We can be the orchestrator of the magic you’d love to see, by tailoring your very own private charter, personalised Aboriginal cultural tour!
Choose to sightsee in the glorious ancient realms of the Daintree, while your extraordinary guide, Juan, takes you on an indigenous adventure of custom and legend! When making a choice north of the Daintree River, you’ll see the lush emerald forests and pristine beaches of Cape Tribulation.
You may also enjoy the idea of crocodile spotting on a wildlife cruise here. South of the river, a wondrous aboriginal cultural tour might spark your interest, with a spear hunting presentation in the mangroves and find out how to spot and catch a Giant mud-crab for lunch!
Juan will infuse your day with the rich stories, fascinating heritage, and the astonishing utilizing of plants for food and medicine by his Kuku Yalanji people. He’ll also cook up any seafood caught for lunch in a delicious traditional dish with herbs, spices and coconut, to accompany your paw-paw and passionfruit feast!
The day is yours so please let us know what is important to you and we will tailor a private charter Aboriginal cultural tour to suit
With a wondrous journey north of the Daintree River, you’ll embark on a sightseeing adventure that encompasses ancient, breathtaking beauty and indigenous legend steeped into every tree, plant, river and prehistoric boulder! The Kuku Yalanji people have been custodians of the land for over 500,000 years, and they’ll be a tale to accompany each choice you explore. Whether you’d like to discover pristine, tropical beaches, hidden waterfalls, and explore the wonder of a crocodile spotting cruise. Or indulge in some wildlife and bird watching, rainforest trek, and swimming at crystal-clear waterholes, your friendly and tribal rainforest guide, Juan, will enhance this day with an unforgettable unravelling of mysterious culture, and welcoming personable experience with each site you visit.
As you first enter the realms of the Daintree; oldest jungle known to man, it will seem as though you’ve entered a Jurassic world. And the truth is, you have. The forest you’ve chosen to explore is estimated at around 150-180 million years old! And as you step onto a walking track with 40m gargantuan trees, and the melodic echo of songbirds and whispering rivers, you’ll see why this place is steeped in legend. The rocks, creeks, wildlife, and plants are all very much a part of the Kuku Yalanji people’s heritage, and are utilised in both tribal stories and practical purpose. With an understanding of weather patterns and tides, you’ll learn that these people are great fisherman in a land of abundant catch. Why? Because when you walk the ancient paths on the Daintree, you’re also in the only place where two world heritage listed icon meet; the ocean you see just happens to be the Great Barrier Reef!
When choosing to head further north on a tailor-made adventure, you’ll endeavor to some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Driving into Cape Tribulation, the terrain will unfold before you in a rich plethora of rolling valleys, sublime beaches and pristine rainforest, all cusped by a semi-circle of mountain peaks. This stunning coastal haven leads to the famed Bloomfield Track; an untouched wilderness teeming with rare wildlife and dazzling beauty. Your amazing tribal guide, Juan, will share some of his favourite places – the kind that you’ll embrace too. Among the rainforest archways, what could be more memorable than uncovering cascading waterfalls and freshwater creeks, with the opportunity to immerse yourself in these glistening waters for a luxurious swim? Or a delicious picnic on the riverbank, as you birdwatch and keep lookout for weird and wondrous creatures?
It’s easy to imagine, while travelling through the ancient domain of the Daintree, how dinosaurs once roamed amongst the towering trees and goliath plants. This ancient jungle is so rare in its formation, it not only boasts a plant that was thought to have become extinct over a decade ago, but the Idiospermum has been part of the forest for over 150 million years. And once you step onto a Daintree River cruise, you may just see a few other living artifacts; namely, the Saltwater crocodile! As you meander on the stream with a guided presentation, you’re likely to spot this living legend sunning itself on the banks. These creatures are known to grow 5m long, but have been reported to reach up to 6-7 metres in these parts! And since there’s different 10 species here that are found nowhere else in the world, keep your eye out for a water dragon, or 2m rainbow-plumed cassowary on your wondrous cruise!
As you drive, walk, and swim in the magnificent primeval realms of the Daintree, they’ll be the rich treat of world renowned sightseeing, and many a legend to accompany each site you see. On the coastal road from Port Douglas, you’ll spot Snapper Island on the horizon. It may look like a lazing crocodile, but to the Kuku Yalanji people, it is in fact a dog with its tail cut off by an axe-wielding woman! Your personalised day will include many fascinating legends like this one, and plenty of riveting cultural facts too. You’ll find it astounding to know these tribal people have their own sign language; which works a treat when hunting and silence is called for! When choosing north of the Daintree for your tour, you’re not just embarking on the kind of majestic scenery that will stay with you a lifetime, but an ancient wisdom to enhance your memories too.
