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Rainbow Serpent Tour

One of Australiaís Ultimate Must-Do Experiences
  • Genuine Aboriginal Elder
  • Award winning Rock Art tour
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Rainbow Serpent Tour Info

This magical, award-winning tour with Aboriginal Elder, Willie Gordon, is now listed as one of Australia's Ultimate Must-Do Experiences!

Willie will take you to his ancestral rock art sites, set in stunning countryside high in the hills above Hope Vale. Here he shares the stories behind the art - stories which can only be told by Elders of the Nugal clan - and explains how the paintings speak of the essence of life and the lores of his people.

With his great smile and infectious laugh, Willie gives you an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and will have you thinking about your own relationship with the land and how the lores of his people can apply to us all.

The Aboriginal rock art sites of the Nugal-warra are about 40 minutes drive from Cooktown, travelling along the Endeavour Valley. Itís a very beautiful area surrounded by hills Ė six of which mark the boundaries of the Nugal lands.

The road is predominantly unsealed, but passable except in very bad weather. We then leave the road and travel on a small track, climbing through woodlands to the area known as Wangaar-Wuri, which is the location of the rock art sites.

This is a stunning area with giant rocks, sandstone escarpments and spectacular views. Itís a beautifully peaceful place, and we walk on tracks which have been used by the Nugal people for centuries.

Rainbow Serpent Tour:
This tour takes you through a dramatic landscape to six rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent cave and an ancestral Birth Site where Willie's father and grandfather were born.

You'll gain an understanding of the spiritual meanings and stories behind the paintings, and along the way learn some of the survival techniques of the Nugal-warra people - and maybe taste a green ant or two!

Includes an estimated 30-minute bush walk; there is a short climb to two of the sites, but generally the terrain is easy.

The Rainbow Serpent Tour operates out of Cooktown - a beautiful, unspoilt, coastal town and one of Australia's most historic townships.

Getting There:
Options are available to self drive to Cooktown, take the Country Road Coachlines or travel with Adventure North Australia in conjunction with The Bama Way Aboriginal Journeys.

Departures:
Daily except Sunday
Cooktown at 7:45am, returns 1:15pm

Child policy: Child Rates Apply 3 - 14 yrs