Duration
2 Days

Departing
Mondays

Group Size
14 Max.

 

2 Day Daintree
Art & Survival

Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas

At Cooya Beach Traditional Owners will take you for a hands on experience where you will be taught how to throw a spear and collect a variety of food and medicine amongst the ever –changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. Enjoy the Daintree Rainforest, explore the ancient rainforest.
Learn about how Aboriginal people were able to survive in this piece of paradise. Visit Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery, this is a special place where you will experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling. This unique two day tour takes in the hands on traditional coastal survival experience and blends it with the awe – inspiring ancient rainforest.
You will feel truly connected with the local Aboriginal culture.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1 included meals (L,D)

Day 1

Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas this cultural journey traverses the pristine mountains and beaches of the Daintree region following the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. 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. A picturesque place with the stunning backdrop of the Daintree National Park it is the perfect location to begin your cultural adventure.

Join Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners the Walker Family on a coastal walk for a hands on cultural experience. Experience traditional Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques and learn about the abundance of food and medicine that can be found amongst the diverse eco-systems. 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 at the Walker family home whilst tasting freshly gathered food.

After lunch your cultural journey continues 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 2

Day 2 included meals (B,L)

Day 2

Cape Tribulation is the ideal place to enjoy a tropical breakfast. You will continue this cultural journey on a picturesque drive to the southern section of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge. Take an extended guided rainforest walk through the spectacular gorge to get a true understanding of how the Kuku Yalanji people connected with this piece of paradise. 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).

After lunch travel a short distance to Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery. This is a special place where you will experience Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling.
Learn about Aboriginal art styles and culture with local Kuku Yalanji artist and traditional owner Binna. Discover Binnas contemporary art style inspired by his homeland of the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Relax and create an Aboriginal art style souvenir of your own to keep.

You will never forget this relaxed paced Aboriginal cultural experience. A truly unique experience taking in the iconic rainforest and beaches of the Daintree National Park mixed with genuine traditional and contemporary Kuku Yalanji culture.

 

 

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

Kuku Yalanjil Artist

We do hunting educational tours.

We teach you how to look after yourself in our country.

BRANDON WALKER

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Guide
Price

Tour
Adult $860
Child $790
(4-14 years old)

Charter
Price on application.

Inclusions
What’s included
  • Aboriginal art experience 2hrs
  • Aboriginal Art Workshop (2hrs)
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Daintree National Park entry fees
  • Small personalised group (Maximum 14)
  • Informative cultural guide (Fully guided)
  • Resort style accommodation
  • Meals (2 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast)
Ratings

Physical Rating
Approx. 5 kilometres walking

What to Bring
What to Bring
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Small overnight bag (10 kg max)
  • Torch (Flashlight)
  • Raincoat
  • Suitable walking shoes
Tour Code

Quote tour code KYWW2

 

 

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Relaxing and creative experience.

5.0 rating
August 10, 2019

Janbal Gallery is a beautiful blend of a modern gallery with an impressive art collection and offering, and a comfortable, friendly studio where you can relax and set your inhibitions to the side. My husband and I did the art workshop for our first year wedding anniversary (the theme is paper so we thought creating art together would be nice). I strongly believe this workshop would be great for absolutely anyone! Our young niece would love it! As would my Grandma. My husband really embraced the experience and was proud of his work – which was amazing by the way (Binna helped). I was painting right up to the last minute and Binna was very understanding and helped us along the way – however also left us at times so we could focus and get in the zone – again demonstrating his great approach to teaching. The art workshop was a highlight of our trip to north Queensland and is a must-do.

Sue

Culture and Nature

5.0 rating
August 8, 2019

If you are interested in nature and gaining knowledge about indigenous culture then this is the tour for you. There was a small group on the day of our tour (7 in total) which made it a personal experience rather than feeling like a tour. After an early morning pickup with our guide Roger we took a stunning scenic drive to Cooya Beach where we were greeted by Linc, a traditional owner from the Kuku Yalanji tribe.We walked a long way out across the sand at low tide and the views of the coastline and mountains were beautiful The tour included Linc providing information about bushtucker including traditional seafood and medicines .We walked into the mangroves to find periwinkles and clams. After the walk along the beach we were welcomed into the family home for morning tea which included Lincs mums homemade damper. Thank you Linc for your generosity and hospitality and Roger for your great insight into Indigenous culture. This tour was a highlight of our trip.

Rhonda

Unforgettable experience!

5.0 rating
July 21, 2018

If you’re looking for a unique outdoor experience with culture, adventure and nature in mind, this is for you! One of the best thing we’ve done as a family and our 2 boys (9 & 11) will remember it forever. Linc was the ultimate hands-on tour guide, sharing his incredible knowledge as we meandered along the mud flats, opening our eyes to a whole new world. It’s a laid back, no frills experience, with the perfect finish – delicious fresh mud crab cooked by Linc’s lovely mum. Highly recommended!

Mark

Amazing

5.0 rating
July 6, 2018

Doing this art workshop with Binna as well as all the other amazing activities throughout my 2 week tour that i went on with school. But i would definitely recommend this half day art workshop with culture connect.

Abbey

A hands-on history lesson like no other

5.0 rating
June 21, 2017

Binna is a great teacher!
Highlight of our trip to Port Douglas! Binna is a natural teacher and has so much passion for his art. Visit here over commercial galleries! Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us Binna. A hands-on history lesson like no other – thanks Binna!

Regina

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