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Address: Beach Road | Hope Vale, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
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Description: On these magical tours, Aboriginal Elder, Willie Gordon, takes guests to...
On these magical tours, Aboriginal Elder, Willie Gordon, takes guests to his ancestral rock art, high in the hills above Cooktown. Here he shares the meanings behind the art, explaining how the paintings speak of the essence of life and the lores of his people. With his great smile and infectious laugh, Willie gives an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and shows how we all have a spiritual connection to land, wherever we come from.
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Willie is wonderful

Willie is such a wonderful host and story teller.From the time he picked us from Cooktown until the end of the tour he filled the hours with information and laughs. Would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Willie is such a wonderful host and story teller.From the time he picked us from Cooktown until the end of the tour he filled the hours with information and laughs. Would highly recommend you take the tour thru his families country.

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Collaroy Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We spent 3 days around the Cooktown area and sought out the bush and rock art tour with local tribal elder, Willie Gordan. We drove (4WD) to the meeting place north from Cooktown (about a bit less than an hour drive from memory), but you can get picked up from Cooktown for a little more cost, but quite reasonable. Willie... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We've been travelling in Aus for nearly 12 months and I can honestly say this is the best thing we have done. Willie is an inspiration: calm, impassioned, knowledgeable, compassionate, charismatic, a gifted interpreter. We learnt so much about his culture and how it fits into modern society, and the problems involved. Thank you Willie for being prepared to share... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A rare and special glimpse into one of the world's oldest continuous cultures, with a rare and special person, Willie Gordon.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Willy is keen to educate all who come on his tour - not just about aboriginal cave art and the local fauna and flora - which he is expert upon - but also on reconciliation. Willy is immediately your friend. One of the many allegories he provided in the five hours of the tour was to liken a life well-lived... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is an amazing, educational, entertaining tour. Willie is a great interpreter of his heritage. We learned a lot about the area, how the indigenous people worked with the environment and some of their history. This tour takes all morning but the time goes quickly as there is so much to see and learn. This is a walking tour but... More 

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Port Macquarie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Willie Gordon should be a national treasure, his knowledge and welcoming attitude made this walk one of the best of this type I have done - anywhere! You should wear good walking shoes or boots and be prepared for some rugged terrain but the pace is easy and there are plenty of stops.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The best way to learn about Aboriginal history in Australia is to talk to our indigenous people, and Willie Gordon who runs interesting and educational tours with Guurrbi Tours near Cooktown is a perfect example. He will amuse, entertain and educate you on a very relaxing 3 hours walk through traditional Aboriginal land steeped in history. Willie uses his own... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Art, philosophy, ecology, botany, with a touch of Irish humour! This tour with local indigenous man Willie Gordon has it all. Willie picked us up from our hotel in Cooktown and we joined a small group on a tour of the land of his people to see rock art and learn about the stories behind the pictures. The bushwalk was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I felt truly privileged to have met this man and to have him share his wisdom and insights with my family and I. If there were more 'Willys' in the world, then I think reconciliation would move ahead in leaps and bounds. You have a wonderful way of communicating and your openness to share your experiences and views is inspiring.... More 

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