Indigenous 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.
 
Ideas to get you started:
  • Take up a spear and hunt the mangroves of Cape Tribulation for the freshest seafood grub.
  • Listen to the stories behind the Indigenous art found in the region’s National Parks from an interpretive guide .
  • Go walkabout on extended tours of the culturally significant Indigenous sites, where you can find and prepare bush tucker and learn traditional skills.
  • Celebrate Indigenous culture at the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every August and the biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

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Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes by coach from Cairns and five minutes away from Kuranda Village.

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.

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 provides 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.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$9.50 - 9.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.

Milbi Wall (The Story Wall)

Cooktown, Cook Area
To acknowledge the significance of the first known European contact with the Aboriginal people of the area, Cook Shire Council decided to have a Memorial to tell from an Aboriginal point of view. Council invited local Aboriginal people to tell their story in ceramic tiles and build a Story Wall right at the spot where, in 1770, Captain James Cook and his crew first set foot.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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