboriginal "guides", use of local Aboriginal contractors and training of local Aboriginal people.