Aboriginal Culture

Enter a world of special sites, ancient bush walks and traditional practices. Experiences you won't find anywhere else in the world!

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa's site is important in the local culture. The property was occupied by forefathers of the Kuku Yalanji people and used as a resting place as it provided spring water, an abundance of edible and medicinal plants, fauna, bathing holes, protection from harsh weather conditions and is adjacent to the majestic Daintree River.


Aboriginal Culture and Tourism

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa's Aboriginal guides can take you on a guided rainforest walk to the property's natural waterfall with healing powers significant to women, while highlighting bush medicines and foods, traditional life and history. Our guides also share their personal stories with you.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa stands, and will continue to stand, for the intelligent integration between humans and nature and to provide future generations the opportunity to live in harmony with nature .

Aboriginal Experiences on offer include:

* Interpretive Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walks – a must-do experience

* Aboriginal Art and Culture Workshops – interactive, non-contrived atmosphere

* Aboriginal-inspired Spa Treatments – rebalancing, re-harmonising, relaxing

* Modern Cuisine influenced by indigenous flavours – subtle and delicious

*Aboriginal Day Tours - personalised tours exploring the rainforest, the region and the Aboriginal culturally significant sights, with local Aboriginal guide  www.walkaboutadventures.com.au 

* Aboriginal touches to your wedding (on request)

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Guest Involvement

Guests at Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa can experience unique indigenous culture and traditions. With indigenous attributes incorporated into every aspect of the property, from Julaymba Restaurant where native bush foods are subtly infused in gourmet delights, to the Daintree Spa where ochres and muds become part of the treatments, as well as the interpretative guided rainforest walks and the Aboriginal art workshops.

Smoking Ceremony

Smoking ceremonies were performed by the Kuku Yalanji people in traditional times as a way of spiritually cleansing people when entering unknown country. Also, during a wedding, a smoking ceremony was performed to create a lifelong bond between the couple. Smoking a house or deceased person’s belongings is also performed today to help the deceased person’s spirit enter the afterlife.

Today the Kuku Yalanji still practise these ceremonies for the same spiritual reasons. However, today non-Aboriginal people may also take part in these special events to ensure the safety and health of the person while in Kuku Yalanji country, as a cleansing ritual, or to create a special bond for a couple on their wedding day.

Unlike a wedding ring which can be lost or destroyed, the smoke passing over the couple from special barks and leaves may disappear to the eye, but forms a spiritual bond which is said to last forever.

Working Relationship

Through the formation of partnerships with the local rainforest Aboriginals aimed at creating sustainable tourism opportunities by preserving the pristine rainforest and Aboriginal culture, this is a perfect example of a community project for the betterment of future generations.

The local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa share a mutual respect. In years gone by, ancestors used the land as a meeting place with a constant supply of water, an abundance of rainforest fruits, medicinal plants and other food including crustaceans, fish and wildlife.

The continued interaction with the local people adds a cultural dimension to Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa and gives an oppurtunity for the Kuku Yalanji people to relearn and share their culture.