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Get a deeper connection with this land

Tropical North Queensland is the only region with two distinct Indigenous cultures and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have been continuously active longer than any other culture on the planet. It’s the ideal place to delve deeper, absorb age-old wisdom and be inspired with direct access to Traditional Custodians, both elders and the new generation.

Forge your own connection with these sacred surrounds. Be welcomed to Mossman Gorge at a smoking ceremony that cleanses and diverts bad spirits, learn traditional hunting techniques at Cooya Beach near Port Douglas on fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people, or gain insights to ancient artforms with Jarramali Rock Art Tours near Laura.

Follow the songlines across the Savannah Way to Burketown where the night skies come alive with the stories of ancestors from the Gangalidda-Garawa people on Yagurli Tours.

Be guided through the rainforest on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge

Learn how to catch mud crab on traditional fishing grounds at Cooya Beach near Port Douglas

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

Timeless experiences

Invigorate your soul by connecting with country on an Indigenous tour.

Island Stars Dance Troupe performing on the beach at Prince of Wales Island in the Torres Strait
Indigenous Culture
Ways to connect with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures

Tropical North Queensland is the only region in Australia with two distinct Indigenous cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Connect with these ancient cultures 60,000 years in the making.

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Mossman Gorge Centre Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to explore iconic landscapes with Traditional Custodians

Delve deeper into the iconic landscapes of Tropical North Queensland by visiting with Traditional Custodians.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
An Indigenous perspective of summer in Tropical North Queensland

Throughout Tropical North Queensland, Indigenous seasons are celebrated differently than in western culture. Discover summer through the eyes of the Traditional Custodians of Tropical North Queensland.

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wunyami tour green island
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Discover Wunyami (Green Island) with Traditional Owners

Discover the Indigenous stories, legends and traditions of Wunyami (Green Island) from the Gungganji and Yidinji people as you join them on a guided island tour and learn about their cultural, ceremony and life with Wunyami Tours.

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours
Cape York
Experience an incredible Aboriginal rock art tour

Discover what true connection to country feels like at a 20,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art gallery with Jarramali Rock Art Tours. Fly in via a scenic helicopter or jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner guide for the full overnight experience.

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Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Reef Dreaming: Discover the Reef with Indigenous Rangers

As you discover the Great Barrier Reef, uncover the culture of the Traditional Custodians with personal interpretation by local Indigenous rangers on Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel.

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Pamagirri dancers at Rainforestation in kuranda
The Rainforest People of Kuranda

Known as the colourful village in the rainforest, Kuranda has a much deeper history that stretches way beyond its famous quirky markets. Learn more about the Indigenous people who have called Kuranda home for at least 10,000 years.

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torres strait dancers on beach
Torres Strait
5 Unmissable sights in the Torres Strait Islands

Between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, there’s a fascinating world of unforgettable adventures to be had. Journey to this culturally unique part of Australia and you’ll find vibrant Indigenous communities celebrating their strong connection to land and sea.

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Cape York
Cargo ship your way to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands

We’ve rounded up the top reasons why you need to get your ship together and get on the MV Trinity Bay to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.

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