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Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

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  • Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5101DREAMING
Experience the Daintree Rainforest and Australia's rich Aboriginal culture on this full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques on Cooya Beach with an indigenous guide, then visit the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Gain insight into Australia's indigenous heritage and marvel at the natural beauty of the forest, with two options for the afternoon: walk through the forest to a watering hole; or upgrade to tour the forest with an Aboriginal guide who shares Dreamtime stories and deep knowledge of the land. Throughout the day, enjoy a hands-on experience on this small-group tour limited to 18 participants.


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  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Popular choice with kids
After morning pickup from your centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas hotel, travel in an air-conditioned minivan along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives.

Head north to Cooya Beach, where one of the Kubirri Warra brothers will teach you how to throw a spear along with other Aboriginal hunting techniques. Take a walk with the brothers around their traditional lands. The brothers point out wildlife; teach you how to track and hunt fish, mud crabs and mussels in the mangroves; and give you the chance to try bush tucker and bush medicines.

After your walk, relax on the balcony of the brothers’ family home, which overlooks the ocean. Snack on a morning tea with fresh homemade damper (bread cooked over a campfire), tea, coffee and the seafood you caught. The brothers demonstrate the use of certain Aboriginal tools, and might even teach you how to play a didgeridoo.

Say farewell to the brothers, then continue north to the township of Mossman, located on the southern edge of the Daintree Rainforest. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the traditional owners of the gorge with a ‘welcome to country’ ceremony. It is a ceremony of spiritual cleansing, to ward off evil spirits and ensure you are accepted and honored while on the traditional land of the Kuku Yalanji people.

Next up, head into the Mossman Gorge Centre for a lunch that features local flavors, then browse in the art gallery, which focuses on artwork from by indigenous artists from Kuku Yalanji and across North Queensland.

For the afternoon, choose from one of the following options when booking.

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Tour:
Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, one of the world's oldest rainforests, with your expert guide. Walk along sturdy boardwalks, tracks and bridges that protect the delicate ecosystem. Learn about resident animal and plant life of this biologically rich forest, which has existed for more than 120 million years. You’ll get exclusive access to a swimming area in Mossman Gorge where most visitors are not permitted. Be sure to bring swim gear so that you can take a dip in the beautiful private swimming hole surrounded by rainforest.

Aboriginal guided Rainforest Walk:
Meet an experienced indigenous guide who introduces you to Aboriginal traditions and culture. Follow your guide on a walk through this stunning rain forest, taking private walking trails that pass traditional huts. Your guide demonstrates how to use plants to make medicine, soaps and ochre paint, and how to find identify bush food. You’ll be fascinated by your guide’s stories that illuminate the deep relationship between the indigenous peoples and their environment, and the Aboriginal perspective on the land and Dreamtime myths.

Please note, this tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility. A reasonable level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the experience

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Departure Point:
Centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels
Departure Time:
Cairns 7:00am
Northern Beaches 7:30am
Port Douglas 8:30am

11 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point :
Port Douglas: 5:30pm
Cairns: 6:30pm

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Aboriginal Daintree Tour

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Aboriginal Rainforest Walk

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Tour plus 1.5-hour Aboriginal guided Rainforest Walk

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Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD
  • Local guide
  • Introduction to traditional fishing techniques
  • Morning tea of homemade damper
  • Two-hour coastal walk
  • Interpretive rainforest walk
  • Lunch at the Mossman Gorge Centre
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants are not recommended
  • Tour size - Maximum 18 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tour is subject to weather and road conditions, alternative routes will be taken.
  • No refund will be given if the itinerary is altered due to weather conditions
  • Please bring your swimwear, towel, sun protection, insect repellant and a bottle of water.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Barbara H, October 2015

I thought this tour was fantastic. Our guide was an aboriginal woman who was very open when answering questions. First we went out into the water with our spears and one of our group speared a crab - into the bucket it went. We didn't see other crabs but we moved on to various other mussels and clams in the mangroves. We had quite a bucket of food when we headed back. This was cooked and we ate it as a sort of morning tea. I am not big on shellfish and everything was delicious. In addition to what we had caught, he cooked up a fish soup and some fried fish, some bread and some muffins. It was all great. From there we went to the Daintree for a quick lunch - we were running late - and then our guided walk. I was concerned about this because the tour description made a big deal that you needed to be in good shape. That was only partly true. You do need to be steady on your feet and able to walk up and down rock steps but the walk is somewhat leisurely so walking more slowly than others was not an issue. We were shown lots of interesting plants. Back at the visitor center there was an enormous spider but they said it was not poisonous. I highly recommend this tour! It was very informative and well-done.

Reviewed by: Kent C H, December 2014

Fabulous! Spending the day learning so much about the Daintree Rainforest and the Aboriginal Indigenous People with wonderful teachers and guides in a small group. A must trip for anyone interested in Aboriginal culture!

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Tour code: 5101DREAMING