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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

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What You Can Expect

Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

Daintree Dreaming Day Tour

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

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!!!

Laura F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Marilyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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 !!

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Kent C H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

Phyllis H K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Definitely 5 stars! Our guides were knowledgable and friendly. Our small group made the day easy and the two halves--Cooya Beach and the Daintree Rainforest were a superb combination. The lunch was exquisite and the final stop at Jambah Gallery was the perfect ending to a memorable day.

Jessica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing! The guides are incredibly knowledgeable. The tour gives you a really well rounded experience. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Holly Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was so much fun. Our tour guides taught us so much in a fun way. I was bitten head to toe though out the trip in Auz by mosquitoes. When we went for a swim in the special pool, Dean, one of our guides saw the extent of the damage to my body. He then ground up some leaves, mixed it with water and proceeded to let me wash myself in it. The plant mixture makes an antiseptic so that I would not get ill from the bites and it stopped the itching. Next day the bites were nearly gone! We ate freshly cooked crab caught by the group and cooked by our guide and hunter "Link" he also gave us a didgeridoo lesson and interesting facts on his tribe. It was great to be on a tour where you could get down and dirty with the locals. We were allowed to keep the paintings that we did with our art lesson and they now grace our wall. This is a kicked back, must do.

Elizabeth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

This was an amazing tour. We had Darryl as our tour guide--can not imagine anyone better. He was raised with the aboriginal culture and knew both our artist and our spear fisherman personally. The tour through the rainforest was fascinating,Link taught us about medicinal plants

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