Cairns & Port Douglas
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3 Day 4WD Cooktown Daintree Bama Dreamtime
Departing from Cairns & Port Douglas
Walk with Aboriginal traditional owners and learn about coastal survival skills. Explore the ancient Daintree rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Venture along the 4WD Bloomfield track and gain an insight into Aboriginal community life. Discover the history of Cooktown and explore ancient Rock Art galleries with Aboriginal guides at Normanby Station.
Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas this cultural journey traverses the pristine mountains and beaches of the Daintree extending to the tropical savannah and sandstone escarpments of Cape York.
Your ﬁrst taste of local indigenous culture is at Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) the traditional ﬁshing grounds for the local Aboriginal people the Kuku Yalanji. Join Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners the Walker Family on a coastal walk for a hands on cultural experience. Discover how to use a spear and collect a variety of food and medicine amongst the pristine tidal lagoons and mangrove mudﬂats. Enjoy morning tea on the beach whilst tasting freshly gathered food.
Your cultural journey continues to Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park. Take a guided rainforest walk through the spectacular gorge. Discover the unique ﬂora and fauna of the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River (conditions permitting).
From Mossman Gorge continue towards Wundu (Thorntons Peak) the highest mountain in the Daintree region and a highly sacred place for the Kuku Yalanji. A ferry crossing over the mighty Daintree River allows access to the ancient tropical rainforest of the Daintree National Park.
Take an afternoon walk along the awe inspiring beach at Kulki (Cape Tribulation).Enjoy a delicious restaurant style dinner before spending the night under the canopy of a tropical rainforest in resort style accommodation.
Day 1 included meals (L,D)
Accommodation Ferntrees Rainforest Resort
Cape Tribulation is the ideal place to enjoy a tropical breakfast.
The cultural journey continues on a picturesque drive along the 4WD Bloomﬁeld Track. Enjoy the surrounds of the tropical rainforest before being guided by Kuku Yalanji traditional owners to the pristine beaches, waterfalls and rainforest surrounding the community of Wujal Wujal. Learn about Aboriginal community life and how the Kuku Yalanji still live a semi traditional lifestyle on their homelands of the reef and rainforest. Visit Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre to gain an understanding of local Indigenous contemporary art styles.
After lunch continue to the historic Lions Den Hotel for a refreshing drink and an insight into the pioneering history of the region. Journey over the Annan River the tribal boundary for the Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji before arriving at the coastal hamlet of Cooktown.
Explore the town highlights including Grassy Hill lookout, James Cook museum and historic buildings. Witness a memorable sunset on the waterfront before enjoying dinner and comfortable accommodation.
Day 2 included meals (B,L,D)
Accommodation The Sovereign Resort, Cooktown
A Wharfe drive is the best way to begin a day in Cooktown.
Today the journey heads west to Normanby Station in Balgnarrawarra Country. With its sandstone escarpments and woodland savannah this area was a crucial place for the survival of Aboriginal people with plenty of water, food and rock shelters. Discover rarely seen mysterious and spiritual rock art as you are guided by an Indigenous Traditional Owner. Learn how the Balngarrawarra are keeping their culture alive. Hear astonishing stories handed down the generations. Discover traditional bush food and medicine whilst enjoying morning tea amongst a bush setting.
From Normanby Station the journey returns to Cooktown for lunch. Discover some of Cookstown’s less known sites such as the beaches and bird ﬁlled billabongs. Visit the mysterious Kalkajaka (Black Mountain) before the return journey via the inland Mulligan Highway.
This 3 day cultural journey offers three unique and genuine Indigenous experiences with Aboriginal Traditional Owners on their homelands. It highlights the cultural diversity of the Bama with the backdrop of pristine tropical rainforest, beaches, waterfalls and rock-art galleries.
Day 3 included meals (B,L)
My paintings are inspired from the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. This is my homeland. My people and stories belong here.
Brian “Binna” Swindley
- Aboriginal Coastal Survival Interpretive Walk
- Aboriginal Rock Art Interpretive Walk
- Aboriginal Waterfall and Community Experience
- Daintree Rainforest (Mossman Gorge/Cape Tribulation)
- 2 nights accommodation (usually Ferntree Resort Cape Tribulation/Sovereign Resort Cooktown)
- Cooktown town tour
- Meals (3 x lunch 2 x dinner 2 x breakfast)
- Lions Den historic pub
- 4WD Bloomfield Track
- Return accommodation transfers (Ex Cairns/Port Douglas)
Approx. 5 kilometres per day
What to Bring
- Water Bottle
- Small Overnight Bag
- Torch (flashlight)
- Suitable walking shoes
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