Queensland's Best Aboriginal Experiences

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. Queensland's Best Aboriginal Experiences
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Queensland's Best Aboriginal Experiences

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.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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.


Kuku-Yalanji Dreamtime Walks, Mossman Gorge, QLD

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours

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.


Walkabout Cultural Adventures

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.


Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, The Daintree, QLD

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Enjoy a unique experience staying amidst the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and share in the world’s oldest continuous culture through authentic, ethical and inspiring personal experiences with the Kuku Yalanji Rainforest Aboriginal people. The Daintree Eco Lodge Spa is set in a lush valley amidst 30 acres of ancient rainforest on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. Treat yourself to some innovative Australian cuisine with a twist, infusing native ingredients from the rainforest in the Julaymba Restaurant or indulge in a spa and massage experience with rainforest ingredients at the Daintree Wellness Spa ‘Wawu-Karrba’.


Ingan Tours

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.


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, QLD

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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.


Mossman Gorge Centre

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.


Stradbroke Island Holidays

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.


Daintree Rainforest, QLD

Adventure North Australia - Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys

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.


Rainforestation Nature - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

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.


Guurrbi Tours, Cooktown, QLD

Guurrbi Tours

Join Aboriginal Elder and story-keeper, Willie Gordon, on one of Australia’s ultimate must-do experiences. Willie Gordon is a Nugal-warra Elder and story-keeper who takes you to his ancestral rock art sites, set in stunning countryside high in the hills outside Cooktown. Here he shares the stories behind the art, giving you an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality. Join Willie on a magical journey of story and Dreaming, birthing and beginning.

Janbal Gallery

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. 

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