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Wet Tropics Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Cairns
• Cardwell
• Cooktown
• Cedar Bay NP
• Daintree NP
• Hinchinbrook Island
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• Mission Beach
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Other towns, villages and localities in the Wet Tropics region include:
• Endeavour River National Park
The “Wet Tropics” is a name given to a region that encompasses a number of national parks and protected areas that include Daintree National Park, Cedar Bay National Park, Endeavour River National Park and Wooroonooran National Park. It is a region that stretches over 450 km along the north east coast from Townsville to Cooktown in the north. It is also a term that includes another World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef.

Wet Tropics - People of the Rainforest
Since time immemorial, the Aboriginal Rainforest people have been the original owners of the Wet Tropics rainforest. There are more than 20 Aboriginal tribal groups with ongoing traditional connections to land in and near the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. These traditional estate boundaries are different to the boundaries of the World Heritage Area, with each group having customary obligations for management of their country under Aboriginal law.

Connection to Country
For the Rainforest Aboriginal people, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a series of complex “living” cultural landscapes. This means that natural features are interwoven with religion, spirituality, economic use (including food, medicines, tools) and social and moral organisation that make up the fabric and culture of the Rainforest Aboriginal people.

The cultural landscape is more than dots on a map representing isolated heritage sites. The landscape identifies Rainforest Aboriginal peoples' place within their country and reinforces their ongoing customary laws and connection to the country. The country is therefore embedded with enormous meaning and significance to its traditional owners.

Story places (natural features such as mountains, rivers, waterfalls, swimming holes, trees) are parts of the Wet Tropics landscape that are important to Rainforest Aboriginal people as they symbolise features that were created during the ancestral creation period (sometimes called the “Dreaming” or the “Dreamtime”). These places have powerful meaning and properties. They may be considered dangerous to approach or take resources from, except in prescribed ways or by the right person. These places must be respected. They must not be damaged and must be managed carefully by the expert guidance of the relevant Traditional Owners.

Attractions and Cultural Centres
There are a variety of ways to experience the Wet Tropics and the local Aboriginal culture first hand. A number of communities have developed their own enterprises that showcase their culture. Ask at the local visitor centre or tour desk about the range of award winning indigenous owned and operated cultural tourist businesses.

Source: Wet Tropic Management Authority - Rainforest Aboriginal Heritage

Check out our listing of Wet Tropics accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Wet Tropics Management Authority
Level One, Cairns Corporate Tower
15 Lake Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4052 0555
Fax: 07 4031 1364
Email
Web: www.wettropics.gov.au
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Wet Tropics Attractions

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
• Kamerunga Road, SMITHFIELD QLD 4878
• Ph: 07 4042 9900 • Fax: 07 4042 9990 • Email (online enquiry and booking form)
• In 1987 a cross-cultural group of entertainers created Australia's first Aboriginal dance theatre in the small village of Kuranda, near Cairns. Today, Tjapukai's show business has become the most awarded Aboriginal cultural attraction in Australia and is credited with enhancing reconciliation locally, nationally and internationally. Located on 25 acres of land owned by the Tjapukai people at Caravonica, just 15 minutes north of Cairns.
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Wet Tropics Tours/Charters

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Native Guide Safari Tours
• 58 Pringle Street, MOSSMAN QLD 4873
• Ph: 07 4098 2206 • Fax: 07 4098 1008 • Online enquiry and booking form
• Guided tours through the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation with a traditional Aboriginal Guide. Include Mossman, Port Douglas area and Cape Tribulation Rainforest Day Tours.
Kuku-Yalanji Dreamtime Walks
• Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Inc, Mossman Gorge, MOSSMAN GORGE QLD 4873
• Ph: 07 4098 2595 • Fax: 07 4098 2607 • Email
• The Kuku Yalanji are the indigenous inhabitants of the land which stretches from around Cooktown in the north to near Chillagoe in the west and Port Douglas in the south. Many now live in Mossman Gorge, a world heritage listed rainforest behind Mossman. Check out our site for details of our guided tours.
 
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