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Best Aboriginal experiencesin Queensland

Catch and taste seafood, explore the lush rainforests and paddle the spectacular waterways with an Aboriginal guide to immerse yourself in Queensland’s natural and cultural assets.


 

Adventure North Australia - Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys

Adventure North Australia - Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys, Bama Way, Queensland

Learn to throw a spear, hunt and fish, visit ancestral rock art sites and take a rainforest bush walk to the stunning Bloomfield Falls in the Daintree. Link in with Aboriginal owned tour operators including Nugal-warra elder and story-teller, Willie Gordon who will take you to his ancestral rock art sites, sharing insights into his culture and spirituality through the cave paintings. Join Walker Family Tours on a bush walk to the beautiful Bloomfield Falls and take a beach walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours to learn how to throw a spear and hunt for seafood. Choose from a series of flexible fly and fly-drive packages from Cairns or Port Douglas, or drive yourself.


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland

Experience Australia’s amazing native wildlife and learn about Aboriginal culture in one, easily accessible location. Conveniently located on the southern Gold Coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to get up close to a cuddly koala, look out for one of the biggest saltwater crocodiles in Australia, see a Tasmanian devil and hand feed the friendly kangaroos. You can also take in one of the spellbinding Aboriginal dance performances, held daily at 3:30pm, where guests have the opportunity to get their photo taken with the dancers after the performance. The rich culture of Aboriginal heritage is celebrated every day in this spectacular show featuring dances, stories and the distinctive rhythms of the didgeridoo.


Ingan Tours

Ingan Tours, Tully, Queensland

Experience the sacred values and time-honoured ancestral knowledge of the Jirrbal Rainforest Aboriginal people on a walking or kayaking tour through awe-inspiring rainforest in the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. Elder, Ernie Grant and his family offer a five-hour walk through the pristine rainforest following along crystal clear creeks to the beautiful Echo Creek Falls. The kayak tour is a great way to experience the Cassowary Coast Region as you paddle your way down the beautifully created creek tunnels. Jirrbal guides offer interpretative information on the flora and fauna giving an understanding of how the rainforest sustains life.


Intrepid Travel – Journey to Olkola Country

Intrepid Travel – Journey to Olkola Country, Cape York, Queensland

Journey into Olkola country on this amazing six-day tour. Discover the rich history of the Olkola people and the area’s pristine environment on one of the most authentic adventures in Indigenous Australia. Departing from and returning to Cairns this six-day adventure is a journey like no other. The Olkola people of Cape York reclaimed 700,000 hectares of traditional land in one of the largest returns of land in history in 2014 and the area has since remained untouched. Your days will be filled with listening to significant Olkola stories across the varied land. Discover rock art, see the diverse wildlife and explore pristine ecosystems. There’s also the chance to see the elusive Golden Shouldered Parrot on a walk in the Alwal National Park, a rare but very memorable experience. At night camp out at a real homestead with Olkola people and watch the magical expanse of stars around open fires. Here stories are shared and passed down from generation to generation. On day 6 enjoy a scenic drive along the Bloomfield Track on one of the country’s best coastal drives to Cape Tribulation where you’ll enjoy a wander beneath towering canopies in the Daintree Rainforest before returning to Cairns.


Janbal Gallery

Janbal Gallery, Mossman, Queensland

Janbal Gallery is an Aboriginal Art Gallery owned and operated by a local Kuku Yalanji artist, Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Located in Mossman in Far North Queensland, the Gallery is a special place where you can experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling. Explore the gallery to browse and enjoy the authentic Aboriginal art and artefacts from Far North Queensland and other acclaimed Australian Aboriginal artists. Join in one of the art workshops offered daily with a choice of a one hour boomerang painting workshop or the popular two hour canvas painting workshop. Binna will tutor you in the skills required to produce your own masterpiece that you can take home with you. 


Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Mossman, Queensland

Brothers, Linc and Brandon Walker follow the traditions of their ancestors by educating visitors about their traditional country at Cooya Beach on the far north east coast of Australia. Join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers on their beach, mudflat and mangrove walk just 10 minutes north of Port Douglas. This traditional fishing ground has three diverse ecosystems - beach, mangroves and coastal reef. Each are connected to each other by the ever-changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. Today, the brothers teach you how to throw a spear, hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife, and how to find plants for food and medicine.


Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Experience the pristine waterfalls, stunning mountains and vivid flora and fauna of the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide. Visit culturally significant sites, see traditional bark shelters and hear the stories of this ancient land. Share in the enchanting stories and rich heritage of this spectacular landscape whilst connecting with the lives, culture and beliefs of the local Kuku Yalanji community. Wander beneath the towering canopy of the rainforest which is beautifully framed by the imposing mountains. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear water of the Mossman River and watch it cascading over granite boulders. Tours start at the Mossman Gorge Centre.


Rainforestation Nature - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

Rainforestation Nature - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, Kuranda, Queensland

Situated in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest in Kuranda, Rainforestation has three unique experiences: Army Duck Rainforest tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience featuring dance performances and Dreamtime Walk with boomerang throwing, spear throwing and didgeridoo playing, and iconic Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park.


Stradbroke Island Holidays

Stradbroke Island Holidays, Stradbroke Island, Queensland

North Stradbroke Island or Minjerribah, is the home of the Quandamooka people. It is famous for its white sandy beaches, magnificent inland lakes, hidden waterways and scenic walks. It is a one hour drive from Brisbane then a short ferry ride across Moreton Bay. Local Aboriginal guides provide a fascinating insight into their rich heritage, which is still evident on the island today. Take the spectacular North Gorge Walk for breath taking views of Main Beach. It is an amazing vantage point to spot wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and manta rays which are often sighted from the headlands. Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.


TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK

Amber Toms,Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns, Queensland

Discover the magic of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal culture near Cairns at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Witness spectacular theatrical performances which will take you on a fascinating journey deep into dreamtime legend. By day, learn to play the didgeridoo, throw a traditional boomerang or spear, and gain an insight into how bush foods were used to create medicinal remedies. Tjapukai By Night is a traditional evening of entertainment with tastes of the Far North and an award winning show. Participate in a traditional fire making ceremony and witness as one of the world’s oldest living cultures is brought to life through a series of awe-inspiring performances.


Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Walkabout Cultural Adventures, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Visit the Daintree Rainforest to enjoy the lush scenery and abundant wildlife, try your hand at throwing spears and enjoy a taste of bush tucker. Owner and guide, Juan Walker is a young Kuku Yalanji man from the Daintree Mossman area. He will take you to the secret spots others don’t get to see, and share his local bush knowledge and Aboriginal history. He will give you a wonderful insight into the marine life along the spectacular coastline of the Port Douglas area and show you the waterfalls and hidden swimming spots inside the rainforest. By keeping groups small, all participants enjoy a personalised experience. Juan can also tailor longer trips to suit specific interests.