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Mandingalbay Authentic Indigenous Tours

Hands On Country Eco Tour

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  • Guided by the Traditional Owners on Country
  • Only 15min river cruise departing from Cairns Marlin Marina
  • Diversity of habitats and landscape
  • Opportunity to hear an ancient language
  • Connections to stories and the history of Yarrabah - Australia's largest Indigenous community
  • Mandingalbay Yidinji welcome and cleansing smoking ceremony
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Connect with the Mandingalbay Yidinji people, the traditional owners of the land for an unforgettable Indigenous cultural experience right at the door stop of Cairns. This three-hour eco tour provides you with the opportunity to experience sacred ancient lands through ancient hands and hear the native language within the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Heritage Area.

Departing from Cairns, cruise the Trinity Inlet to Hills Creek where you will be greeted with a traditional welcome and cleansing smoking ceremony upon arrival. Next, join local guides on a guided bushwalk to discover Indigenous customs, bush foods, tools, medicines and sights of cultural significance that demonstrate the powerful connection between the country and the Aboriginal culture.


  • A guided river cruise across Trinity Inlet from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Traditional Welcome to Country and Mandingalbay smoking ceremony.
  • 20-minute guided bush-walk discovering the Mandingalbay Yidinji bush foods and medicine.
  • Light refreshments (coconut damper, tea and fresh fruit).
  • Return transfer by vessel to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal


  • Fully Guided by Mandingablay Yidinji people - the Traditional Owners of the land
  • Tour starts from the Cairns Marina, right in the heart of the Cairns CBD and within walking distance from most city hotels and resorts
  • Opportunity to hear an ancient language
  • Visit a major environmental conservation project in an Indigenous Protected Area
  • Connections to stories and the history of Yarrabah - Australia's largest Indigenous community
  • Ancient practices combined with latest science for a sustainable future


  • Departure time is 9am


  • Cairns Marlin Marina, Meet your Tour Guide at Mooze Gelato and Juice Bar, 5\/2 Pier Point Road (next to Salt House Restaurant Bar)

What To Bring

  • Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, camera and prescribed medications
  • Wear sturdy, flat footwear

Additional Information

  • Child rate applies to children 5 to 16 years old.
  • Infants 0 to 4 years old travel free of charge.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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