Rainbow Serpent and Great Emu Rock Art Tours
Tour operates Monday to Saturday – 1 April 2016 to 1 December 2016
On the Rainbow Serpent Tour, Nugal-warra Elder Willie Gordon takes you through a dramatic landscape to six rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent Cave and an ancestral Birth Site where his grandfather were born. Here he explains the stories and meanings behind the art, giving you a unique insight into Aboriginal philosophy and spirituality. And as you walk the ancient tracks used by the Nugal people for centuries, Willie shares some of his vast knowledge of the land you’re in: its bush tucker and medicines, creatures which forecast the weather, flowers which give messages, leaves which make soap, how to interpret snake tracks or give a little lizard a drink….No two tours are ever the same, but whatever happens you’ll be enchanted and enthralled.
The tour includes an estimated 30-minute bush walk. There is a short climb to two of the sites, but generally the terrain is easy. The tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or respiratory problems.
Rainbow Serpent ex Cooktown Morning Tour (5.5 hours) 7.45am – 1.15pm
Your Rainbow Serpent Tour begins from your Cooktown accommodation where you are collected in air-conditioned transport and driven to the outskirts of Hope Vale Aboriginal Community – a journey of about 40 minutes. On the way you will learn some of the Aboriginal history and stories about the landscape you are passing through. Return transfers to your Cooktown accommodation.
Rainbow Serpent SELF DRIVE Morning Tour (4 hours) 8.30am – 12.30pm
Those self-driving to the Nugal rock art sites will be given a map to the Guurrbi meeting point outside Hope Vale. (Please note that the sites are not signed as they can only be visited with a Nugal-warra guide.) From here Willie guides you along an off-road track to the entrance of the sites, where you continue on foot.
Great Emu Rock Art Tour ex Cooktown Afternoon (2 hours) – 1.45pm – 5.30pm
Great Emu Rock Art Tour SELF DRIVE Afternoon (2 hours) 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Afternoon tours are shorter for customers who have less time available during their day, or customers who need to fit in with cruise ship arrivals/departures.
Once at the entrance to the sites you leave the vehicle and continue on foot in the company of Nugal-warra Elder and story-keeper Willie Gordon.
Closed footwear MUST be worn! Cameras welcome and water provided