Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas
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Experience the Daintree Rainforest and Australia's rich Aboriginal culture on this full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques on Cooya Beach with an indigenous guide, then visit the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Gain insight into Australia's indigenous heritage and marvel at the natural beauty of the Rainforest at Mossman Gorge, with two options for the afternoon: Guided walk through the World Heritage rainforest; or upgrade to the Ngadiku Walk with an Aboriginal guide who shares Dreamtime stories and deep knowledge of the land. Throughout the day, enjoy a hands-on experience on this small-group tour limited to 16 participants.
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In Brief

Location:
Cairns, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Small group ensures personal service
Led by a local guide
Lunch included
Popular choice with kids
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Queensland 4873 Australia

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Mayi Cafe at Mossman Gorge. Experience a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country smoking ceremony. Book either: guided rainforest walk in Mossman Gorge rainforest with your driver guide, OR Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk in Mossman Gorge with an experienced Aboriginal guide. Select your choice upon booking.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk, Bougainvillea St, Cooya Beach, Queensland Australia

2 hour coastal and cultural walk. The traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people has three diverse ecosystems: beach, mangrove and coastal reef. A member of the Kubirri Warra clan will introduce you to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques. Any catch of crabs, mussels and fish is cooked up to share with homemade damper on the shore of Cooya Beach.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach
  • Local knowledgeable guide
  • Two-hour coastal and cultural walk
  • Lunch
  • Mossman Gorge Rainforest
  • Entry/Admission - Mossman Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note, pick up from a selection of hotels in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas is
available - contact the operator after booking to confirm your closest pickup location.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point :
Port Douglas: 5:30pm
Cairns: 6:30pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants are not recommended
  • Tour size - Minimum 4, Maximum 16 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No refund will be given if the itinerary is altered due to weather conditions
  • Please bring sun protection, insect repellant and a bottle of water.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.77 out of 5 based on the last 22 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2018
Wow quite amazed!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
Riding the train up and taking the skyway back is the way to go. Amazing sights.
• Submitted 27 Dec 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.
• Submitted 27 Mar 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.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2017
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!!!
• Submitted 07 Oct 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.
• Submitted 03 Aug 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 !!
• Submitted 05 Mar 2016
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.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2015
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!
• Submitted 20 Dec 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.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2014
Great day!
• Submitted 02 Jul 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.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2014
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
• Submitted 08 Jan 2013
Was an awesome day out. The guide was fantastic, and all the activities are a lot of fun. Great value for money. Was the best day of my holiday.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2012
Spear-hunting was really great! Though we did not get to catch anything, Brandon did catch a reef shark and a stingray. It was amazing to see his fishing skills, and how easy he made it look! Going through the mangroves, we picked up some shells and he showed us which ones were good to eat or not. It was really interesting to learn about traditional hunting and way of live. Definitely recommended! You'll get wet but you'll love it!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2011
The mangrove walk was so much fun, everyone ended up covered in mud from slipping and sliding over the tree roots. The brothers were funny and welcoming and it was interesting to see how they have combined modern life with the old traditions of the tribe. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat, but make sure I wear shorts next time not a sundress!
• Submitted 01 Feb 2010
Fabulous tour and great tour guide
• Submitted 03 Dec 2016
We enjoyed the tour,will recommend to our freinds
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
This tour is a definite. Whether you are an Aussie who thinks they know a thing or two about the Aboriginal culture or whether you are a full blood tourist. My tour favoutrite parts of the tour where the art class at Janbal and the hunting with Brandon (I do hope I spelt this right) in the mangroves. The things I learnt made me realize just how different each group of Aboriginals are from each other. Just be careful that you read and ring to confirm the itinerary. What I read on the net via viator and what actually happened were a little different but still a great and worth while day.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2013
Very nice experience. We caught mud crabs and found mussels - we had a lot of fun in the mud. Beeing in the art galery and painting by our own was good as well. I would have love to spent a bit more time with the Aboriginals.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2011
I found the Aboriginal Daintree Rainforest Tour to be very interesting. The guide was terrific - it was just a pity that us 'city slickers' didn't do much crab catching. I began to wonder if they just waited for the guide!! We would have starved if it had been up to us!! The tasting of our catch was great - and the damper and muffins were the best. I will be trying damper and golden syrup from now on! Was all very worthwhile.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2010

In Brief

Location:
Cairns, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Small group ensures personal service
Led by a local guide
Lunch included
Popular choice with kids

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