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Daintree Dreaming Traditional Aboriginal Fishing from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Experience Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and the Daintree Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Meet your local indigenous guide at Cooya Beach to learn traditions of hunting and gathering food supplies, then explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. This small-group tour that has a maximum of 18 participants, ensuring a hands-on experience with your guide. Choose from two afternoon options: a guided hike to a water hole; or upgrade to tour the forest with an Aboriginal guide who shares Dreamtime stories.
  • Experience a 'Welcome to the Country' smoking ceremony by a traditional owner of the land
  • Learn traditional Aboriginal hunting, fishing and gathering techniques with the Kubirri Warra brothers at Cooya Beach
  • Enjoy a morning tea and a lunch that incorporates bush foods and flavors
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures an intimate experience with your guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Travel by air-conditioned coach
Local knowledgeable guide
Two-hour coastal and cultural walk
Mossman Gorge Rainforest
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

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7:30 AM
Please note, pick up from a selection of hotels in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas is available - contact the operator after booking to confirm your closest pickup location. Pickups NOT available from Yorkeys Knob, Machans Beach and Holloway's Beach.
Your guide picks you up from your centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodations in the morning. Drive north in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the landscape around one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads.

When you arrive at Cooya Beach, take an informative walk with one of the Kubirri Warra brothers around their traditional lands. Learn Aboriginal hunting techniques including spear–handling, then observe techniques for tracking fish, mud crabs and mussels in the mangroves. Look for wildlife, try bush tucker (food) and hear about medicinal plants in the area.

The brothers demonstrate the use of certain Aboriginal tools. As you relax on the beach after your walk. Snack on morning tea that includes fresh homemade damper (bread cooked over a campfire), the seafood caught on your walk, and tea or coffee while gazing at the ocean.

After a memorable visit with the Kubirri Warra brothers, continue to nearby Mossman Gorge, located on outskirts of Daintree Rainforest. Experience the ‘welcome to country’ ceremony performed by the traditional owners of the land. The spiritual ceremony provides protection and cleansing for your visit to the Mossman Gorge, the traditional land of the Kuku Yalanji people.

At the Mossman Gorge Centre, have lunch and take a look at the art gallery, which features indigenous artists from across North Queensland and Kuku Yalanji.

Daintree National Park protects one of the world's oldest rainforest — in existence for more than 120 million years. When booking, please choose from one of the following options for your afternoon in Daintree:

Guided Daintree Tour:

Walk through the lush rainforest with your expert guide who will provide informative commentary as you follow sturdy boardwalks, tracks and bridges. Discover the beauty and history of this unique World Heritage environment as you wander through the rainforest and along the banks of the pristine waters of Mossman Gorge. You'll also learn about resident animal and plant life of this biologically rich forest.

Aboriginal Ngadiku Walk:

An experienced indigenous guide shares Aboriginal traditions and culture as you walk together through the rainforest. See traditional huts along private walking trails and learn about the deep relationship between the indigenous peoples and their environment. Your guide demonstrates how to use plants to make soaps, medicine and ochre paint, and how to find identify bush food. Your guide’s stories illuminate the Aboriginal perspective on the land and Dreamtime stories.

