1 Day | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | ADVNTH - DREAM
1 Day | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | ADVNTH - DREAM
What an amazing day of learning, witnessing beauty and exploration! Catch and eat your own food using techniques taught to you by a genuine Indigenous Aboriginal Guide. He will demonstrate methods used by generations of his family to hunt and gather bush tucker (food) and then it’s your turn! Explore the stunningly beautiful Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. Nothing quite compares to standing in the oldest rainforest in the world at over 135 million years old – that’s a lot of birthday cake candles! As you walk under rare ferns as big as umbrellas and trees as tall as office blocks, with flora and fauna untouched since time began. Your guide will show you how the Aboriginals Indigenous tribes lived for centuries off the land and the plants they used. What an amazing day tour learning experience for adults and children alike. This is what is meant by bringing education alive. Not only to learn about the land and its cultural heritage but just to experience the wonder of the Daintree Rainforest and the Aboriginal people makes this a day to remember for everyone, old and young.
1 Day | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | ADVNTH - DREAM
Imagine your first taste of your own freshly caught bush tucker – beats even a five star restaurant! Way before Bear Grylls, the Aboriginals were hunting and fishing for their own food and living off the land in a sustainable cohesive way. Your Indigenous guide, from the local Kuku Yalanji tribe, that have inhabited the Daintree Rainforest for 50,000 years, will show you the techniques used for generations to catch your own bush tucker.
Walk through the 135 million year old Daintree Rainforest under rare overhanging ferns and trees as tall as office blocks. Just soak up nature through your every pore as the sounds of insects and birds are your acoustic backdrop and the pure rainforest air invigorates your lungs. Be amazed as your personal tour guide will show you how the plants and trees were used for food, medicine and hunting. After all your activities refresh yourself swim in the clear crystal waters of the Mossman Gorge. The invigoration as the water, direct from the rainforest cloud droplets covers your body under the filigreed branches of the rainforest canopy is pure heaven.
This is a day for learning, discovery, adventure, surprises and wonder. Understand more about the Indigenous Aboriginal culture and how they use the land and respect it. If you love adventure and want to learn about the different aspects of their culture and nature then this definitely is the tour for you.
Your wonderful day tour has the following amazing activities:
Coastal Mangrove Walk, Cooya Beach – Catch Your Own Bush Tucker (food)!
Your chance to get your own tucker… and eat it!
Your amazing day will start with a 2 hour walking tour starting at the stunning Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) just north of Port Douglas in Queensland Australia. This special place is the traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people. You will join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers Bradon or Linc on their beach, mangrove walks and mudflats. This unique coastal environment has three diverse eco systems – mangrove, beach and coastal reef that are connected by the ever changing tidal lagoons and mudflats. Here you will be introduced to the traditional way of fishing used by Linc and Bradon and their ancestors before them.
With some skilful demonstrations you will then have the chance to find your own tucker Your catch may include, mussels, crabs or fish or all of them. Whatever you have expertly caught will be cooked up for everyone to share along with homemade damper on the balcony of their family home.
This is a real immersive Aboriginal cultural experience and you will be welcomed with a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony.
When you see your guides lighting up a cigar, it is actually a mix of herbs that have properties to spiritually cleanse the surroundings and ward off evil spirits. The traditional smoking ceremony is the traditional start to the Welcome to Country Ceremony. This smoking ceremony is conducted only by Aboriginals who have a specialised cultural knowledge to welcome people to the land. It is so to ensure that while you are present on traditional land that the Kuku Yalanji people accept and honour you on your visit.
Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest
The beauty of the Daintree Rainforest in its natural magnificence is awe inspiring. Wander into the lush rainforest of this World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and it’s not hard to understand why it has been listed. Your guide will take you on an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges that are designed to protect the delicate ecosystem from human impact. Your guide will bring to life the rich flora, fauna and diverse ecosystems of this amazing rainforest.
The tour will also take you to an area of Mossman Gorge that is usually off limits to normal visitors and comes with its own private swimming hole so you can immerse yourself in the tranquillity of your stunning beautiful surroundings. Lay back in those pristine waters and the rest of the modern world seems a lifetime away.
