Half Day
Tues, Thur, Sat
14 Max.
Group Size

Discover contemporary Aboriginal art styles and culture with respected local Kuku Yalanji artist and traditional owner Binna Swindley. Relax with some creative therapy and paint your own canvas to keep.

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Adult $149

Child $99
(4-14 years old)

7.00am – 1.00pm

Northern Beaches
7.40am – 12.30pm

Port Douglas
8.30am – 12.00pm

What’s included

  • Aboriginal art experience 2hrs
  • Paint your own canvas to keep
  • Small group (Maximum 14)
  • Scenic coastal drive
  • Morning tea at Janbal Gallery
  • Return accommodation transfers

Physical Rating

less than 500 Meters

Cultural Rating

Approx. 80% cultural content

What to Bring

  • Water bottle

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Art Workshop


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” SwindleyKuku Yalanjil Artist

With the backdrop of the Daintree National Park, Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery is a special place to experience local indigenous art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling.
Discover contemporary indigenous art techniques and culture with respected local Kuku Yalanji artist Binna Swindley. Tap into your creative talents and paint an Aboriginal art style souvenir of your own to keep.
Gain an understanding of local Aboriginal culture through Binnas quirky stories of his homelands.
Enjoy morning tea whilst browsing through the gallery which has local authentic indigenous art and artefacts. Janbal Gallery is a special place to enjoy and share in a genuine hands on Aboriginal cultural experience you will never forget.

A proud family with their own artwork standing with Binna
Young artists painting aboriginal artwork at a table
Binna explaining how to create your own artwork at Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery
A group of older and young people working on their own piece of aboriginal artwork
Happy group visiting Janbal Gallery, standing outside the main entrance
Outside view of Janbal aboriginal art gallery
Detailed Aboriginal artwork viewed whilst painting
Binna standing with some children with their own piece of artwork
Binna explaining culture to a small group of people, at Janbal aboriginal art gallery

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
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!

July 6, 2017

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

August 10, 2017

Relaxing and creative experience.
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.

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