Two Day Daintree Aboriginal Art and Survival
Enjoy a unique two day tour including a traditional coastal survival experience and the awe inspiring ancient rainforest. Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas, Traditional Owners will take you to Cooya Beach where you will be taught how to throw a spear and collect a variety of food and medicine amongst the ever changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. Explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest and learn how Aboriginal people survived in this piece of paradise. Visit Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery, a special place where you will experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling.
Tropical North Queensland from Cairns to Cooktown and including Normanby Station, QLD.
What to expect
Drive along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive.
Experience traditional Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques at Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu)
Enjoy morning tea and sample your fresh catch whilst learning about Kuku Yalanji culture.
Enjoy a river cruise on the Daintree River
Take a walk along the awe inspiring beach at Kulki (Cape Tribulation).
Take an extended guided rainforest walk through Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge.
Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River (conditions permitting).
Experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling at Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Day 1: Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas this cultural journey traverses the pristine mountains and beaches of the Daintree region following the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. Your first taste of local indigenous culture is at Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) the traditional fishing grounds for the local Aboriginal people the Kuku Yalanji. A picturesque place with the stunning backdrop of the Daintree National Park it is the perfect location to begin your cultural adventure.
Join Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners the Walker Family on a coastal walk for a hands on cultural experience. Experience traditional Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques and learn about the abundance of food and medicine that can be found amongst the diverse eco-systems. Discover how to use a spear and collect a variety of food and medicine amongst the pristine tidal lagoons and mangrove mudflats.Enjoy morning tea and sample your fresh catch whilst learning about Kuku Yalanji culture.
After lunch your cultural journey continues to the Daintree River to discover the wildlife of the Daintree Region. Enjoy a river cruise in search of crocodiles and amazing birdlife. Continue past Wundu (Thorntons Peak) the highest mountain in the Daintree region and a highly sacred place for the Kuku Yalanji.
Take an afternoon walk along the awe inspiring beach at Kulki (Cape Tribulation).Enjoy a delicious restaurant style dinner before spending the night under the canopy of a tropical rainforest in resort style accommodation.
Overnight Ferntrees Rainforest Resort, Cape Tribulation
Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 2: Cape Tribulation to Cairns
Cape Tribulation is the ideal place to enjoy a tropical breakfast. This cultural journey continues on a picturesque drive to the southern section of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge. Take an extended guided rainforest walk through the spectacular gorge to get a true understanding of how the Kuku Yalanji people connected with this piece of paradise. Discover the unique flora and fauna of the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River (conditions permitting).
After lunch travel a short distance to Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery. This is a special place where you will experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling.
Learn about Aboriginal art styles and culture with local Kuku Yalanji artist and traditional owner Binna. Discover Binnas contemporary art style inspired by his homeland of the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Relax and create an Aboriginal art style souvenir of your own to keep.
You will never forget this relaxed paced Aboriginal cultural experience. A truly unique experience taking in the iconic rainforest and beaches of the Daintree National Park mixed with nature and genuine Kuku Yalanji culture.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
What is included
This two day tour departs from Cairns and Port Douglas on a Saturday.
Maximum group size of 14 people.
This experience is also available as a private charter for 1- 14 people. Private charter costs on application.
- Aboriginal Coastal Survival Experience
- Aboriginal Art Workshop
- Mossman Gorge
- Cape Tribulation
- Daintree National Park entry fees
- Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
- Small personalised group (Maximum 14)
- Resort style accommodation.
- Meals (2 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast)
Guests should expect to walk about 5 kilometres on the tour.
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.
What to bring
- Water bottle
- Small overnight bag (10 kg max)
- Torch (Flashlight)
- Suitable walking shoes
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Culture Connect Pty Ltd was established in 2010 and specialises in intimate, authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences with the Traditional Owners of their homelands. The vision of the organisation is to connect people of different cultural backgrounds through unique and unforgettable experiences and to allow Aboriginal culture to be shared in a respectful, responsible manner. The objective of Culture Connect is to empower Aborginal communities by supporting enterprise through tourism and education whilst preserving cultural practices through the tours, private charters and special events in North Queensland’s rich and diverse cultural landscapes, from the Daintree to Cooktown, Cape York and beyond.