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