From the rainforests of the Daintree, to the cascading waters of Mossman Gorge, you’ll find this Aboriginal guided walking tour a feast for the eyes, taste-buds and imagination! You’ll travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the World Heritage Daintree and Cape Tribulation jungle which is recorded as the oldest living rainforests estimated at over 150 million years old!
Your Aboriginal guide will take your trekking through the mangroves, where you can try your hand at finding giant mud-crabs! Your tribal tour guide, Juan, keeps the group to a minimum for a personalised cultural experience, and will likewise take you to pristine, secluded beaches with a chance of spearing a shark in front of your eyes!
When your lunch bounty has been caught, Juan will cook this seafood extravaganza traditionally for you. Since this is such a cosy group, you’ll be welcomed into Juan’s extraordinary life and home, where you’ll dine on his mum’s veranda!
This is also where you’ll witness a treasure trove of Aboriginal artifacts, before heading to the evergreen beauty of Mossman Gorge. Here, you’ll spend your time wading in the crystal-clear creeks before the scenic journey home.
You’ll gain a fascinating knowledge of the Kuku Yalanji people’s custom and legend, and carry a sense of cultural appreciation, as well as some breathtaking scenery, back home in your memories. Travelling north by air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll arrive at the Daintree, where a mythical world of cultural discovery awaits. You’ll likewise visit the sublime beaches of Wonga and Cooya to view a breathtaking tropical panorama and learn a few fishing tips. And from here, you’ll trek into mangrove realms to try your luck at spearing a Giant mud-crab for lunch! They’ll be ample opportunity to absorb tribal stories and tradition on this walking tour, and the chance to swim in the glistening springs of Mossman Gorge. This magnificent place is an indigenous wonderland of towering trees and emerald forest, and a beautiful destination to immerse yourself in cool waters and ancient heritage.
The Kuku Yalanji people are the indigenous custodians of this mesmerizing landscape, and their stories have been steeped in the towering jungle, mountains, valleys, rocks and water for over 50,000 years; the earliest human occupation in Australia. Far North Queensland is beautifully fitting to their timeless customs, as their domain happens to fan across the oldest rainforest in existence; which you’ll visit today. The Daintree is a wondrous diverse environ of natural phenomenon and cultural heritage. You’ll be amazed by both fact and legend, from the way the Kuku Yalanji believe their ancestors spirit’s remain in this universally rare habitat to protect all, and how they are the only tribal rainforest people to maintain their own language. During this trek, the magic of heritage, and the once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing will have you spellbound!
On this part of the day, you’ll not only be taken to sublime tropical beaches, but likewise back to a timeless hunting tradition. On the golden stretch of coastline ranging from Cooya to Wonga beach, you’ll wade in the balmy shallow waters with a riveting presentation on how to master a spear! You’ll also be taken on a magical walk in the mangrove depths; a shoreline forest rich with beauty and customary tribal food! These seaside woodlands offer an array of Pipis (shellfish) and bountiful Giant mud-crab. It might be your lucky to day spear a fish or crab, or even see your personable guide, Juan, land a shark for your feast. Which he’ll then steam with mouthwatering butter, garlic and coconut, along with a delicious selection of paw-paw, passionfruit, and damper drizzled with golden syrup! And you may even be fortunate enough to catch enough crab to take home for your resort chef to cook up at dinner!
Since the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest and most rare habitat in the world, it makes senses that its residents are something you’ll find are just as unique! It will look as though you’re walking a jungle path in the most remote and secluded part of the world, but these massive trees and goliath plants hide a vast array of wildlife. And the Kuku Yalanji people, being harmonious conservationists of the land, only take what they need in the way of food and medicine, and are diligently respectful for endangered species, such as the 2m, rainbow plumed cassowary, and tree kangaroo; both of which are only found in these parts, worldwide. You may magically spot one or either on this wondrous walking expedition, and with 30% of Australia’s reptile species, and 40% of butterflies, keep your eyes peeled for the appearance of a water dragon, or stunning Red Lacewing!
This ancient kingdom holds the ambience of magic. When you walk the shaded canopies and rich rainforests of Mossman Gorge, you’ll feel a sense of wonder and tranquility. You’ll be led on a discovery walk of sunshade trees, and hear the whispering of cascading rapids. And in the dreamy realms of this sacred land, you’ll be invited to immerse yourself in the crystal waters and luxuriate with a swim. Mossman Gorge is not just a domain of unforgettable beauty, but a showcase of the Kuku Yalanji people’s legend. The breathtaking peak that stands sentry over the gorge is Manjal Dimbi; roughly translated as ‘mountain holds back’. And its large rock ‘Kubirri’ is said to have helped the tribe when visited by an evil spirit. And now Kubirri holds the spirits away. This is just one of the magnificent tales you’ll learn along with an extraordinary trek, along with the intoxicating swim at this famous destination.
In embracing the customs and legend since childhood, your amazing tour guide, Juan, will share some of the incredible heritage of his timeless people. You’ll not only embark on a walking extravaganza through some of the most world renowned and magnificent rainforests on the planet, but take home a wealth of its mysterious knowledge too! You’ll see the panoramic Snapper Island in the distance, and though it looks like a sleeping crocodile, you’ll hear that the Kuku Yalanji people think of it as a dog with its tail cut off by an axe-woman! You’ll taste tree almonds after cracking open their seeds, and scrub your hands with Silver wattle, known as bush soap! Trek with the tribal spirits protecting you as Juan shares the secrets of natural medicine, where Morning Glory eases irritation rashes, and a green ant paste soothes a flu or unsettled tummy!
Exact pick up time will be advised at the time of booking
January - December
Excludes Christmas and New Years Day
Full Day Tour: 8-9 hours
Half Day Tour: 5-6 hours
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
For a full refund, cancellation must take place outside 24 hours of the departure