Rainforest and Culture
FNQ (Ex Cairns) Queensland - Fri 15th October 2021

Max Participants:
10
Location:
FNQ (Ex Cairns) Queensland
Date:
Fri 15th October 2021
Start Time:
2:00pm
End Time:
4:00pm
Duration:
7 Days
Meals:
6 Breakfasts 2 Lunches 1 Dinners
Non-Member Cost:
$3195.00 per person
Member Cost:
$3095.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$450.00
Tagged:
4wd aboriginal rainforest
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Visit rainforest country in FNQ, deepen your connection with world, explore ancient landscapes and hear stories from the Traditional Custodians.

 

On our Rainforest and Culture Adventure we explore ancient stories of the Kuku-yalanji people to learn more about Australia’s Indigenous history, a culture that has been continuously active longer than any other culture on the planet!  

Gallery

Rock Art Tour FNQ - Photo by Tourism and Events Queensland
Rock Art Tour FNQ
Mossman Gorge - Photo by Szabolcs Toth
Laura Homestead
Lions Den Hotel - Photo by Stevie Smith
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Heading Out for the Cultural Experience

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Itinerary

Welcome to Cairns and check into the Shangri-La.

The Shangri-La is situated on the Marina, providing a beautiful view and ambience to all guests. This afternoon you can choose to take in everything on offer here, or simply laze by the pool.

Given the location of our hotel, we are spoilt for choice for dinner tonight! Being on the Marina, we have a great selection of local restaurants. We'll talk with the group prior and make a booking at a mutually selected restaurant where we'll celebrate our first night of the tour together.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

We're spoilt this morning with a sumptuous breakfast at the Backyard Restaurant at our hotel. Dig in - this is something not to be missed!

Afterwards we prepare to trek Mowbray Falls via the Bump Track, which is a 12.9 kilometre out and back trail located near Mowbray, not far from Port Douglas.

The first part of the track is a wide dirt road, steep bush for first 2km then flat and rainforest for the rest. The second section is quite challenging at the end, but the payoff is worth it, with amazing falls and gorgeous views.

We'll spend some time here and maybe take a dip in the falls, before heading back to our bus.

Dinner tonight is in Port Douglas and there's a huge variety of restaurants to choose from - why not try one of the Asian restaurants including Star of Siam or Jade Inn? Alternatively you could try Sassi for Italian and good seafood ...... or Nautilus - expensive but amazing!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: QT Port Douglas

After another sumptuous breakfast at our hotel, we head out for a day of sightseeing in this beautiful part of the world.

Firstly we'll visit the iconic, Port Douglas Markets which were established almost 35 years ago and are famous for serving up a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, locally produced food and seasonal fresh produce. In 1998, Council decided that the famous Port Douglas Sunday Markets would be a “Cotters Market”; what this means is that goods offered for sale are made by the stallholder.

Also worth visiting is St Mary's by the sea, a lovely timber church that is - understandably- a very popular venue for weddings.

After enjoying our visit to the market, we're off to explore Mossman Gorge, nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, it contains the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth. Just one hectare of the 120,000 hectare forest can contain over 30,000 species of plants and animals. Considered by many to be the evolutionary cradle for much of Australia’s plant and wildlife species, the forest has managed to survive for over 135 million years. With approximately 90% indigenous employment here, we also have the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural heritage that links the people of the region to the land.

After a fantastic day out, we're off to sample some more great food in Port Douglas. Tonight we might try one of the restaurants at the Marina - the Tin Shed (a local favourite) is an iconic eatery, offering a range of good food, tap beers and bar bites.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Qt Port Douglas

This morning after breakfast, we have a little down time before checking out and setting off to Cooya Beach just north of Port Douglas.

This afternoon we spend time learning more about our indigenous culture on a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour. Guided by the Kuku Yalanji people, we will learn about the three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the ever-changing mudflats and tidal lagoons.

Our guides can teach us how to throw a spear, hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife, and how to find plants used for food and medicine. They’ll also introduce us to some of their family members and share some of their extensive knowledge of this special area and how they care for their country.

After enjoying a fabulous insight into indigenous culture, we head further up north to The Lions Den, an institution in Far North Queensland, it's a hotel where there is definitely no need to dress up! This is old fashioned hospitality, hearty meals and just plain good fun! Oh, and the pizzas are awesome too!!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lions Den Hotel

This morning we drive to nearby Cooktown where you can spend time at your own leisure and explore.

Cooktown has a rich history. Home of the Guugu Yimithirr people, the region is known as Gangaar, ‘(Place of the) Rock Crystals’ due to the abundance of quartz in the area. In more recent history, this township became a place of further preciousness as a port during the Gold Rush. It’s also the place where the Endeavour ran ashore after its hull was grated along the reef, making it Australia’s first non-Indigenous settlement.

