We arrived on Sunday morning to find a large group of students already in the reception area. They were having great fun being decorated for the tour ahead.
We, and others in our group, had to wait (and wait) then another presenter was persuaded to take us. We missed out on the initial introduction and went to the boomerang and spear throwing areas. The setting is beautiful. I felt our guide was disinterested. Whilst we had turns there was very little encouragement or enthusiasm from him.
At this stage all visitors were shepherded into an auditorium for creation stories. The radio mics were either not working or ineffective. It could have been so much better. We then went to another area where the presenters showed fire making, song and dance and we were able to participate briefly. There was slightly more atmosphere to this event. The bush food and medicines demonstration was mind numbingly boring. We just handed round leaves and nuts. It felt like primary school show and tell. Moving on again we had a didgeridoo demonstration which was interesting though there was no offer of participation.
At this stage any semblance of order vanished. Our guide had vanished and we waited whilst others went to the boomerang and spear workshop that we had done earlier. We were told he would come back. He never did. It was suggested we went to the shop and the visit was over. However our group was also booked for lunch.
Lunch was very good and varied. Drinks from the bar were extra. People started to drift away and, as we were finishing, the presenters arrived and took to the stage saying we could take photos. I'm sure this should have been happening whilst we were eating.
I wanted to like this. I went away feeling .. nothingness. I use the word presenters as whilst I accept the heritage of the participants they felt more like performers and the sort who go from school to school to undertake workshops. Maybe we were unlucky. The many positive reviews suggest so.
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