Aboriginal people have a strong relationship and connection to the land in Australia and for them, many sites throughout the country hold great spiritual significance.
The people of the Kuku Yalanji tribe are said to have inhabited the rainforest in Mossman for some 4000 years and have developed a respect and relationship with their surroundings, making the area a very significant site for them.
Aboriginal groups have different customs and traditions when welcoming visitors to their land and take the responsibility very seriously. When an Aboriginal visits sacred land, they may talk to the spirit of their ancestors to identify themselves and if they have guests, may tell the spirits who is accompanying them. This can be done in both formal and non formal ways and is usually marked with a small ceremony.
The Kuku Yalanji people have decided that the best way to teach visitors about their land is to host guided rainforest walks. Each walk is conducted by a member of the Kuku Yalanji tribe who will lead you to culturally significant sites, demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, and provide an in-depth narrative about their people's unique relationship with the land. The walk is concluded with tea and damper, traditional Australian soda bread which is baked in the hot coals of a camp fire, and an enchanting Didgeridoo performance.
In 2007 Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walks won a prestigious Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award in the category for Culture, Heritage, and Indigenous Tourism. Today they continue with their fine tradition of bringing awareness to the regions environmental plights and thrill visitors with their informative and entertaining guided walks.
Should you wish to spend some time in the rainforest reflecting on what you have learnt from these Aboriginal tribes then there is a good selection of hotels, resorts, bed and breakfast and backpackers Accommodation to choose from. A few nights Accommodation spent in Mother Nature's backyard will leave you energised and ready to explore what the Daintree Cape Tribulation area has to show you.