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Two Day Cooktown Rainforest and Rock Art


Culture Connect

Discover the diverse Aboriginal cultural and natural landscape of Tropical North Queensland on this two day tour departing from Cairns and Port Douglas. Explore the Daintree rainforest with the Kuku Yalanji people. Visit rarely seen rock art galleries at Normanby Station with Balnggarrawarra Traditional Owners. Relax in comfortable accommodation at the historic, coastal hamlet of Cooktown.

Insights into your experience

This two day Aboriginal cultural journey will highlight the diversity of Aboriginal culture being hosted by two different groups on their homelands. With the contrasting landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest and the Savannah Woodland of Cape York this tour is truly unique and authentic.

Day 1: Cairns to Cooktown
Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas, the first taste of local Aboriginal culture starts with the Kuku Yalanji people. Mossman Gorge is a stunning location with its crystal clear waters and lush tropical rainforest. Be guided by a local Indigenous guide to learn how the Kuku Yalanji connected with this tropical paradise. Explore the fauna and flora of this World Heritage listed area, learn about traditional Aboriginal food and medicine.

From Mossman Gorge the journey will continue over the mountain range and head west. Enjoy lunch along the way as the landscape dramatically changes from rainforest to savannah woodland.

Enjoy a refreshing drink at the historic Lions Den Pub before arriving in the coastal, frontier town of Cooktown. Discover the history and culture of Cooktown as you tour the town.

Enjoy magnificent views to the Great Barrier Reef from Grassy Hill, learn about the challenges of Captain Cook whilst shipwrecked, enjoy a delicious meal before retiring to your comfortable resort style accommodation.

Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Cooktown to Cairns

After breakfast journey towards Normanby Station which is the homelands of the Balnggarrawarra people. The landscape has an abundance of food, water and rock shelters which made it a perfect home for Aboriginal people during traditional times.

Join Balnggarrawarra Traditional Owners on a cultural walk highlighting the traditional lives of their ancestors. Explore the mystic and spiritual rock art galleries scattered amongst tropical savannah and sandstone escarpments. Hear past stories of elders and how the people continue to remain connected to their country.

From Normanby Station the cultural experience returns to Cooktown for lunch and a visit to the James Cook Museum. Learn about the colourful history of Cooktown, admire the architecture of the majestic building. Visit the mysterious Black Mountain (Kalkajaka ) on the return journey. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch


Aboriginal guide
All meals

You should bring

Spare clothing
Walking shoes
Water bottle

Things to know

This two day tour departs on Thursdays from March to October at 7:30am.

Adult $980.00AUD
Child (4-14 years old) $860.00AUD 

Cost includes:

  • Dreamtime Walk (Daintree National Park)
  • Rock Art Gallery Walk (Normanby Station)
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Cooktown Town Tour
  • Historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Small personalised group (Maximum 14)
  • Informative cultural guide (Fully guided)
  • Resort style accommodation
  • Meals (2 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast)

Guests should bring: 

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Small overnight bag (10 kg max)
  • Torch (Flashlight)
  • Raincoat
  • Suitable walking shoes

This Experience is also available as a tour or private charter for 1 to 14 people. Charter Price on application.

Meeting point

You will be picked up at your Cairns or Port Douglas accommodation for an early morning departure. Please advise accommodation details when you make your booking and a pick up time will be advised prior to departure day.


Tropical North Queensland from Cairns to Cooktown and including Normanby Station, QLD. 

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