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“Dreamtime walk: an eye-opener”

Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
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$1,205.10*
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3-Day Far North Queensland: Atherton Tablelands...
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Mossman
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I'd wanted to hear more about aboriginal culture and was disappointed the indigenous section of Melbourne museum was closed for refurbishment. But with Rodney our Kuku Yalanji guide, we got the living, breathing experience. Ok, we were only three on our walk, but Rodney was exactly the right person to make sure everyone saw the important sights and heard his fascinating detail. From the smoking bark ceremony to welcome us to the rainforest, to the closing moments with local scones (damper) and tea brewed on the old cast iron stove, we were enchanted. We saw which trees were used by his ancestors to carve boomerangs, which serrated edged leaf could mimic acupuncture if you had a headache, which leaves would give you pain for days if you touched them and how the women cracked nuts in stones with dimples on their surface. We spotted a turtle cave painting and were told the creation story by one of Rodney's colleagues in costume.
Back in the Mossman Centre, fairly newly opened, we bought good quality souvenirs from local indigenous people who, I understand, benefit from the jobs and income it brings to the area. On a second visit, we had tea and cake, and bought competitively-priced artwork.

Date of experience: April 2013
1  Thank Jane P
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot! The guide was knowledgeable, interesting and personable. We got a perspective on both the rain forest and Aboriginal culture that we did not find anywhere else. It helped us to enjoy an independent hike the next day. It really is a special way to experience this amazing place.

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were fortunate to have Raymond as our guide (the longer tour of 2 1/2 hours). He was very proud of his heritage and was very good at relating the Aboriginal beliefs, stories, way of life, customs, and knowledge of nature to our small group. He spoke with the ancestors to allow us entry into their land. He showed us the native ways of doing things. We had a lovely swim in a swimming hole. At the end of the tour, he played 3 different didgeridoos - he is an excellent musician. Ask for Raymond when you do your Dreamtime Walk!

Date of experience: November 2012
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Loved the 1.5 hour personalised walking tour to the Mossman River and back, hearing about the food sources, the forest plants and Yalangi beliefs but the highlights were the smoking ceremony before the walk and Bama playing the various didgeredoos while damper was served.

Date of experience: November 2012
1  Thank ValdaM902
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a short guided hike that isn't challenging and honestly doesn't teach you too much about the rainforest or the Kuku Yalanji people. At least Australia lets the KuKu Yalanji have protected land and run an excellent center than what the USA gives to it's native people...

Date of experience: October 2012
1  Thank Ben K
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