Join this two day trip and explore some of the most pristine rainforest and some of the ancient history of Australia. Follow the Nugal-warra Elder story teller on an amazing tour, introducing you to aboriginal survival techniques, ancestral sites and the stories behind them.
Cooktown and Rainbow Serpent 2 Day tour Inclusions:
- 4WD air-conditioned vehicle
- Friendly knowledgeable driver-guide
- One of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives
- World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park
- Cable Ferry across the Daintree River
- Morning tea
- 4WD only Bloomfield Track
- Lunch at Aussie Bush Pub
- Black Mountain
- Grassy Hill spectacular views
- One Night accommodation in Cooktown
- Free time in Cooktown
- Outback of Far North Queensland
- Six Aboriginal Rock art Sites
- Aboriginal Ancestral Sites and Stories
- Local Nugal-warra Elder Guide
- Return bus transfers
- Cairns Flight Return
*Tours subject to weather conditions. Alternative to Bloomfield track route may be taken – no refund given.
Departs: Cairns – Monday & Thursday 6:30 am
Returns: Cairns –06:50pm or 9:00pm
Day 1 (lunch included)
This morning travel by air-conditioned four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle, north along the Captain Cook Highway. Your journey takes you across the Daintree River by cable ferry, then along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal routes through the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.
Your experienced and informative guide will add to your enjoyment with their extensive knowledge of the area.
We follow the 4wd-only Bloomfield Track through some of the most rugged terrain in the country.
After crossing rivers and climbing mountain ranges with spectacular views, we stop for lunch at the famous Lion’s Den Hotel, established in 1875 and one of Queensland’s oldest remaining bush pubs.
We continue to the unique geological oddity, Black Mountain, surrounded in mystery and spoken of in ancient Aboriginal legend. In Cooktown, we visit Grassy Hill to marvel at the fabulous panoramic views of the Endeavour River, Cooktown and Coral Sea, the same view Captain Cook had over 200 years ago. Have your camera ready! Transfer to your overnight in Cooktown at either the cosy Seaview Motel or the 4 star Sovereign resort.
Aboriginal culture tour Today you are collected from your accommodation at 7.45 am by Guurrbi Tours for the half-day Rainbow Serpent Tour, with Nugal-warra Elder, Willie Gordon. Willie, the traditional story-teller of the Nugal-warra clan, takes you to the Nugal rock art sites, set in stunning countryside high in the hills above Hope Vale.
You’ll visit six sites, including the Reconciliation Cave and an ancestral Birthing Site where Willie’s grandfather was born. Willie shares the stories behind the art – stories which can only be told by Elders of the Nugal clan – and explains how the paintings speak of the essence of life and the lores of his people. With his broad smile and infectious laugh,
Willie gives you an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality, and has you thinking about your own relationship with the land and how the lores of his people can apply to us all.
The tour includes an estimated 30-minute bush walk.
There is a short climb to two of the sites, but generally the terrain is easy. Water is provided, and cameras are more then welcome.
Return to Cooktown approx. 1.15 pm, and the afternoon is free for you to explore historical Cooktown before the return journey quick scenic flight enjoying the spectacular coastline between rainforest and reef arriving in Cairns at 06:50 PM.
What to bring
- Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimming clothes
- bottle of water
- Small overnight bag, no suitcases please
- $20.00 in fuel levy payable on board to the tour operator