Rainbow Serpent Tour – ex Cooktown (5.5 hours)
Departs Cooktown : 7.45 am
Returns Cooktown : 1.15 pm
Child (4-14 yrs) AUD$95
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
Child (4-14 yrs) AUD$65
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
Closed footwear MUST be worn!
Tour operates Mon- Fri – 1 April to 30 November
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 father and 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.
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.
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)
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)
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.