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A program between Elders and teachers that embeds Aboriginal language into a state school community has won the major honour at the 2019 Queensland Reconciliation Awards.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mossman State School and Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group had been awarded the Partnership Award and the overall Premier’s Reconciliation Award for their initiative, Respect and Consultation: Honouring Kuku Yalanji Language at Mossman State Primary School.
The Daintree Discovery Centre is proud to support this wonderful initiative, providing $2000 sponsorship to help launch the project in December, 2018.
“Kuku Yalanji Elders and Mossman State School staff have developed a program that has given the community a place for truth telling and acknowledgement of past wrongs, a place for Kuku Yalanji students to be proud of their heritage and culture, and a pathway for understanding.
“2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages and this program exemplifies how healing and learning can come from restoring languages and sharing culture,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Acknowledging our history and valuing the knowledge of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples is key to our reconciliation journey.
“I congratulate Mossman State School and Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group for their commitment to nurturing a true partnership that has such positive outcomes for their community.
Mossman State School, north of Cairns in far north Queensland, is one of a handful of schools that will teach Indigenous language classes to all of its students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in accordance with the Australian Government’s official framework.
It is hoped all children in years one to six will be able to speak Kuku Yalanji fluently and prevent the language, which is native to Indigenous people in the region, being lost forever due state government policies in past decades that were designed to eradicate it.
Three of the Daintree’s most popular attractions have come together to offer the very best of culture, adventure, education and fun in one great money-saving package.
The Daintree Attractions Pass provides entry to the Mossman Gorge Centre Dreamtime Walk, Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour and the Daintree Discovery Centre – all on the one ticket.
Visit all the attractions on one day with a standard self-drive itinerary or customise each one separately over a seven-day period.
The big three ‘must see’ Daintree highlights together provide a fun, fascinating and unforgettable experience of the world’s heritage listed, oldest tropical rainforest and the ancient culture within it. The pass is suitable for all ages from three upwards.
Experienced Indigenous guides conduct the Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk. It includes a traditional smoking ceremony, stories of the Kuku Yalanji culture and traditions, a visit to a sacred ceremony site and soap and ochre paint-making demonstration.
The one-and-a-half hour intimate tour of about 15 guests also includes bush tea and damper and free access to the Mossman Gorge shuttle bus.
A thrilling adventure awaits on the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour, which is a guided tree platform and zipline tour through all levels of the rainforest canopy.
Adventurers can enjoy more than an hour up in the rainforest canopy with spectacular views of the rainforest and reef, and fun and fascinating stories on each platform. Up to 12 tours depart daily from Cape Tribulation.
The Daintree Discovery Centre covers the whole rainforest experience from the ground to the canopy.
Rainforest boardwalks include a Bush Tucker Trail and Cassowary Circuit, five self-guided audio tours in eight different languages, an interpretive display, native fish and reptiles, a 23-metre canopy tower and 125-metre long Aerial Walkway Rainforest Skywalk.
A take home 68-page Daintree Rainforest Guide Book with local wildlife identification is also included.
The Daintree Attractions Pass costs $205 for adults and $140 for children (three to 14 years), a saving of $10 on each ticket.
Bookings may be made online, by phone or email through the Jungle Surfing Reservations team, through TicketMates, DCM or at each of the individual attractions.
Whether it was zip lining, board walks or snake-y cuddles, March definitely brought a lot of adventures for you – we truly enjoyed seeing all about your Daintree trips on social media.
A view that never gets old, Lily the Green Tree Snake at Daintree Discovery Centre, a gorgeous aerial shot of the rainforest meeting the reef, one not so tiny spider, adventurous zip lining through the world’s oldest tree tops, and a beautiful board walk.
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Lily the Green Tree Snake
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Where the rainforest meets the reef
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How good was it to see the sun again this February after all the rain at the beginning of the year? You truly went out and about, enjoying flora and fauna of the Daintree.
These are our favourites for this month:
A gorgeous cassowary, rainforest walks and endless views, a cute green treefrog, sunrise in the Daintree, and finally something we are very excited about: a snapshot of our latest collaboration with Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, the Daintree Attractions Pass.
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I’ll never tire of seeing these dudes in their natural environment. Though I do wish cassowaries wouldn’t hang out near the road – cars are their biggest enemy.
Still dreaming about this place; Mossman Gorge.