Please note: this tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility. A reasonable level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the experience. Tour may operate in reverse due to tides at Cooya Beach.
Stop At:  
Mossman Gorge
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Mayi Cafe at Mossman Gorge. Experience a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country smoking ceremony. Book either: guided rainforest walk in Mossman Gorge rainforest with your driver guide, OR Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk in Mossman Gorge with an experienced Aboriginal guide. Select your choice upon booking.
Duration: 2 hours 
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Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk
2 hour coastal and cultural walk. The traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people has three diverse ecosystems: beach, mangrove and coastal reef. A member of the Kubirri Warra clan will introduce you to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques. Any catch of crabs, mussels and fish is cooked up to share with homemade damper on the shore of Cooya Beach.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants are not recommended
  • Tour size - Minimum 4, Maximum 16 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring sun protection, insect repellant and a bottle of water.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adventure North Australia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Daintree Dreaming Traditional Aboriginal Fishing from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Daintree Dreaming Traditional Aboriginal Fishing from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Daintree Dreaming Traditional Aboriginal Fishing from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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This was a very unique, lively...
Gerald B
, Mar 2018
This was a very unique, lively, informative and fun experience. A romp through the Mongrove swamps and a hike along the ocean beach, all with a spear for catching and cooking a crab and fish lunch, was a very memorable event. Likewise, the one-on-one informal conversations with local Aboriginal peoples and their stories about their heritage were a special avenue for understanding their culture and history.
Riding the train up and taking the...
, Dec 2017
Riding the train up and taking the skyway back is the way to go. Amazing sights.
What an incredible, authentic, full...
, Mar 2017
What an incredible, authentic, full day. Exceeded all of my expectations, and my expectations were high in the first place. First, we were picked up from our airbnb in Cairns. It was a beautiful drive to Daintree, and the entire time our driver Bridgette shared fascinating facts with us about everything from the native people, animals and plants to information about just about everything we passed by. Bridgette was such a kind and intelligent woman! Loved her! Our first destination was the visitors center at mossman gorge in Daintree. We had some snacks, tea and coffee than head into the rainforest where we met our next guide, Skip. Skip was equally passionate and knowledgable. He took us through a beautiful path in the rainforest which is so beautiful you feel like you're in a dream, all the while telling us even more about everything around us, and some fascinating family history. After the walk through the forest, we sat down for some native tea and biscuits while Skip blew all of my minds with a didgeridoo demonstration. I've never heard technique quite like him, he was making sounds with the didgeridoo that I've never heard in my life. It was awesome. Lastly, Bridgette took us to Cooya Beach where we met up with Brandon. Another fantastic, interesting, intelligent man who gave us a short spear tutorial, and than took us through the mangroves to find some food. The group of us speared crab, and fish, found mussels and even gathered snails to be cooked later at Brandon's house. This part of the trip was more physically demanding than I expected, as we eventually found ourselves in somewhat thick areas of the mangrove trees, where you have mud up to your ankles and you have to step over tree roots with a height of anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet above ground. Everyone did great, even the old folks in the group kept up, but I'd be lying if I didn't hear some grumbles not everyone enjoys mud up to their ankles. We than left the trees to walk in the shallow waters and beautiful flat sandy beaches of Cooya back to Brandon's house. He took us inside his home, showed us how to cook everything, and added an extremely tasty blend of spices to what we had gathered from the several hours we spent at the beach. Everything was delicious, and to my surprise, especially the snails. A day, A crew. Small tour company with Aboriginal guides, hugely authentic exciting experience. Thank you to all three of our tour guides for making this tour a day that I'll never forget.
We booked this tour on our first day...
, Jan 2017
We booked this tour on our first day of the Queensland trip and it is a great way to start off the whole trip. We started in the morning with Mossman Gorge, took a walk around and getting in the gorge for a very refreshing swim. Bridget, our guide, was very warm and open to questions. It is amazing how much she knows about the forest, the plants and animals. It is also fascinating to learn about the way aboriginal people uses the environment around them. As Bridget manoeuvres herself through the forest, she tells us about the seemingly random plants around her and the forest all of a sudden comes to life. We walked away with a new understanding and appreciation of the forest, and the aboriginal people. The schedule of the day depends on low tide timings, and we did our crabbing in the afternoon that day. We took an amazing walk through the sea to the mangrove swamps. There are heaps of mosquitoes there, and even with mozzie sprays brought by Bridget, I got like 20 bites. We also got to see the Kubirri Warra brothers in action, catching a giant crab and a stingray, which was let go. On the way back, I was not feeling great due to the mozzie bites so Bridget took us to a pharmacy. We really appreciate it! The trips was very memorable and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the aboriginal culture.
