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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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.

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.

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.

Mandingalbay Yidinji Ecocultural Tours

Cairns, Cairns Area
Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours is 100 per cent owned and operated by the Mandingalbay Yidinji People. Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours launched in 2015 following negotiations with the Queensland State Government Department of Parks, Sports and Racing to undertake commercial tours within Grey Peaks National Park.

Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park

Lake Eacham, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
A serene blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest, Lake Eacham in part of Crater Lakes National Park. Take a refreshing dip and then relax in the shade, or wander along the viewing decks for uninterrupted water views.

Nganyaji Interpretive Centre

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Opened in 2002 the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre is about the lives of the local indigenous people, the Jirrbal. The Jirrbal constructed bush material shelters in the rain forest and as there was permanent food and water did not go "walkabout" as did the inland aboriginals.

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.

Great Tropical Drive

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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.

Savannah Way

Multiple Locations
Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

Mulga Bicycle Tours

Multiple Locations
Safe, serene and stress-free, Mulga Bicycle Tours offers guided fully supported small-group bicycle tours. Bask in the beautiful scenery, savour delicious food and wine, discover unforgettable stories and relax in top-notch accommodation.
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