This magical award winning Aboriginal tour with Aboriginal Elder - Wilfred (Willie) Gordon, is listed as one of Australia's Ultimate-Must-Do-Experiences.
|Start||Cairns @ 06.45 am|
|Finish||Cairns @ evening|
Make your way to Cairns General Aviation Airport for the 45 minute flight with Hinterland Aviation to Cooktown. Flight departs General Aviation at 6.45am (Check-in required 6.00am) Enjoy the spectacular views as you fly along the Daintree Coast of the World Heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You will be met at Cooktown airport at 8.00am and driven to the outskirts of Hope Vale for the 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 6 sites, where 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 great 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. Return to
Cooktown at 1.00pm for a delightful lunch overlooking the Endeavour River. There is free time to explore Cooktown, one of Australia's most historically significant townships. At 4.00pm We then collect you from the Sovereign Resort for the return journey to Cairns or Port Douglas along the inland road, The Mulligan Highway, travelling through a diverse landscape of cattle stations and the Palmer River Gold mine region, which is the Outback of Far North Queensland. Meal stop along the way (at your own expense) and your tour comes to a completion as you are taken to your accommodation.
** Things to see and do in Cooktown
Cooktown is one Australia's most historically significant townships, Cooktown is the location where Captain James Cook spent almost seven weeks repairing his vessel, the HM Bark Endeavour. Some of the most extraordinary discoveries and interactions with local Aboriginal people occurred here in 1770 but…the history is just beginning. Cooktown provides something for everyone including exquisite botanic gardens, heritage listed buildings, museums, beaches, waterfalls, beautiful bushwalking trails, stunning bird watching and great fishing - A truly unique travel destination.