This was one of the best trips we...
, Oct 2016
This was one of the best trips we took!!! We love our Driver/Guide he was just the best and so informative.our Aboriginal guide was wonderful and we loved our time hunting for lunch!! He cooked it up and it was so Delish!! My husband even managed to spear a Crab!!! Would defiantly recommend this trip!!!
I found that the customization of...
Laura F
, Aug 2016
I found that the customization of the tour by our first aboriginal tour guide was quite impressive. I doubt that on any other tour in my life, I will get to taste and smell green ants. Our tour guide who drove us to the Daintree and described a brief history of the aboriginals in the area and the language groups was quite articulate, kind, and open to questions. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Amazing Day !!! Our Tour Guide was...
Marilyn S
, Mar 2016
Amazing Day !!! Our Tour Guide was Wonderful and told us about everything we saw thru out the Day ... Loved hunting for Crabs and walking in mud !! The Rainforest was Very Special . This was a 5 Star day !!
I thought this tour was fantastic...
Barbara H
, Oct 2015
I thought this tour was fantastic. Our guide was an aboriginal woman who was very open when answering questions. First we went out into the water with our spears and one of our group speared a crab - into the bucket it went. We didn't see other crabs but we moved on to various other mussels and clams in the mangroves. We had quite a bucket of food when we headed back. This was cooked and we ate it as a sort of morning tea. I am not big on shellfish and everything was delicious. In addition to what we had caught, he cooked up a fish soup and some fried fish, some bread and some muffins. It was all great. From there we went to the Daintree for a quick lunch - we were running late - and then our guided walk. I was concerned about this because the tour description made a big deal that you needed to be in good shape. That was only partly true. You do need to be steady on your feet and able to walk up and down rock steps but the walk is somewhat leisurely so walking more slowly than others was not an issue. We were shown lots of interesting plants. Back at the visitor center there was an enormous spider but they said it was not poisonous. I highly recommend this tour! It was very informative and well-done.
Fabulous! Spending the day learning...
Kent C H
, Dec 2014
Fabulous! Spending the day learning so much about the Daintree Rainforest and the Aboriginal Indigenous People with wonderful teachers and guides in a small group. A must trip for anyone interested in Aboriginal culture!
This tour was amazing! The guides...
Jessica T
, Oct 2014
This tour was amazing! The guides are incredibly knowledgeable. The tour gives you a really well rounded experience. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
This was so much fun. Our tour...
, Mar 2014
This was so much fun. Our tour guides taught us so much in a fun way. I was bitten head to toe though out the trip in Auz by mosquitoes. When we went for a swim in the special pool, Dean, one of our guides saw the extent of the damage to my body. He then ground up some leaves, mixed it with water and proceeded to let me wash myself in it. The plant mixture makes an antiseptic so that I would not get ill from the bites and it stopped the itching. Next day the bites were nearly gone! We ate freshly cooked crab caught by the group and cooked by our guide and hunter "Link" he also gave us a didgeridoo lesson and interesting facts on his tribe. It was great to be on a tour where you could get down and dirty with the locals. We were allowed to keep the paintings that we did with our art lesson and they now grace our wall. This is a kicked back, must do.
This tour is a definite. Whether you...
Laura B
, Aug 2013
This tour is a definite. Whether you are an Aussie who thinks they know a thing or two about the Aboriginal culture or whether you are a full blood tourist. My tour favoutrite parts of the tour where the art class at Janbal and the hunting with Brandon (I do hope I spelt this right) in the mangroves. The things I learnt made me realize just how different each group of Aboriginals are from each other. Just be careful that you read and ring to confirm the itinerary. What I read on the net via viator and what actually happened were a little different but still a great and worth while day.
This was an amazing tour. We had...
Elizabeth F
, Jan 2013
This was an amazing tour. We had Darryl as our tour guide--can not imagine anyone better. He was raised with the aboriginal culture and knew both our artist and our spear fisherman personally. The tour through the rainforest was fascinating,Link taught us about medicinal plants
Was an awesome day out. The guide...
Adam T
, Aug 2012
Was an awesome day out. The guide was fantastic, and all the activities are a lot of fun. Great value for money. Was the best day of my holiday.
Very nice experience. We caught mud...
Jens S
, Aug 2011
Very nice experience. We caught mud crabs and found mussels - we had a lot of fun in the mud. Beeing in the art galery and painting by our own was good as well. I would have love to spent a bit more time with the Aboriginals.
Spear-hunting was really great! Though...
Patricia P
, Jan 2011
Spear-hunting was really great! Though we did not get to catch anything, Brandon did catch a reef shark and a stingray. It was amazing to see his fishing skills, and how easy he made it look! Going through the mangroves, we picked up some shells and he showed us which ones were good to eat or not. It was really interesting to learn about traditional hunting and way of live. Definitely recommended! You'll get wet but you'll love it!
I found the Aboriginal Daintree...
Helen W
, Aug 2010
I found the Aboriginal Daintree Rainforest Tour to be very interesting. The guide was terrific - it was just a pity that us 'city slickers' didn't do much crab catching. I began to wonder if they just waited for the guide!! We would have starved if it had been up to us!! The tasting of our catch was great - and the damper and muffins were the best. I will be trying damper and golden syrup from now on! Was all very worthwhile.

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