The James Cook Museum is well worth a look, housed in a stunning nineteenth century convent. It offers an extensive collection of local Guugu Yimithiir artefacts, along with an original anchor and canon from HMB Endeavour that were salvaged in the 1970s. The Museum celebrates the history of the convent and the nuns and children who lived there until the 1940's. The displays also tell the stories of the Chinese immigrants and the Gold Rush era in Queensland's far north, along with some fascinating insights into the first engagements between the first settlers and the local indigenous population.

You may wish to take one of several optional tours including getting out on the Endeavour River with a fishing line, or if that's not your thing, you can simply enjoy a nature tour - hopefully you'll spot a croc!

Dinner tonight will be at the Cafe Bar attached to our hotel. The bar serves everything from burgers to buckets of prawns to pub snacks with a daily changing specials board.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sovereign Resort Hotel

Today is one of the highlights of our trip, as we have an immersion opportunity in an authentic, Aboriginal cultural experience like no other.

We head to Laura and jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner for an overnight experience, camping in an exclusive location only accessible to Jarramali guests, in Cape York, North Queensland.

Through hidden rock art, delve deeper and unravel the ancient stories of the Kuku-yalanji people to learn more about Australia’s Indigenous history, a culture that has been continuously active longer than any other culture on the planet! We visit the pristine and culturally meaningful 'Magnificent' rock art site, where we're personally guided by Traditional Owners through an unforgettable journey through what archaeologists say is a 20,000-year-old outback museum.

UNESCO regards the Quinkan Rock Art as one of the ten most significant bodies of rock art in the world! The Quinkan Rock Art provides an extensive legacy and is outstanding for its variety, quantity and quality, an absolute must see! This is our history book. Australia's national history, our crown jewels. Discover what true connection to country feels like.

After viewing the Rock Art, we settle into our camp for the night, enjoying the ambience of the outback. Think last night's accommodation was good? This one has a million star rating!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After an unforgettable adventure, we make our way back to Cairns, arriving later in the day where we say our goodbyes.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

Fully Escorted by Adventurous Women Group Leader

Bus & Driver for the duration of the tour

Detailed Risk Management Plan & Public Liability Insurance

QLD Commercial Tour Operator Licence

6 nights twin share accommodation

All ground transfers

Mowbray Falls Hike

Mossman Gorge Entry

Rock Art Tour

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour

AW Luggage Tag & Stuff Sack

6 Breakfasts

2 Lunches

1 Dinners

Excludes

Flights to/from Cairns

All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment

Meals other than those specified on itinerary

Personal expenses (phone, laundry, internet, drinks, etc.)

Travel insurance (mandatory)

Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-Departure Information & Gear List will be provided well in advance of the trip

More Information

There may be opportunity to have your own room at the hotel accommodation, please enquire for availability & pricing.

Cancellation & Refunds

CANCELLATIONS, AMENDMENTS, REISSUES AND REFUNDS BY YOU

If you wish to cancel all or any part of your booking, notification of cancellation must be made to Adventurous Women in writing. The date of the cancellation is the date on which written notification is received by Adventurous Women.The following cancellation charges apply per person on cancellation:

60 days or more prior to trip departure – Loss of deposit

Between 30 and 59 days prior to trip departure – 50% of total booking cost or loss of deposit; whichever is the greater

Less than 30 days prior to departure – 100% of total booking cost

Force majeure or Government Travel Restrictions may amend these policies, credits will be offered in place of refunds. ( refer below:  Force Majeure) 

 

Force Majeure

Adventurous Women will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Adventurous Women and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes. In case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Adventurous Women will make every effort to transfer your tour to another date or destination. Depending on how close your tour date is, refunds of any kind may not be available, credits will be offered.  Adventurous Women will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you. 

 

Bookings taken from January 1st 2021, qualify for our deposit guarantee:If you are unable to travel on your selected departure date due to having contracted COVID-19, or living in an area that restricts your travel in the region of your booked tour, you will be offered your choice of the following options: 

Transferring your deposit to another tour or destination 

Transferring your deposit to another departure date 

Receiving a full refund

FINAL PAYMENTS will be due 30 days prior to departure. 

 

CANCELLATIONS, AMENDMENTS, REISSUES AND REFUNDS BY US

Adventurous Women reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancellations no later than 30 days before the tour departure date. In that instance, you will be offered the opportunity to join the tour at another time, choose a different destination, or receive a refund. Adventurous Women will not be responsible for additional expenses incurred – e.g. airfares, travel insurance, etc. 


THIS CANCELLATION POLICY IS APPLICABLE TO THIS TOUR AND IS IN LINE WITH OUR SUPPLIER'S BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS. 

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