Australia holidays: Indigenous tourism in Tropical North Queensland

Cairns is not just the place where ancient rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, it is also the gateway to a number of unique Aboriginal cultural experiences.

A great introduction to local Aboriginal clans and their history is at Tjapukai, the cultural centre 10 minutes’ drive from Cairns Airport (and right next door to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway). It’s aimed at the mass tourism market but touches on many of the things that make this ancient culture so special.

At the Night Fire ceremony we were welcomed to a corroboree by the Mayi Wunba clan to learn about the importance of birra (fire) and the dreamtime stories which tell how their ancestors collected honey and hunted kangaroo.

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