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Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours. On these relaxed coastal walks (A$75), Kubirri Warra brothers Linc and Brandon Walker, members of the Kuku Yalanji bama (people), take turns guiding groups through three diverse ecosystems along Cooya Beach, north of Port Douglas, demonstrating traditional plant use, pointing out bush tucker ingredients, recounting Dreamtime legends, and sharing their knowledge of indigenous culture and the area. On a two-hour night-spearing trip over similar terrain (A$150), the brothers teach hunting and gathering skills passed down by the Kuku Yalanji over millennia: observing, tracking, spear-throwing, and foaging, with plenty of jokes thrown in. Wear wading shoes, a hat, insect repellent, and (on day tours) sunscreen. Return transfers to the Port Douglas area are A$30. Mossman Gorge Rd., Mossman, Mossman, QLD, 4873. 07/4098–2595. www.bamaway.com.au/KukuYalanji.aspx.
Walkabout Adventures. This operator takes small groups on half- and full-day rain-forest safari and coastal hunting trips (A$150-A190 per person), and runs an hour-long Daintree rain-forest walk that's perfect for time-pressed travelers (A$45). These excursions visit the world's oldest rain-forest, Mossman Gorge, and coastal mudflats, mangroves, and beaches, with swims in rain-forest streams, foraging beach and mangrove walks, and lessons on spear-throwing. The one-hour walk, departing Daintree Eco-Lodge & Spa most days, is best booked through the Eco-Lodge. Transfers are available from Port Douglas, Palm Cove, the Northern Beaches for a surcharge. Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, 20 Daintree Rd., Daintree, QLD, 4873. 0429/2947–8206; 07/4098–6100 Daintree Eco-Lodge & Spa. www.walkaboutadventures.com.au. Daily, prebooking essential.