The Daintree Rainforest is a tick list must for nature lovers. Under its canopied auspices it contains scientifically acclaimed examples of fauna and flora representing eight major stages in the earth’s evolutionary history. Some wildlife is only particular to this area and very rare. From kangaroos that live in trees to 6 foot tall flightless birds, the animal diversity here is astounding. A third of Australia’s mammals and frogs, a quarter of its reptiles, including over 12000 insects that have been catalogued so far, and they are still finding more every day.
For bird watchers, ornithologists or twitchers this is indeed a haven for getting out the binoculars and securing the zoom camera lenses. You might even be lucky to run into (hopefully not literally) one of the rare remaining 1200 Cassowaries that inhabit the Daintree Rainforest. For entomologists or insect lovers you might see the flashing electric blue glimmer of a passing Ulysses butterfly or a stick insect cleverly camouflaged on a supporting twig. For reptile lovers or herpetologists you might see a scuttling Boyd’s Rainforest Dragon as it dashes for cover running on its hind legs like an athlete hurtling towards a finish line.
For anyone who isn’t an ‘ologist’ there is much to excite people of all interests. There is much to see for children as there is for adults. Your guide will make an education entertaining and really bring to life the beauty of this rare Rainforest jewel.
Lunch – Mossman Gorge Centre
A wonderfully flavoursome lunch with local flavours is served in the Mossman Gorge Centre at the edge of the Daintree Rainforest. The centre is the main cultural focal point for the area. You will fall in love with at least one of the Aboriginal artworks shown in the Mossman Gorge Art Gallery and want it at home on your wall. The high standard of work from these talented local artists come in a variety styles, as etchings, oils, photography and are more contemporary in their subject matter than the traditional points of paint method. The well-stocked shop also has much to tempt you with a wide range of beautiful souvenirs of your visit.
As an optional extra you can take an Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk. There’s nothing quite like hearing and seeing an Indigenous guide demonstrating traditional plant use and identifying bush food. Your guide will even show you how to make traditional ochre paint and bush soaps. (Wonder if the soap was discovered after wanting to remove the paint) as well as taking you on walk through the stunning rainforest on private walking trails.You will learn which plants are used for food and medicine. You will also gain an understanding how the Indigenous culture incorporates its ancestors in their daily lives.
Included in Price
2 hour coastal and mangrove walk learning to identify and catch sea and land bush tucker
Eat your catch of the day served with homemade damper
Welcome to Country ceremony
Guided interpretive tour through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge with your Guide, you will learn about hunting, fishing and so much more
Swim in the private rainforest swimming hole in crystal clear waters
Lunch at Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre
Return Hotel Transfers
Small Group (21 seater bus)
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Optional Extra: Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk
Gifts & souvenirs from Mossman Gorge Centre
Cairns: 10.5 hours approx
Northern Beaches: 9.5 hours approx
Port Douglas: 8 hours approx
Departs Cairns 7:30am, Northern Beaches 8:00am, Port Douglas 9:00am
Returns Cairns 6:00pm, Northern Beaches 5:30pm, Port Douglas 5:00pm
Timing subject to tides
Days of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Departs FromCairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas
- Cairns Beaches
- Port Douglas
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Sun protection cream
Towel and swimming costume
Charged up camera
Money for extras
Fitness Level RequiredLow - Medium
Child price applies to children 4 to 14
One child travels free as part of a family (2 adults & 2 children)
Fuel charge $20.00 per adult inclusive in price – children exempt
Not suitable for disabled people
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Tours subject to weather conditions, if the Bloomfield Track is closed or safety considerations arise, an alternative route via the Mulligan Highway will be taken.
Cancellations within 48 hours prior to departure – 100% non refundable.
Cancellations within 7 days of departure - 50% non refundable.
The operator reserves the right to cancel any tour, change vehicle type, alter the itinerary or arrange an alternative operator if necessary.
No refund will be given in these circumstances or in the event of any delay, curtailment or alteration of a trip resulting from any cause including severe weather conditions or mechanical failure.
Daintree Rainforest & Mossman Gorge
This is a highly educational full day tour for both children and adults that includes comfortable return coach transfers so we didn't have to worry about a thing. Discover or rediscover Aboriginal Culture: the highlight for me was the spear fishing, I actually caught a mud crab!
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