Deadly After Dark Sunset Cruise and Canapes

2 Hours
Cairns, Queensland
Cultural Cruise
Year Round
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Indulge your senses as you are immersed in local Mandingalbay Yidinji Country and culture. As the sun sets, journey from Cairns Marina into the calm waters of Trinity Inlet - as you cruise, experience a warm Welcome to Country and take part in a traditional Smoke Cleansing Ceremony, preparing you for the rich sights and sounds of Aboriginal custom to follow.

Then enjoy delicious bush food inspired canapés that bring together local Indigenous ingredients and contemporary dishes while cruising through the lush surrounds of Trinity Inlet. Be totally immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Country as you learn about culture from your Mandingalbay Yidinji guide.

This is a 2 hour experience running from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and is for group bookings only. Please enquire now to arrange a suitable date for your group.


Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Queensland

What to expect

As the sun sets low over the Great Dividing Range to the west of Cairns, meet your local Mandingalbay Yidinji guide and push off from Cairns Marina in a new covered River Cruise vessel, bound for East Trinity Reserve.

Cruise across from the Marina to discover an Indigenous Protected Area where ancient knowledge meets science to deliver world-first conservation programs.

Mandingalbay Yidinji Country includes a great diversity of environments — marine areas, mangroves, freshwater wetlands, rainforest clad mountains, coastal plains, beaches, reefs and islands, covering a total of almost 10,000 hectares.

Journey along an avenue of ancient mangrove forests to the Stingray Shelter, an off-grid architecturally award-winning structure, and enjoy the ancient Mandingalbay custom of a Welcoming to Country and Smoking Cleansing Ceremony. Listen to Mandingalbay Yidinji rangers speak of ancient language and practices and learn about traditional tools, instruments and weapons made from the land.

Indigenous inspired canapes and refreshing beverages will be served throughout the evening by the Mandingalbay team.

Enjoy a fusion of traditional and contemporary inspired, local sourced delicacies such as Thai style Kangaroo with green papaya salsa, smoked crocodile, Tableland pork belly, green ant salmon gravlax and seared Queensland scallops, even mud crab and barramundi in banana leaf (sample menu only). Beverages include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

As you cruise peacefully back through the beautiful mangrove lined waterways into Cairns enjoy the glow of the city’s lights, under the stars and from a completely different perspective with a deeper appreciation for culture and Country.

Group bookings

This is a 2 hour experience running from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and is for group bookings only. Please enquire now to arrange a suitable date for your group.

Group bookings are a minimum of 15 people and maximum 25 people.

Tour cost is $99 per adult and $59 per child. Family group rate of $257 available for 2 adults and 2 children.

What is included

  • Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony
  • Indigenous Guide and hosting team
  • Cultural insights and learnings
  • Indigenous inspired canapes and beverages
  • Return river cruise from Cairns Marina to East Trinity

What to bring

  • Sturdy, covered flat footwear
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm clothes/jacket if travelling between May and November.

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at Mooz Gelato and Juice BarMarina Point, 5/2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns. Cruise departs from Finger Wharf C at the Cairns Marlin Marina. Please arrive at least 10 min prior to departure time.


Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours

Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours is 100% owned and operated by the Traditional Owners of the land, the Mandingalbay Yidinji people of East Trinity.

The company provides guests with the chance to experience ancient lands including rainforest, open woodland, estuarine mangroves, wetlands, and marine environments with Mandingalbay Yidinji Guides who cover topics of cultural significance, and lead interpretive walks, showcasing traditional use of natural resources used for medicinal purposes and sustenance.

Straddling the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas in Far North Queensland, Mandingalbay Yidinji country lies just east of Cairns across Trinity Inlet and includes a great diversity of environments and landscapes.

The Mandingalbay Yidinji People (MY People) are the direct descendants of Jubalum, the Aboriginal people that continue to govern, manage, occupy, care for and sustainably interact with Country which has been undertaken through cultural and customary lore for many thousands of years. Sharing knowledge of our traditional lands and waters with guests entrusts a future for today and future generations.