Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas, Australia
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clock-o11 hours (Approx.)
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Experience Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and the Daintree Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Meet your local indigenous guide at Cooya Beach to learn traditions of hunting and gathering food supplies, then explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. This small-group tour that has a maximum of 18 participants, ensuring a hands-on experience with your guide. Choose from two afternoon options: a guided hike to a water hole; or upgrade to tour the forest with an Aboriginal guide who shares Dreamtime stories.
  • Small-group tour to Daintree Rainforest with Aboriginal cultural experience, from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Experience a 'Welcome to the Country' smoking ceremony by a traditional owner of the land
  • Learn traditional Aboriginal hunting, fishing and animal tracking techniques with the Kubirri Warra brothers at Cooya Beach
  • Enjoy a morning tea at a private home and a lunch that incorporates bush foods and flavors
  • Browse artworks at Mossman Gorge Centre’s gallery for Aboriginal artists
  • Swim in a private water hole in the Daintree Rainforest (if option chosen)
  • Explore Daintree with an indigenous guide who shares Dreamtime stories and cultural traditions (if option chosen)
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures an intimate experience with your guide
Your guide picks you up from your centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodations in the morning. Drive for one hour to the north in a climate–controlled minivan, taking in the landscape around one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads.

When you arrive at Cooya Beach, take an informative walk with one of the Kubirri Warra brothers around their traditional lands. Learn Aboriginal hunting techniques including spear–handling, then observe techniques for tracking fish, mud crabs and mussels in the mangroves. Look for wildlife, try bush tucker (food) and hear about medicinal plants in the area.

The brothers demonstrate the use of certain Aboriginal tools, and might even teach you how to play a didgeridoo. as you relax on the balcony of the family home after your walk. Snack on morning tea that includes fresh homemade damper (bread cooked over a campfire), the seafood you caught on your walk, and tea or coffee while gazing at the ocean.

After a memorable visit with the Kubirri Warra brothers, continue to nearby Mossman Gorge, located on outskirts of Daintree Rainforest. Experience the ‘welcome to country’ ceremony performed by the traditional owners of the land. The spiritual ceremony provides protection and cleansing for your visit to the Mossman Gorge, the traditional land of the Kuku Yalanji people.

At the Mossman Gorge Centre, have lunch and take a look at the art gallery, which features indigenous artists from across North Queensland and Kuku Yalanji.

Daintree National Park protects one of the world's oldest rainforest — in existence for more than 120 million years. When booking, please choose from one of the following options for your afternoon in Daintree:

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Tour:
Walk through the rainforest with your expert guide, following sturdy boardwalks, tracks and bridges. Enjoy exclusive access to a swimming area in Mossman Gorge that is off-limits to most visitors. The beautiful private swimming hole is surrounded by the lush rainforest. Bring swim gear so that you can take a dip in the pool if you like. You'll also learn about resident animal and plant life of this biologically rich forest.

Aboriginal guided Rainforest Walk:
An experienced indigenous guide shares Aboriginal traditions and culture as your walk together through the forest. See traditional huts along private walking trails and learn about the deep relationship between the indigenous peoples and their environment. Your guide demonstrates how to use plants to make soaps, medicine and ochre paint, and how to find identify bush food. Your guide’s stories illuminate the Aboriginal perspective on the land and Dreamtime stories.

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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, Mar 2018

This was a very unique, lively, informative and fun experience. A romp through the Mongrove swamps and a hike along the ocean beach, all with a spear for catching and cooking a crab and fish lunch, was a very memorable event. Likewise, the one-on-one informal conversations with local Aboriginal peoples and their stories about their heritage were a special avenue for understanding their culture and history.

, Jan 2018

Wow quite amazed!

, Dec 2017

Riding the train up and taking the skyway back is the way to go. Amazing sights.

