Quinkan To Kuku Yalanji 4WD Road Trip

DAY 1: CAIRNS TO MT CARBINE (135km – 1.5hrs driving time)

TJAPUKAI Cultural Centre – Immerse yourself in the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Get a head start on your roadtrip by driving 135km this afternoon with a night stopover at Mt Carbine.

Suggested Accommodation:
Mt Carbine Caravan Park. Ideally located for the traveller wishing to explore outback Far North Queensland. Caravans can be left in storage here for your return if you wish.

DAY 2: MT CARBINE TO COOKTOWN (VIA LAURA) (340km – 4.5hrs driving time)

Laura / Quinkan Country Cultural Centre and Rock Art Site Tour – Identified between 15,000 – 30,000 years old, the Laura Rock Art site is the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in the world. It has been included on the Australian Heritage Estate and listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world. The Quinkan rock art is outstanding both in variety, quantity and quality.

On leaving Laura, head back into Lakeland on the tranquil Laura River Valley, where you can taste coffee brewed from local plantations.

Arrive Cooktown. Suggested Accommodation:

Milkwood Lodge, Cooktown
Sovereign Resort, Cooktown
Seaview Motel, Cooktown

DAY 3: COOKTOWN TO CAPE TRIBULATION (112km – Allow 3hrs driving time)

Start the day with Nugal-warra Elder, Willie Gordon for a half day Guurrbi Tour.

Willie will share 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.

Don’t forget to visit the Milbi Wall (The Story Wall) built by Gungarde at Bicentennial Park before you leave Cooktown.

After lunch its time to conquer the spectacular and challenging route along the Bloomfield Track to Cape Tribulation. Along the way visit the larrikin Lion’s Den Cafe for a drink, marvel at the mysterious Black Mountains or Kalkajaka (meaning ‘place of spear’). Black Mountain is an important meeting place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories.

Say hello to the Wujal Wujal community at the Wujal Wujal Arts & Cultural Centre.

The Wujal Wujal Falls bushwalk is well worth the stop (thirty minute return walk) The falls are of great significance to the Kuku Yalanji people who have lived here for thousands of years (Self Guided or Tour Options)

Once you arrive, check in and relax at Cape Trib Beach House with a Bonfire on the Beach that night to top off an awesome day.


Mangrove Croc Cruises Join the only tour boat permitted in the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park on a mangrove discovery tour in search of the estuarine crocodile.  Wind your way from Cooper Creek’s coral sea mouth towards the panorama of Queensland’s third highest mountain, Thornton Peak, on a leisurely & informative cruise and exclusive access to 9 square kilometres of world heritage listed wilderness.  http://www.capetribcruises.com/cruises.html

MASONS RAINFOREST WALK- The Rainforest at Cape Tribulation Our 2hr Day Walk is an easy paced tour through breathtaking Cape Tribulation rainforest http://www.masonstours.com.au/walks.htm#2hour

DAY 5: CAPE TRIBULATION TO CAIRNS (Via Cooya Beach) (142km – Allow 3hrs driving time)

Up early to cross the Daintree on a Vehicle Ferry

Travel through Mossman to magical Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park

Drop in and have a look at some incredible Aboriginal Art at Janbal Indigenous Art Gallery Mossmanhttps://www.janbalgallery.com.au

Stop off at Cooya Beach for a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour : On this 2.5hr tour which begins with a cultural smoking (cleansing) ceremony to welcome guests, your Kuku Yalanji guide will introduce you to traditional fishing and gathering techniques including spear throwing and handling as it is still practiced today.

Where the Reef meets the Rainforest