Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Culture

Australia’s Indigenous cultures converge and flourish in Tropical North Queensland. You’ll find both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures thriving throughout the region and in remote and rural communities in Tropical North Queensland.

How to connect with culture

With the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and other gorgeous landscapes as your backdrop, gain a new perspective and learn about the traditional techniques and cultural stories held by the Indigenous people of Tropical North Queensland.

Learn to spear hunt in the mangroves of Cape Tribulation and gather the freshest seafood grub. Or, listen to the stories behind the Indigenous art found in the region’s National Parks from an interpretive guide.

You can go walkabout on extended tours of the culturally significant Indigenous sites, where you can find and prepare bush tucker and learn traditional skills.

You can also join in celebrations across the region to celebrate Indigenous culture. Head to the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every August and the biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival or Winds of Zenadth Festival.

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$62 - 123
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through two very unique experiences known to many as "Tjapukai By Day" and "Tjapukai By Night", each distinctly different.

Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Walkabout Cultural Adventures is a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated tour company, providing the opportunity to spend the day with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting a number of culturally significant sights and local attractions between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation including the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest.

Flames Of The Forest

Multiple Locations
Experience food for the soul... Australia’s only rainforest dining experience, tucked away in a fairy tale pocket of natural beauty, Flames of the Forest is a world away from the everyday. Feel the wonder of this legendary place and transport yourself you into a world beyond your imagination so uplifting and relaxing for your soul you will never want to leave.

Green Island National Park

Green Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This small rainforest-clad coral cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular destinations. A true coral cay, it was formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef.

Lax Charters and Tours

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Experience the real Torres Strait in an intimate guided tour of Thursday Island, the 'hub' of the Torres Strait. Known to the locals simply as 'TI', Thursday Island is home to some of Australia's richest history.

Great Tropical Drive

Multiple Locations
Explore palm-fringed beaches, ancient rainforests and the golden outback on a self-drive tour taking in the highlights of North Queensland. With 26 different routes to follow, the Great Tropical Drive takes you to some of Australia's best-known tropical attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and the Undara Lava Tubes.

Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Emerging from the rainforest canopy and a culture spanning countless generations, the work of Girringun artists is attracting a lot of attention. The stories and environments of this ancient culture are being transformed into visual images and designs by weavers, painters, potters, textile artists and makers of traditional objects.

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park

Daintree, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Cape Tribulation, in Daintree National Park, is famed for steep rainforested mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Kuku Bulk-Away Art Gallery

Cooktown, Cook Area
Their artist’s inspiration comes from the land and sea country that surrounds them. Many of the paintings come from stories that the artists were taught as children or of local bush food and animals in their region.

Canopy Arts Centre

Cairns Area
Housed in the Canopy building is Editions Tremblay Print Workshop, a fine art printmaking studio, where artists can work on linocuts, etchings, lithographs, relief printing, screenprints and monoprints with Master Printer Theo Tremblay, a pioneer of collaborative printmaking and publishing of Aboriginal and Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) artists.
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