Aboriginal Cultural Tours & Attractions in the Cairns Region

A visit to Cairns and north Queensland Australia is not complete without taking an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about these peoples ancient ancestral pasts and the secrets that each individual tribe in each location holds onto with regards to their use of the surrounding forests bush medicines, their individual tribes everyday way of life, their unique Aboriginal dreamtime stories and learn their ways to hunt for food and shelter in their Cairns Region ancestral grounds.

Over many centuries the Aboriginal people have learnt to live with the tropical seasons in Cairns and prosper from the plentiful bounties Mother Nature supplies to the earth for all to live naturally without relying on processed foods and chemicals and even permanent shelter from the tropical climate.

Aboriginal Culture in Cairns

A visit to Cairns and north Queensland Australia is not complete without taking an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about these peoples ancient ancestral pasts and the secrets that each individual tribe in each location holds onto with regards to their use of the surrounding forests bush medicines, their individual tribes everyday way of life, their unique Aboriginal dreamtime stories and learn their ways to hunt for food and shelter in their Cairns Region ancestral grounds.

Over many centuries the Aboriginal people have learnt to live with the tropical seasons in Cairns and prosper from the plentiful bounties Mother Nature supplies to the earth for all to live naturally without relying on processed foods and chemicals and even permanent shelter from the tropical climate.

The Aboriginals have found ways to cook and eat normally poisonous roots and berries, they have found the nutritional values in all the flora and fauna around them and they have learnt about the natural healing and medicinal properties these plants provide for them. As far as the Aboriginal people are concerned every single living thing on the beach and in the rainforests has a purpose and they have found ways on how to utilise them for their tribe's survival.

Each and every Aboriginal tribe in the Cairns and north Queensland region have their own tribal secrets about the flora and fauna which the elders hold close to their hearts, they also have unique stories to tell about their ancestors as some tribes were coastal tribes and others were rainforest or outback tribes. These tribes did not come together very often and marriages or unions were only allowed if the intendeds were from tribes that were from opposite moieties.

Attention Australian Men

Please note you Aussie blokes, Indigenous Australians have a "Mother In Law Rule".  This rule actually applies to both the daughter in law and the son in law for the sake of peace amongst all families.

The Aboriginal mother in law is not to be spoken to directly by either the son in law or the daughter in law. They are to use their children or other tribe members to pass on messages so that there can be no potential for any disagreements.

How's that for the perfect answer to your intermarriage problems?

North from Cairns you can visit an Aboriginal Cultural Park for a soft introduction to the Aboriginal way of life and have a go at throwing a woomera, throwing a boomerang and a spear and even having a go at playing the didgeridoo.

Watch a bit of theatre acting where the Aborigines tell their story thru a play with music and storytelling to keep you entertained. Watch movies with headsets that provide commentary in all languages on the history and culture of the Australian Aboriginal people. This Aboriginal Cultural Park tells you the story about the Tjapukai rainforest people that used to live and hunt on this very piece of traditional land.

Visiting the park at night also gives you another perspective on the Aboriginal way of life as the darkness offers up the mysterious elements for the Quinkan Spirit Dance and fire making show where Aboriginals dress up as these dreamtime spirits and surround you in the darkness.

Hunt with Cooya Beach Port Douglas Aborigines

If you want to experience the real deal and see where the ocean dwelling Aboriginals find food and shelter then you need to spend a day with the Walker brothers Linc and Brandon otherwise known in Aboriginal names as the Kubirri Warra brothers and they will show you the Kuku Yalanji way of living and preservation of their fertile ancestral lands.

They will show you how to spearfish and find giant Daintree Mussels in the murky Mangroves, they will show you the flora and fauna they use to brush their teeth, exfoliate their skin or heal tropical lesions. You will leave these Port Douglas Aboriginals hopefully with a new sense of appreciation about the simplistic and important things in life and hopefully a new focus on the here and now and also the importance of the need to fight for the preservation of our natural environment for future generations.

Here you have the opportunity to meet the awe inspiring custodians of the Bloomfield Falls rainforest region You will see some of the most spectacular scenery and learn and listen from the stories of these ancient peoples culture. Sit with them and ask those questions that have been bugging you for years and let your children see another way of life that is so polar apart from their days that are currently being spent tapping away on computers and eating fast food and ordering more plastic junk from China to pollute our skies, rivers and streams.

BloomfieldFalls Walker Family Tours

Aboriginal people that live life the way Aboriginal people have for hundreds of years are happy people, happy for the little things that the rainforest gifts to them and they are the protectors and custodians of our ancient rainforests.

