Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba, invites local businesses employing, owned or run by Aboriginal people to provide new tourism and cultural experiences for its visitors.
Expressions of Interest are invited from 30 November 2018 and close on 14 January 2019.
The Park aims to attract several operators who can offer a variety of authentic Nyoongar experiences to celebrate this unique part of Western Australian culture. Ideas include walking tours, storytelling, dance, art making, music and bush tucker experiences.
For further details and to apply, please download the Expression of Interest guidelines below.
Individual site meetings with the Kings Park team are available to people interested in applying or obtaining further information. A site meeting can be arranged by contacting Kings Park on (08) 9480 3600.
Kaarta Koomba has been an important place for Wadjuk Nyoongar people for thousands of years. With spiritual and cultural connections to this land, it offers a rich Aboriginal history and cultural stories to share with local people and tourists from around the world.
The call for Aboriginal businesses to participate comes in response to growing demands from domestic and international visitors for Aboriginal cultural experiences. According to recent Tourism WA data, 78 per cent of visitors to Western Australia are looking for an Aboriginal experience of some kind.
Support for new or emerging Aboriginal businesses who wish to develop their businesses and submit an Expression of Interest is available from organisations such as WAITOC (WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council), the SBDC (Small Business Development Corporation) and through businesses registered on the ABDWA (Aboriginal Business Directory WA). All applications will be independently assessed by a panel of experts.
This initiative is part of a broader plan by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to encourage authentic cultural experiences and collaborations with Aboriginal businesses in WA. A similar Expression of Interest process is also underway for Rottnest Island. Information about existing opportunities to run Aboriginal cultural tourism enterprises in other Perth locations and in WA’s national parks are available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website.