Far North Queensland is home to two distinct Indigenous cultures; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Living in Far North Queensland, we have the unique opportunity to learn from the oldest living cultures on earth, 65,000+ years old, right on our doorstep! Why not take your children to these seven deadly places during the school holidays? They will be inspired and you can all dive deeper into history.
This list is put together by Wuchopperen’s Children and Family Centre’s team. It lets you explore from Mission Beach right up to the Daintree Rainforest!
1. Ulysses Link Walking Track
Ulysses Link Walking Track takes roughly 30 minutes to complete and commences on the beachfront at Mission Beach Village. Along the walk you can learn about the history of Mission Beach. Plus, Indigenous and historical stories are conveyed through mosaics, carvings and ceramic sculptures created by local artists.
2. Babinda Boulders
In Cairns you will find the stunning Babinda Boulders, a popular tourist attraction and great swimming hole. Here you can learn about The Devil’s Pool Legend, which holds great significance for the local Aboriginal people. When there, please be safe and follow all sign directions.
3. Nganyaji Interpretive Centre
Nganyaji Interpretive Centre in Ravenshoe is where you can explore the way the local people, the Jirrbal, lived on their lands.
4. The Figtree Playground
The Figtree Playground, also known as the ‘Treehouse’, is located on the Trinity Inlet waterfront. The playground is built around an enormous fig tree with ramps, steps, windy walkways, tunnel slides, bridges and lookouts. Once the kids have had a play, take a walk along the wharf. There you can learn about local Aboriginal stories.
5. Kgari 3 Sisters Art Gallery
Another must-visit is the Kgari 3 Sisters Art Gallery. The owner, Susan Reys, has lived in Cairns for five generations and has a wide collection of pottery, paintings and jewellery on display. Plus, entry is free!
6. The Mossman Gorge Centre
The Mossman Gorge Centre is the central hub for Mossman Gorge. At the Centre you can learn about the area and the historical significance of the land to the Kuku Yalanji people. Afterwards, make your way to the gorge where there are many things to do, including walking, swimming and picnicking. General entry costs around $30.00 for a family (two adults, two children).
7. Daintree River Boardwalk
Located on the north side of The Daintree River is the stunning Daintree River Boardwalk, roughly 400m in length. This amazing boardwalk is elevated and along the way there are 45 plaques of photos and information on native plants and wildlife to help guide you.