NGARO INDIGENOUS CULTURAL TOURS

Immerse yourself in a unique experience with your own Ngaro Indigenous Guide - learn about the history of these ancient island sea people, their customs and how they hunted and sourced “bush tucker”.

Be part of a small exclusive group for the day where we explore two islands, visit a cave featuring aboriginal rock paintings, enjoy a stroll through some rain forest, learn how to throw a traditional fishing spear and have the opportunity to learn about the diverse native flora & fauna of the region.

TOUR highlights and FEATURES

  • Maximum 12 Guests (Minimum 6)
  • Learn about the history of these ancient island sea people, their customs and how they hunted and sourced “bush tucker”.
  • Be part of a small exclusive group for the day where we explore two islands and visit a cave featuring aboriginal rock paintings.
  • Enjoy a stroll through some rain forest, learn about the diverse native flora & fauna of the region from your guide.
  • Learn how to throw a traditional fishing spear (and have so much fun at the same time).
  • Lunch, Billy Tea & Damper included
  • Departs Airlie Beach - Coral Sea Marina Public boat ramp. Meet 8.45 am for a 9.00am departure, returning 4.00 – 4.30 pm.

MUST-DO INDIGENOUS TOUR IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Welcome aboard our vessel “Wild Dreams”, for a wonderfully immersive, guided cultural tour of Hook Island with the region's Ngaro people.

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WHAT IS ROC

The Respecting Our Culture (ROC) program encourages the tourism industry to operate in ways that respect and reinforce Indigenous cultural heritage and the living cultures of Indigenous communities.

ROC certified tourism operators are committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ spiritual connection to the land and water.

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ORIGINS OF ROC

The ROC program is a tourism industry development tool designed by Aboriginal Tourism Australia (ATA) and administered by Ecotourism Australia. It was produced through an ongoing national consultation by ATA with Indigenous communities, industry stakeholders and tourism operators.

ROC embraces national accreditation standards, making sure tourism experiences meet customer expectations in a professional and sustainable way. It also encourages the industry to operate with respect for Indigenous cultural heritage.

WHAT IS SUPPLIED:

  • Guest towels and spray jackets (if required)
  • Morning tea and lunch including tea or coffee - all catering is individually packed).
  • Canned drinking water, Ice and Eski – all trips.
  • Snorkel equipment (if snorkel stop requested by prior arrangement)
  • Hiking sticks available on request and prior notice given.

WHAT IS NOT SUPPLIED:

  • Alcohol - please BYO if you would like anything
  • Glassware unless by prior arrangement
Kelly
September 2022

Where do I start? WOW!!! What a day! John was an amazing sea captain that went above and beyond to make sure we had the best day exploring the Whitsundays hidden secrets! We were so blessed and fortunate to meet Jaqui and Harold and explore the hidden indigenous cave paintings. I would highly recommend John and the indigenous tour. The tour was so special and unique i feel blessed that we were able to experience the magic of the caves and the history of the Whitsundays. I literally get goose bumps as I'm reminiscing! John is one of the nicest people i have met in a long time and I can't thank you enough for such an amazing adventure! Until next time loadsa love Kelly, Kyra & Tazzy x

Heather S – Melbourne, AUS
July 2022

We were delighted to join John on board his comfortable craft for the Indigenous Cultural Tour. We were accompanied by Peter, a Ngaro traditional owner who shared his cultural stories and history with us. It is high time we heard the aboriginal history of this place. One of the most informative and interesting experiences of our time in the Whitsundays. Highly recommended.

Steven – Brisbane, AUS
July 2022

An amazing day for the entire family in Ngaro country treated with respect, understanding and knowledge. Peter and John provide a tour through this paradise that is relaxing, fun and moving. Peter was incredible with everyone and the kids, answering questions and sharing his country, stories and culture openly. This is an example of what tourism needs to be.

We opted to include snorkeling as well and were taken to a stunning inlet far away from the crowds. This was by far the best experience we had in Airlie beach.

Annie
July 2022

I will never forget this day for the rest of my life. I highly recommend the Ngaro Indigenous Cultural Tour with Peter and John. Incredibly grateful to listen to Peter speak about his peoples history, culture and connection to Ngaro country. Being invited to a sacred site was very emotionally moving and incredible to learn about. Visiting this beautiful place needs the context of a First Nations guide like Peter to really ground your experience here. My family and I were so well looked after by Peter and John on our tour; they are such a thoughtful, knowledgable and easy going team. We learnt so much and each felt it was our best day here. The kids had so much fun learning about bush food and medicine and learning the art of spear throwing. If you visit Airlie Beach; you need to book the Ngaro cultural tour. It will be the best part of your trip without a doubt.