Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and the nearby Gold Coast offer a number of fantastic opportunities for you to not only see, but participate in cultural performances which celebrate the region’s culture. As you head north towards the wet tropics and the wilds of Cape York you enter one of Australia’s strongholds of Aboriginal culture. Along the way you will come across one of the world’s natural wonders, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Thousands of years before James Cook began to chart its intricate waterways this was an important Aboriginal land and seascape and local guides can help you discover the complex web of creation stories that form the basis of a deep spiritual connection.
Near Cairns, you can enjoy an Aboriginal theme park that provides a comprehensive introduction to the culture and practices of the Tjapukai people. Watch a spectacular dance performance and listen to the creation stories which have been handed down through the generations.
North of Cairns two unique ecosystems mesh as the wet tropic rainforests of the Daintree cascade in a green wave to the turquoise waters of the Marine Park. Places like Cooya Beach and the National Parks of Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield River provide many opportunities to learn about the history and the contemporary lifestyles of the diverse Aboriginal groups who live in the lush rainforests of the tropical north. For a truly unique experience, you can learn all about the region’s abundant bush tucker and medicine, and even try your hand at spear throwing as you hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels using traditional methods.