, Mar 2017

What an incredible, authentic, full day. Exceeded all of my expectations, and my expectations were high in the first place. First, we were picked up from our airbnb in Cairns. It was a beautiful drive to Daintree, and the entire time our driver Bridgette shared fascinating facts with us about everything from the native people, animals and plants to information about just about everything we passed by. Bridgette was such a kind and intelligent woman! Loved her! Our first destination was the visitors center at mossman gorge in Daintree. We had some snacks, tea and coffee than head into the rainforest where we met our next guide, Skip. Skip was equally passionate and knowledgable. He took us through a beautiful path in the rainforest which is so beautiful you feel like you're in a dream, all the while telling us even more about everything around us, and some fascinating family history. After the walk through the forest, we sat down for some native tea and biscuits while Skip blew all of my minds with a didgeridoo demonstration. I've never heard technique quite like him, he was making sounds with the didgeridoo that I've never heard in my life. It was awesome. Lastly, Bridgette took us to Cooya Beach where we met up with Brandon. Another fantastic, interesting, intelligent man who gave us a short spear tutorial, and than took us through the mangroves to find some food. The group of us speared crab, and fish, found mussels and even gathered snails to be cooked later at Brandon's house. This part of the trip was more physically demanding than I expected, as we eventually found ourselves in somewhat thick areas of the mangrove trees, where you have mud up to your ankles and you have to step over tree roots with a height of anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet above ground. Everyone did great, even the old folks in the group kept up, but I'd be lying if I didn't hear some grumbles not everyone enjoys mud up to their ankles. We than left the trees to walk in the shallow waters and beautiful flat sandy beaches of Cooya back to Brandon's house. He took us inside his home, showed us how to cook everything, and added an extremely tasty blend of spices to what we had gathered from the several hours we spent at the beach. Everything was delicious, and to my surprise, especially the snails. A day, A crew. Small tour company with Aboriginal guides, hugely authentic exciting experience. Thank you to all three of our tour guides for making this tour a day that I'll never forget.

, Jan 2017

We booked this tour on our first day of the Queensland trip and it is a great way to start off the whole trip. We started in the morning with Mossman Gorge, took a walk around and getting in the gorge for a very refreshing swim. Bridget, our guide, was very warm and open to questions. It is amazing how much she knows about the forest, the plants and animals. It is also fascinating to learn about the way aboriginal people uses the environment around them. As Bridget manoeuvres herself through the forest, she tells us about the seemingly random plants around her and the forest all of a sudden comes to life. We walked away with a new understanding and appreciation of the forest, and the aboriginal people. The schedule of the day depends on low tide timings, and we did our crabbing in the afternoon that day. We took an amazing walk through the sea to the mangrove swamps. There are heaps of mosquitoes there, and even with mozzie sprays brought by Bridget, I got like 20 bites. We also got to see the Kubirri Warra brothers in action, catching a giant crab and a stingray, which was let go. On the way back, I was not feeling great due to the mozzie bites so Bridget took us to a pharmacy. We really appreciate it! The trips was very memorable and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the aboriginal culture.

, Dec 2016

Fabulous tour and great tour guide

, Oct 2016

This was one of the best trips we took!!! We love our Driver/Guide he was just the best and so informative.our Aboriginal guide was wonderful and we loved our time hunting for lunch!!
He cooked it up and it was so Delish!!
My husband even managed to spear a Crab!!!
Would defiantly recommend this trip!!!

, Aug 2016

I found that the customization of the tour by our first aboriginal tour guide was quite impressive. I doubt that on any other tour in my life, I will get to taste and smell green ants. Our tour guide who drove us to the Daintree and described a brief history of the aboriginals in the area and the language groups was quite articulate, kind, and open to questions. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

, Mar 2016

Amazing Day !!! Our Tour Guide was Wonderful and told us about everything we saw thru out the Day ...
Loved hunting for Crabs and walking in mud !! The Rainforest was Very Special . This was a 5 Star day !!

, Oct 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.

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