Rainbow Serpent Tour – ex Cooktown (5.5 hours)
Departs Cooktown : 7.45 am
Returns Cooktown : 1.15 pm
Adult AUD $135.00 Child (4-14 yrs) AUD $100.00
Rainbow Serpent Tour – self-drive (4 hours)
Departs Meeting Point outside Hope Vale 8.30 am
Returns Meeting Point outside Hope Vale 12.30 pm
Adult AUD $100.00 – Child (4-14 yrs) AUD $75.00
What to bring
- Sunscreen and hat
- Closed footwear MUST be worn!
- Cameras are welcome.
- Water is provided.
Children under 4 years
We recommend that families with children under 4 years take the self-drive tour option, as our vehicles are not equipped to carry anchored baby capsules and child seats.
Staying in Helenvale?
As tour timings make it impossible for us to pick up customers from Mungumby Lodge and the Lion’s Den in Helenvale, clients are collected from our Cooktown Booking Office at the Cooktown Motel Pam’s Place, corner of Boundary & Charlotte Streets (overlooking the roundabout) at 7.45 am. You should allow about 35 minutes for the journey from Helenvale into Cooktown.
Rainbow Serpent Rock Art Tour
Tour operates Mon – Fri – 1 April 2016 to 31 January 2017
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.
ex Cooktown (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.
Self Drive (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.
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
Happened to be in Cooktown for a conference and took the opportunity to do this tour. Can’t recommend the experience highly enough. Willie shared the ‘story line’ of his clan group’s country and history. The walk was conducted at a leisurely pace. Willie wove the stories of his ancestors and his family into the context of the land they have been connected with for 15,000 years. An unforgettable privilege! Thank you Willie.Sue, Brisbane
Our tour guide, Willie, was a real pleasure to be with for the entire trip. From the moment we were collected from our accommodation we felt at home, getting to know each other and learning about Willie’s past, the present, and future hope – as we are one people learning to live happily, together.Andro, Castle Hill
This was the third time we’ve been on Willies tour and each time has been fantastic. We’ve taken friends on two tours and they all loved it. would definitely advise anyone going to Cooktown to take a trip with Willie for an entertaining, informative and educational day.Peter, Cairns