Cairns & Port Douglas

2 Days

Group Size
1 – 14 max.


Daintree Aboriginal Art and Survival

Departing from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas

Walk with Aboriginal Traditional Owners on an interpretive coastal walk to get an insight into traditional survival skills. Explore the ancient rainforest and wildlife of the Daintree region. Sleep under the rainforest canopy in resort style accommodation. Relax with some creative therapy and paint your own canvas with Kuku Yalanji artist.


a small group of people at Cooya beach walking across the mudflats with rolling hills in the backgroundDAY 1
Cairns to
Cape Tribulation

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.


a small group of people at Cooya beach walking across the mudflats with rolling hills in the background

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 and sample your fresh catch whilst learning about Kuku Yalanji culture.

After lunch your cultural journey continues to the Daintree River to discover the wildlife of the Daintree Region. Enjoy a river cruise in search of crocodiles and amazing birdlife. Continue past Wundu (Thorntons Peak) the highest mountain in the Daintree region and a highly sacred place for the Kuku Yalanji.

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.

Overnight Ferntrees Rainforest Resort, Cape Tribulation
Day 1 included meals (L,D)

Binna Swindley painting with guests at Janbal Art GalleryDAY 2
Cape Tribulation
to Cairns

Cape Tribulation is the ideal place to enjoy a tropical breakfast. This cultural journey continues 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.

Binna Swindley painting with guests at Janbal Art Gallery


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 nature and genuine Kuku Yalanji culture.


Day 2 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.


Kuku Yalanjil Artist

We do hunting educational tours.

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


Kuku Yalanji Cultural Guide


Price on application.


What’s included

  • Aboriginal Coastal Survival Interpretive Walk
  • Aboriginal Art Workshop Experience
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Ferntrees Resort accommodation at Cape Tribulation
  • Daintree River wildlife cruise
  • Meals (2 x lunch 1 x dinner 1 x breakfast)
  • Interpretive walk Daintree Rainforest
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Return accommodation transfers (Ex Cairns/ Port Douglas)
Physical Rating

Approx. 5 kilometres walking per day

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




Reviews (6)

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Relaxing and creative experience.

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.


Culture and Nature

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.


Unforgettable experience!

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!



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.


A hands-on history lesson like no other

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!


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