The islands of the Great Barrier Reef are famous for showcasing Queensland’s iconic natural beauty. They’re also perfect for learning about the region’s First Nations history.
You can experience both on Green Island, an ancient coral cay just off Cairns. Its traditional name is Wunyami, and visitors can immerse themselves in ancient First Nation’s culture with Wunyami Cultural Walking Tour. Indigenous guides share ancestral stories and show the ancient connection between the island and its people.
Blake is one of the walking guides and he stresses the importance of connection. He says, ‘Connection provides balance and sustainability so having that connection to country, you’re always going to know what you do with your connection to country is always going to be putting out sustainability and balance.’ The tour takes one hour and runs in the morning and afternoon.’
Cairns is a great base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, and a top pick for families when it comes to accommodation is Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. It’s close to the Esplanade with its huge selection of restaurants, bars and shops. The Very Important Kids (VIK) program will keep the little ones busy for hours and parents can put their feet up around the pool. The accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, from a standard room right up to a family suite.
Tropical North Queensland Tourism is a great resource for learning more about everything this part of the state offers. Head there to create your dream holiday!