Just 40 minutes outside of Cooktown You will come upon the Aboriginal Art Rock sites of the Nugal-warra and be able to meet with a Nugal-warra elder Willie Gordan of Guurrbi Tours. Here you can visit six ancestral rock art sites including the Reconciliation Cave and an ancestral Birthing site.

Willie Gordon Great Emu Cave

Willie as a Nugal-warra elder is one of only a few Aboriginals that are permitted to tell the stories of his ancestral land and he does it with an infectious smile and slight giggle. He especially loves to teach children about the Aboriginal rock art and the lore's of the land and Aboriginal spirits. This is another of Cairns and Cooktowns mostly highly awarded tourism tours and attractions due to the dedication of these Aboriginal people to showcase their lives and beliefs to people from other nations the world over.

Cairns has some of the best and most accessible Aboriginal attractions for tourists to come and look, hear and learn about.

Learn To Hunt The Traditional Way In Tropical North Queensland | Full Day Tour Suitable For Children

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1 Day | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | ADVNTH - DREAM
  • Departs From: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    Cairns: 10.5 hours approx

    Northern Beaches: 9.5 hours approx

    Port Douglas: 8 hours approx

This is the most immersive and authentic Aboriginal cultural experience you will have in Australia. You get to spend the day hunting and fishing along beautiful Tropical North Queensland beaches with some of the local indigenous tribesmen that have inhabited this region for hundreds of years. See how they have survived and thrived in this harsh environment. Learn about their culture, bush foods and bush medicines. Be part of the smoke welcome ceremony and take a stroll thru ancestral lands and listen to the tales of days gone by. A fascinating day tour for all ages

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Haunting sounds of the didgeridoo in the rainforest darkness

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Magical Night Time Dinner in Daintree Rainforest
  • Departs From: Cairns, Palm Cove and Cairns Beaches
  • Duration:

    Aboriginal Cultural Experience: 7:30pm to 10:30pm (excluding transfer time)
    Rainforest Dining Experience: 7:330pm to 10:00pm (excluding transfer time)

Adding to the drama of the evening two Aboriginal brothers share some of their culture and story telling for the dinner guests along with some didgeridoo playing and singing. Hear about their relatives past history and how the Mowbray region has a lot of importance to the past of the Kuku Yalanji people that used to gather here for funerals, tribal wars, cultural exchange, and story telling. At the end of the evening you will have the chance to talk with the brothers and also have your photographs taken to remember the evening.

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Half Day Aboriginal Cultural Tour Form Cooktown

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$99.00

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Half Day | Rainbow Serpent Tour | April to November | GUUTOUR
  • Departs From: Cooktown
  • Duration:

    5.5 hours

    4 hours if self driving

Again Aboriginal Tribal elder Willie Gordon will have you in his spell as he shows you his ancestral lands and tells you of the tales of survival during times of feast or famine in Tropical North Queensland. The Aboriginals understand you need to look after the land and the land looks after you. Nature and humans in balance. Listen to his tales told by his tribes from hundreds of years before. Learn about the bush foods and bush medicines they learnt to survive and thrive on. A great immersive Aboriginal cultural tour in Cooktown Queensland Australia

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$99.00

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Mossman Gorge North Queensland Tour

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$90.00

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Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk Tour | From Cairns & Port Douglas | BTS CMGDW / MGDW
  • Departs From: Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    From Cairns: 9 hours

    From Palm Cove: 8.5 hours

    From Port Douglas: 4 hours

Departing from Port Douglas at 8.15am we head out on our half day tour to beautiful Mossman Gorge with only 15 guests in our comfortable coaches and with our personal tour guide. You will be met on arrival by an Aboriginal elder who will perform the traditional smoking ceremony to ward off and cleanse any spirits before entering the depths of the rainforest. You now have permission to enter Kuku Yalanji land where you will learn about Aboriginal culture & traditions. Then it's time for billy tea and damper and a swim in the cool mountain waters of Mossman Gorge A great ending to a half day tour

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$90.00

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1 Day Aboriginal Cultural Tour | Visit Mossman Gorge In Tropical North Queensland

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1 Day Tour | Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | Crocodile Spotting | TH 2
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  • Duration:

    10 hours (approx)

Beautiful Mossman Gorge is the place to go for a 1.5 hour spiritual walk thru the ancient rainforest with an Aboriginal tribal elder to see places of significance and to learn all about the culture of these rainforest people. Then it is time to sit and relax and enjoy a billy tea and damper with your guide where he can answer any questions you may have. Silky Oaks Lodge is your lunch venue on the river side where you will enjoy a nice fresh caught Barramundi lunch or an alternative for the non seafood eaters. Next up is a Daintree River cruise thru this fragile environment to spot birds, salt water crocodiles and many more interesting things that your river guide will point out to you Enjoy a short but sweet historical tour of Port Douglas before your journey back to Cairns & the Northern Beaches

