Based at Ayres Rock (Uluru), Brett Graham is one of Australia’s best outback guides. His deep knowledge and passion for Aboriginal culture brings it to life for his guests in only a way that few people can.
Please tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
My name Is Brett Graham, Director and part owner of SEIT Outback Australia. I love the bush especially the outback and have spent a lot of time with the Aboriginal people of the central desert regions around Uluru.
I spent a lot of time travelling and camping around Australia by 4WD since I could drive, always going somewhere – the more remote the better! I grew up in Melbourne but was always in the bush on weekends exploring a new area. As owner and tour guide I spend a lot of time with our staff ensuring that their cultural knowledge and general touring knowledge and practices are the best they can be. I love to get out bush and just spend time with the Aboriginal people as they have so much to teach us all.
What got you started with your passion for Central Australia and what do you find most interesting about it?
I have alway had an interest in all things outback and then the opportunity presented some 12 years ago. I have been learning ever since. I love the challenges that the outback and remote Australia throws at you, the logistics are never ending but rewarding when it all comes together.
How do you bring Central Australia to life on your tours?
I think people sense that I have a lot of experience in the outback and who I am is part of the tour. People come for a cultural / outback experience and because I live and breath the outback it naturally becomes the flavour of my touring experiences.
Why do you think it’s important that people learn about Central Australia?
Understanding comes from experiences with people who spend time on the land and with the people, and hence are able to pass on knowledge to guests.
People come to Uluru and surrounds to get connected. This takes time and knowledge, and this is an area that we have built connections in.
If people wanted to find out more about Central Australia are there any particular books, documentaries or websites you would recommend?
There are many books and films that tell stories and depict Central Australian culture and most are a great source of information about all aspect of outback life. I think it really depends on your focus on the outback as to where you start .
What’s your favourite Australian animal and why?
Thorny devil – prehistoric! A true survivor of the outback, a fascinating reptile.
What place is Australia’s best-kept secret?
Mt Woodroffe South Australia – spectacular scenery.
What haven’t you seen / done in Australia that you’d like to and why?
Kimberly region and Cape York. On the must-do list – just need the time to do it properly. Extreme regions of Australia is where I like to be.
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