Journey into North Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula and be welcomed by the Olkola people onto their country. Discover their history and traditions, and share in their culture and journey home.
- 3 full days exploring Olkola country
- Accommodation (4 nights camping 1 night guest house)
- Rinyirru (Lakefield )National Park
- Cooktown town tour
- Bloomfield Track
- Daintree Rainforest
- Small personalised group (Maximum 10)
- Informative Cultural Guide/Luxury 4WD
- Meals as advised
6 Day Tour
Approx. 2 kilometers walking
Approx. 60% cultural content
What to Bring
- Small soft sided bag (12 kg)
- Sleeping bag
- Torch (Flashlight)
- Suitable walking shoes
- Insect repellant
- Water bottle
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Journey to the heart of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula as guests of the Olkola people – the Traditional Owners of over one million hectares of biodiverse savannah woodlands, river systems, lagoons and rocky escarpments northwest of Laura.
Day 1 meals (L,D)
Olkola people would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land in which we travel through and our partnership with Eastern Kuku Yalanji and Rinyirru Traditional Owners.
Departing Cairns this cultural journey begins with a dramatic change of scenery from tropical rainforest to the woodland savannah of Cape York. Visit the historic town of Laura and learn about its colourful history during the gold rush years. Travel along some remote bush tracks to begin your journey in to Olkola country.
Olkola country is a living cultural landscape. From the sandstone escarpments to the floodplains of the major rivers there are rock art paintings, scar trees, burial sites, bora grounds and sacred sites.
Killarney Station will be your home for the next 4 nights with plenty of time to share stories around the campfire.
Day 2 meals (B,L,D)
A former cattle station, Killarney Station is the ideal base to experience the highlights of Olkola country which spans over I million biodiverse hectares.
After a welcome to country by the Traditional Owners, Olkola guides will host you out on country.
Visit Maryanne Yard an abandoned stock yard to understand the connection the Olkola people have with the cattle industry. Travel through rugged bush tracks and discover , savannah woodland, billabongs and rocky outcrops that make up the diverse landscape of this ancient land. The Olkola guides will share a unique interpretation of this vast country including bush food and medicine.
Day 3 meals (B,L,D)
Today explore the habitat of the Golden Shouldered Parrot and learn how the Olkola Land Managers are connecting with country.
Termite mounds are an integral part of the savannah landscape. They are the nesting sites for the parrots and also make for some interesting photography. Alwal is the Olkola name for the Golden Shouldered Parrot, an endangered bird species that calls Olkola country home. Olkola Rangers are actively involved in the preservation of this beautiful rare bird. Significant habitat lies in every direction for many species of plants and animals in this fragile landscape.
Discover the connection the Traditional Owners have with the land and learn how traditional culture is connected with the natural environment.
Day 4 meals (B,L,D)
Today you will travel to the sandy Kimba Plateau with its tall forests and crystal clear water. This is the headwaters of some major river systems of Cape York and consists of many soaks and freshwater springs.
Enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural springs and visit a rock art site to gain a true connection to the country . Olkola guides will give you an understanding of traditional survival practices and how current management policies are necessary to prevent feral animal damage.
Day 5 meals (B,L,D)
Departing Olkola country through some outback tracks you will travel to Musgrave Station an important post for the overland telegraph line. Enjoy a short break before continuing on to Rinyirru (Lakefield )National Park which has an array of birdlife and a vast landscape consisting of savannah woodlands and floodplains.
With plenty of photographic opportunities journey along Battlecamp Road to the historic town of Cooktown. This charming frontier town was the place where Captain Cook was shipwrecked. Learn about the connection Cook had with the Aboriginal people.
Day 6 meals (B,L)
Explore Cooktown with its amazing museum and scenic waterfront area. Travel a short distance to the famous Lions Den Hotel, a living relic of the gold rush days. Journey along the rugged and mountainous Bloomfield Track through the lush tropical rainforest.
Entering the Daintree National Park walk under the rainforest canopy of this World Heritage area for an awe inspiring experience.
A ferry crossing over the Daintree River and a scenic coastal drive is the ideal way to end your cultural adventure.