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NRMA Parks & Resorts Celebrates NAIDOC Week with Hands-on Activities

November 11, 2020 Glamping No Comments Email Email

NRMA Parks & Resorts is welcoming in NAIDOC Week over the dates November 8-15 with a swag of special hands-on activities lined up for guests run by local indigenous educators, performers and artists. The National Indigenous National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week presents a wonderful  opportunity for guests to get involved in a range of regional indigenous experiences including guided walks and culture tours, art workshops, dreamtime stories shared by campfire and traditional basket weaving.

At NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park the team has been working with local indigenous business Cooeee Sistas Art Workshops on some fantastic NAIDOC Week activities for guests including the Traditional Aboriginal Basket Weaving with a Twist workshop led by local Aboriginal artist Debbs Robinson. The workshops run for 2.5 fun-filled hours as Debbs teaches the life-changing skill of weaving and shares a little about the region’s Aboriginal culture. There’s a chance for guests to create their own basket using naturally dyed Madagascan raffia. The classes are designed for people of all ages and stages. Numbers are limited – more here: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/port-macquarie

In Queensland’s Tropical North, the NRMA Cairns Holiday Park has put together a week-long program of NAIDOC-themed activities for guests working with local indigenous Traditional Owners and artists. Include are Acknowledgement to Country ceremonies, traditional basket weaving and boomerang throwing workshops and the chance to get cooking with an underground ‘Bayngaa’ cookout – with a delicious dinner shared at the end.

For kids there’s a dedicated NAIDOC Week Corner with resources and information, as well as a colouring-in competition, fun for everyone to get involved in. Popular local artist Marcus McGregor-Cassady will have his MMC Indigenous Art on display in reception with special 15 percent savings for NAIDOC Week, and the team at the park can also book guests on some of the great indigenous-operated cultural tours in the area. More: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/cairns/

Meanwhile at NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park the team has partnered with local indigenous fashion label Mainie to run an interactive workshop for guests at the park during NAIDOC Week. The Mainie collection of silks includes  handmade scarves, wraps, ties and tops and is a meeting of two ancient artisan cultures: Australia’s 60,000-year-old indigenous arts heritage, and luxurious silks from the historic Silk Road cities of China. Mainie was founded by Cairns-based Charmaine Saunders, a Gunggari Aboriginal woman who will lead the design workshops at the park. More https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/palm-cove/

NRMA Parks & Resorts Chief Executive Officer Paul Davies said NAIDOC Week was a great time to celebrate regional Aboriginal culture and showcase a variety of local indigenous experiences across the properties.

“We’re thrilled to have so many wonderful hands-on activities on offer for NAIDOC Week 2020 that are a chance for our guests to connect with local indigenous people and culture, have some fun, meet new friends and learn a little about Aboriginal culture along the way,” Mr Davies said.

One of the most trusted brands in Australia, NRMA’s 32 holiday parks and resorts are located in some of the country’s most incredible natural destinations spanning Tropical North Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania each offering unforgettable experiences for guests. Many of the parks also welcome pets, making family holidays even easier, and all have recently introduced more flexible booking conditions and COVID-19 operational measures to ensure the health and safety of guests.

For more information and bookings call 1300 414 448  or visit www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/darlington-beach

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