Ernie Dingo attributes his entertainment beginnings to being a talented basketball player who was selected for the Western Australia State team in the 1970s. His acting career had also began, after meeting Richard Walley, a fellow basketball player. During this period he joined The Middar Aboriginal Dance Theatre and began working as a stand-up comedian and then as an actor. He has also been a musician and songwriter and has appeared in a number of Australian films and in television soap operas. He is well known as a host on the TV program The Great Outdoors.