This is one of the most intimate and authentic Aboriginal Tour experiences in Tropical North Queensland. A cultural journey taking you from coast to rainforest experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture.
The Kuku Yalanji people of Tropical North Queensland will welcome you to their lands on this engaging cultural tour. Learn traditional hunting and gathering skills that are still used today to search for bush tucker for their family at the traditional grounds of Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach).
A short drive is the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. Here you will experience the splendour of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Experience a traditional welcome to country smoking ceremony.
Book either the standard tour that includes an interpretive walk through the ancient rainforest and along the banks of the pristine waters of the Mossman Gorge with our Adventure North Aboriginal guide, or upgrade to the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk with an Aboriginal guide from Mossman Gorge Centre.
Physical Fitness & Mobility Required
This tour is considered Soft Adventure, the Traditional Aboriginal Fishing experience calls for a medium to high level of fitness as guests will be walking across Cooya Beach, through mudflats and wading through coastal waters up to knee height. Guests of low level fitness would be best suited to choose the Aboriginal Art & Culture option.
The Coach used for the Daintree Dreaming Tour has several steps on entry and passengers will board and disembark from the vehicle several times through out the day. The guided walk at Mossman Gorge is considered easy grade and under 1 kilometer return in distance.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our reservations team for advice if you have any concerns about your ability to join this tour.
Departs: Cairns 7:30am, Northern Beaches 8am, Port Douglas 9am
Returns: Cairns 6:15pm, Northern Beaches 5:45pm, Port Douglas 5pm
• Experienced Aboriginal Guide
• Welcome to Country smoking ceremony
• Book either:
- Interpretive Rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge
- Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge
• Lunch at the Mossman Gorge Centre
• 2 hour coast and cultural walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member*
• Homemade Damper
• Return hotel transfers
*Medium to High level of fitness required.
Tour may operate in reverse due to tides at Cooya Beach.
What to bring
Shorts, T-shirt, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera & bottle of water.
Travel with your Adventure North Australia Aboriginal guide to Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu); the traditional hunting ground of the Kuku Yalanji. A member of the Kubirri Warra clan will introduce you to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques as you explore this coastal habitat. Learn traditional hunting and gathering skills that are still used today to search for bush tucker for their family.
Continuing on to Mossman Gorge at the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land.
A delicious lunch infused with local flavours is served in the Mossman Gorge Centre at the edge of the rainforest. You will also have time to explore the gallery and its artworks from prominent and emerging local artists.
Wander into the lush rainforest, the traditional home of the Kuku Yalanji people. Experience one of the world's oldest and most beautiful rainforests with your guide.
Choose to book either:
Mossman Gorge with Aboriginal driver-guide: An easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges that protect the delicate ecosystem that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and diverse ecosystem. Enjoy this guided interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest and along the banks of the pristine waters of Mossman Gorge.
Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk:
Join an Aboriginal guide from the Mossman Gorge Centre on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk. The walk meanders through stunning Rainforest and passes traditional huts or humpies while your guide provides an enchanting narrative of the Rainforest and the Kuku Yalanji’s special relationship with this unique environment.
Return to the coach for your transfer back to your accommodation after a unique day of cultural discovery.
Note: Itinerary can operate in reverse due to tides at Cooya Beach.
The tour was absolutely fantastic start to finish. Exceeded expectations. Truly a highlight of our three week tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Susie Allen, USA
I thoroughly enjoyed the day! I like wading with a spear looking for crabs. Linc Walker was an excellent guide, as was Hugh. I also enjoyed the Dreamtime Stories.
Best Tour of our Australia Experience. The Daintree Dreaming Tour was a highlight of our two weeks in Australia. Emma was wonderful, personable, knowledgeable, and so much fun! She took us on an adventure we will never forget. Brandon Walker took us to hunt crabs, spear rays pick periwinkles in mangroves and even cooked them up for us in his parents’ kitchen. We sat on their porch, traipsed through their home and experienced their warm hospitality. The perfect Australian trip!