Cultural Education Talks
Kuku Yalanji Traditional Custodians meet with visitors to walk on their traditional homeland on Cooya beach, where they continue to practice their cultural activities and maintain their cultural heritage. Learn about the cultural importance of this country, fishing, hunting, foods and medicines.
Beach side of 1 Palm street where parking is available under the trees. 15 minute drive north of Port Douglas and a 5 minute drive from Mossman.
What to expect
Join our First Nations guides on this exclusively unique tour and immerse yourself in our rich culture and history on Kubirriwarra country.
Upon arrival a Traditional Welcome followed by a Traditional Smoking Ceremony will be performed to protect you while you walk with us on our traditional lands.
First Nations guides will then introduce guests to their traditional fishing activity of spear throwing and handling as it is still practiced here today.
With spear in hand you will then follow along the beach mangrove and mudflats identifying cultural medicine and food plants and are included in their daily activity of spear fishing and gathering for their families.
After about 2 hrs of cultural activities and coastal walking guests will return with their guides to see Kuku Yalanji artefacts and share rare stories from their traditional land while they prepare their daily food for their families.
What is included
This experience is available daily, each morning and afternoon. The duration is 1 hour. This is an education tour (non hunting).
This experience operates on a minimum of 4 Adults. Additional adults and children can be added to the booking.
The standard departure times are 9:30am and 1:30pm pending tide. You will need to contact the office at least 48 hours prior to your tour commencing to confirm exact departure time.
Low to medium fitness is required for this activity. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Planning your trip
Please wear comfortable clothing.
This tour operators in all weather conditions. When raining we encourage guests wear wet weather gear like ponchos.
Cameras are welcomed and we encourage our guests to share pictures of their experience on our various social media sites.
Apply sunscreen and insect repellent prior to the tour.
Public toilets are located at the Northern end of the beach at the boat ramp area – a 3 minute drive from where the tour departs. Recommend using these facilities prior to the tour.
The beach side of 1 Palm Street, Cooya Beach. *Please confirm exact tour departure time directly with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours at least 48 hours prior to your experience and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.
What to bring
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours was established in 1999 by Linc & Brandon Walker.
If you feel it's time to get native, join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers on their beach, mudflat and mangrove walk! Linc and Brandon Walker follow the traditions of their ancestors who, for thousands of years, educated visitors about their Kuku Yalanji culture. Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) is a special place and is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji Bama. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems -beach, mangroves and coastal reef - that are connected to each other by the ever changing mudflats and tidal lagoons.
Today the brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear, hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife and country, and how to track coastal resources. And they share some of their extensive knowledge of this special area and how they care for their Country.