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$191.00

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Visit Mossman Gorge | 1 Day Tour Ex Cairns & Port Douglas

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$230.00

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1 Day | Aboriginal Cultural Tour | ADVNTH - DREAM
  • Departs From: Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    Cairns: 10.5 hours approx

    Northern Beaches: 9.5 hours approx

    Port Douglas: 8 hours approx

This really is a totally immersive day tour into the real lives of our rainforest Aboriginals of Tropical North Queensland as you get to walk and hunt with them on the beaches of the Daintree National Park for Daintree mussels, mud crabs and fresh fish. Then it's off to a welcome to the country ceremony & a guided tour thru the rainforest of Mossman Gorge the ancestral home. Feel free to take a swim in these crystal clear waters in a private swimming hole and then off to lunch at the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. Guests say this is the best cultural experience they have ever been on as it is genuine and embracing.

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$230.00

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Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Duration:

    9:00am - 5:00pm

If you are looking for an Aboriginal Cultural experience a little closer to Cairns then here is your opportunity to see a world class performance of genuine Aboriginal people proudly showing you how to throw a Boomerang or a Woomera and how to play the Didgeridoo. The park is filled with interactive experiences of the ancient dreamtime and you can join in on a corroboree and fire making ceremonies. enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch with native foods whilst being entertained by Torres Strait Islanders. Enhance your day and try your hand at making Aboriginal souvenirs and jewellery. A lot of fun for the whole family.

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$62.00

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Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Night | Night Fire
  • Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
  • Duration:

    7:00pm - 9:30pm

Aboriginal entertainment by "Night Fire". Follow the Aboriginal elders to a corroboree ceremony where you will hear stories about the Rainbow Serpent and listen to traditional language songs that are sung as a fire ball blasts into the sky making everyone's heart race and jaws drop. Listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo in the distance and watch the cultural performers dance as though they are possessed by the spirit. Enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner all the while listening and learning and being entertained by these ancient customs of the rainforest peoples.

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$123.00

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1 Day Kuranda Tour | Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience At Rainforestation Nature Park | Departs Cairns Daily

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$85.00

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Kuranda Coach Day Tour | Wildlife | Aboriginal Culture | TW | R1B-RIBL/434-434L
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  • Duration:

    8.25 hours (approx)

Now this is a fun day tour enjoy some time in the rainforest village of Kuranda and also enjoying some time in one of Cairns most popular Aboriginal Cultural parks where you will meet the Pamagirri people , ride in an Army Duck around the rainforest, creeks and dams and you can even cuddle a koala and have your photo taken holding it gently

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$85.00

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Learn To Throw A Boomerang | Cultural Combo Tour | Full Day

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$149.00

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Cultural Combo - Cairns & Tjapukai | CDT
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    Full Day Tour 

    9:00am Beaches returns 5:30pm

    8:15am Cairns returns 6:00pm

See the highlights and attractions of Cairns and immerse yourself on a cultural journey with a visit to the multi award winning Aboriginal Cultural Park Tjapukai

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$149.00

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Luxurious Accommodation amongst the Rainforest - Canopy Bayans at Daintree Ecolodge & Spa

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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa Resort

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is one of the leading Eco Lodges in the world, providing a sustainable and luxurious rainforest retreat. Indulge in a treatment at the Daintree Spa where modern techniques combined with ancient Aboriginal treatments are combined for a lasting sense of wellbeing.  Viw our Aboriginal Rainforest Cultural Packages.  In harmony with Nature, in the essence of Nurture, in respect of Culture.

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Sandpiper Suite at Thala Beach Lodge

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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Relax in private treehouse surrounded by Rainforest with access to a private beach - Thala Beach Lodge offers luxurious eco friendly retreats with many inclusions. View our 4 Night "Wild Stories" Package including an enchanting coastal walk visiting Dreatime sites with a local Aboriginal family.

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View from the Second Floor - Castaways Resort Mission Beach

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$115.00

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Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

Castaways Mission Beach offers beachfront accommodation lined with Palm Trees and a great Beachfront Restaurant & Spa.  Enjoy a 3 Night Indigenous Adventure Package including an Indigenous Guided Kayak Tour, Daily Breakfast and a Dinner.  

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Bungalow style accommodation at Mungumby Lodge Cooktown

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Mungumby Lodge Cooktown

Experience a wilderness retreat 25 minutes from Cooktown in which you can imerse yourself in the rainforest and Aboriginal culture. From Mungumby Lodge travel to Laura to view Queensland's most famous Aboriginal Rock Art and to Wujal Wujal 45 minutes from Mungumby. 

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