North of the Daintree is predominately about sightseeing and wrapping the places you view in accompanying tribal legend. And when choosing south of the Daintree Rainforest, you’ll experience a more hands-on, interactive cultural extravaganza. From tropical beaches to fringing mangroves, and from galleries to indigenous presentations, the offering of activities is practically limitless. You could opt to have your lunch caught, take away an ochre painting as a souvenir, swim in crystal-clear waterholes, and learn about all about local indigenous stories, customs, and even factual uses in the forest for food and medicine! Not to mention the world famous scenery and mesmerizing terrain in which you’ll experience this tailor-made tour. Quite literally, the choice of magic is yours, and the options never run out!
Your glorious trek will take you to the stunning shores of Wonga and Cooya Beach. And set on the palm-fringed golden sand, you’ll wade into balmy ocean waters to try your hand at tribal custom spear fishing! Watch your expert guide, Juan, as he focuses beneath the calm waves and lands a possible shark in front of your eyes. Or perhaps it’s you who’ll bring in a lucky catch! You’ll then be led to the heart of the mangroves; a woodland of beach forest that grows from the surrounding estuaries. These water jungles are rich with life, as you’ll find when you go hunting for Pipis (shellfish) and be shown how to catch a Giant mud-crab! Once you’ve collected a cornucopia of seafood, Juan will invite you to the family home, where he’ll prepare your delicious bounty for a traditional lunch with herbs, coconut, damper drizzled in golden syrup, and an array of tropical fruits!
Since the Kuku Yalanji are harmonious and spiritual custodians of a vast fan of Far North Queensland, there is little in the way of destination that doesn’t include a beautiful affiliation with this tribe and their stories. By embarking on a cultural tour today, you’ll have a choice of many superb and historical sites. Your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Juan, will choose these scenic habitats based on weather, tides, and how to best enhance your other tour choices. You may find yourself passing the coastal town of Port Douglas on a drive to arrive at the stunning panorama of Yule Point. Where you’ll not only hear some riveting local legend, but be awed by the stunning sand swirls and vision of the Great Barrier Reef. They’ll also be rivers, waterfalls, townships and wildlife to explore as the balmy wind and fascinating heritage sweeps you along.
For those who love a fusion of ancient culture and modern heritage, you may choose to visit eye-catching indigenous galleries and intricate markets as part of your tour. The rainforest and coastal townships of Mossman and Port Douglas come alive on weekends with a bustling festival of colour and treats. The iconic Port Markets showcase the heart of this picturesque town, with local art, jewellery, clothing and a rule that all must be handcrafted. You can even pick up some tempting treats in the way of home-cooked toffee and frozen fruit ice-sticks. And there is simply not a more beautiful backdrop than the surrounding inlet. Likewise Mossman markets, which are held under towering Raintrees and come alive with weekend vibrancy in an array of cake stalls, children’s gifts, and the best in herbs, spices and rare local produce. Ever tried a fruit that tastes like chocolate or vanilla custard?
Iconic, otherworldly, stunning and magical; these are words that will come to mind when you step into this million year old rainforest. Mossman Gorge is an absolute lavish feast for the eyes and senses. You’ll see a fairytale-like evergreen of vast trees and lush plant-life. And the ambient forest music you hear in the way of songbirds and billowing rapids, means you’re only a short trek away from submerging in the iridescent waters. With a mountain peak of legend overlooking the gorge, where the rock holds back unfriendly spirits, look around in protected and mesmeric awe. While wading in the cool streams, you’ll be moved by the sheer emerald of the moss-covered boulders, ancient woodland, and orchestra of thriving wildlife. And on your guided tour at Mossman Gorge, you won’t find the extraordinary myth and tales hard to believe, after absorbing the spellbinding brilliance of its surrounding nature.
After catching a Giant mud-crab with a spear, and eating delicious almonds from a tree, you’ll gain your own harmonious relationship with this world famous habitat. Not to mention a healthy love for the scenery you’ll encounter. Yet the magic of this tour is not just taking home an unforgettable view of the far north, but its rich offering of indigenous custom. The tropics are a provider of beauty and practicality, as you’ll see when you scrub your hands with Silver wattle, otherwise known as bush-soap. The Kuku Yalanji also use a green-ant paste to heal a flu, and the sap of a milky pine will drug freshwater fish for an easier catch. With tales of spirits, culture, and natural knowledge dating back 500,000 years, you’ll see the importance of keeping the tribal heritage alive. And perhaps one of the most uplifting lessons you’ll take away with you is the words ‘Jawun Jawun’ meaning ‘friend’.
January - December
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