Spear on beach

Ancient Cultures

I want to share with you as much as I can.

– Roy Gibson, Mossman Gorge Centre

Learn from the oldest living cultures on earth

Many of Australia’s most authentic Indigenous tourism encounters can be found in Tropical North Queensland. Be guided through the rainforest by a Traditional Owner and learn about bush tucker and medicines at Mossman Gorge, hunt for mud-crab on traditional fishing grounds near Port Douglas or admire vibrant Torres Strait Island art on Thursday Island.

The map below represents some of the many Traditional Custodian groups across the region.

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dreamtime walk mossman gorge

Share our reef and rainforest stories

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the two ancient cultures of Tropical North Queensland. Visit reef and rainforest country to deepen your connection with the world, through the timeless wisdom of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.


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Timeless memories to treasure forever

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have lived on this land for more than 60,000 years. Today, you can enjoy Indigenous performances and immersive tours that deliver unforgettable memories. Pick up a spear and hunt for mud crabs near Port Douglas, learn how Dreamtime stories are interpreted through art at Janbal Aboriginal Art Gallery or watch enchanting dances at Rainforestation Nature Park.


aboriginal dancing

One of a kind cultural events

Tropical North Queensland hosts two of Australia’s most awe-inspiring Indigenous events. Each year in June and July, visitors flock to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair for exhibitions, artist talks and other events. Every two years, more than 20 communities from remote Cape York travel to Laura, 330km north of Cairns, to perform at the spectacular Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.



Explore ancient landscapes and the stories of the Traditional Custodians.



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