Discover the Indigenous significance of the Daintree
This ancient rainforest is the traditional country of the Kuku Yalanji people. For an estimated 5,000 years, the Indigenous people of the Daintree have been coexisting with the environment and imbuing the land with dreaming. Referring to the rainforest as ‘Madja’ (elder), the Kuku Yalanji are the custodians of invaluable knowledge of the prehistoric flora and fauna. The Daintree is full of sacred sites and you can experience some of these with permission, or seek out an Indigenous-led tour.
The present-day location of the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council was originally a mission set up by Lutherans on the Bloomfield River and is now a reclaimed area next to the sacred Wujal Wujal waterfalls. The Walker family run walking tours to a 40-metre waterfall, which has been accessible to non-Indigenous people since 2003. Wujal Wujal means ‘many falls’ in the Kuku Yalanji language; the adjoining waterfalls are for women from the community only, but the public fall is a staggeringly beautiful landmark to observe and pay respect to.