The last couple days of my Australian Adventure were happily spent road tripping through the world heritage Daintree Rainforest up to Cape Tribulation passing some truly beautiful scenery including Port Douglas!
Glorious morning sunrise 🌅 magic start to the day
We have joined forces with Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre to create the Daintree Attractions Pass 😁. This exclusive package gives you three great attractions for one fantastic discounted price! Includes a zipline tour with us, an incredible Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and seven-days entry to the fascinating Daintree Discovery Centre
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If there was anything about health, we’ve got you covered with countless the walkways and trails around the Daintree, and our bush tucker trail might be a good inspiration for you too.
These are our favourites for this month:
A snap of our bush tucker trail, that one very big Hercules moth caterpillar, a beautiful kingfisher, the view from Mount Alexandra Lookout, Lucy discovering the Daintree Rainforest being 180 million years old (versus Amazon Rainforest: 7 million years), and finally, another picture perfect moment in the Daintree.
In between butterflies and local wildlife spotting, December is the perfect time to chill out in the Daintree after a refreshing dip in one of the many creeks – just make sure to choose a croc-safe one!
These were our highlights of your Daintree adventures this month:
This gorgeous blue spotted butterfly, the curious little girl making friends with a leaf insect, spotting a Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, some refreshing rainforest swims, finding some ripe fruit of the Creek Aceratium (eaten by rainforest pigeons, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and Cassowaries), and simply enjoying another sunset by the creek in the Daintree.
@ Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Summer is on it’s way, with record temperatures this month. nothing better than a breezy stroll above the tree tops on our canopy walk.
These were our highlights of your Daintree adventures this month:
The view of the rainforest through the aquarium – nature always has the best wallpapers, Northern Yellow Boxwood, a buff-breasted paradise kingfisher chilling in the trees, that big croc sighting in the Daintree River, the rescue of Spectacled Flying-fox pup Kristy, and a happy visitor on our canopy walkway.
The Daintree Discovery Centre and Rainforest Rescue are celebrating 16 years of partnership in 2018, together helping to protect rare, threatened and vulnerable lowland tropical rainforest in the region.
Manager Abi Ralph said the Daintree Discovery Centre (DDC), which is recognised internationally for its strong environmental focus, was proud of its continuing work with Rainforest Rescue.
“We love coming up with new and innovative ideas to raise awareness and vital dollars for Rainforest Rescue,” Ms Ralph said.
Rainforest Rescue is a conservation charity, set up in 1988 to protect rainforests through buying threatened properties, restoring damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation.
“Highlights include our #weneedrainforest social campaign that was run in conjunction with Cairns Airport for two years, as well as our ongoing donations from the sale of cassowary “slow down” stickers, takeaway coffees, Cassowary Poo! (colourful jelly beans), rainforest keep cups, and a donation box, matching every contribution dollar for dollar.”
Ms Ralph said in addition to the financial support the DDC provides, it also contributes by collecting seeds for Rainforest Rescue’s Native Nursery, which is vital for its reforestation work.
“Over the last 16 years, our employees have collected more than 60,000 seeds. These include Noah’s Walnut, Native Nutmeg, Bull Oak, White Cheese Wood, Cassowary Plum, Tarzali Silk Wood, rare and threatened Daintree Gardenia and Creek Aceratum.”
Rainforest Rescue spokesperson Kristin Canning said with DDC’s support, the organisation had been able to purchase unprotected threatened properties in the Daintree, between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, and restore fragmented habitat, ensuring important wildlife corridors remain intact.
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Winter in the Daintree Rainforest is just as colourful as the other seasons here. With temperatures only dropping a teeny bit, you will still even enjoy local ice cream while venturing out and about.
These were our favourite impressions of your Daintree adventures this month:
A Double-Eyed Fig Parrot having a snack, a close up of an Epiphyte, our Green Python chilling out, reflections on the Daintree River, a Jabiru wading through the water, the most amazing view over the rainforest canopy towards the blue ocean, our Aerial Walk from below, a selection of delicious tropical Daintree Ice Cream and a cute little baby croc.
How amazing are the flora and fauna of the Daintree Rainforest?
With your help, we too got up close and personal with jungle animals such as the Common Tree Snake, a gorgeous Jewel Spider, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, the lovely blue Fairy Wren, some mighty Green Ants and a graceful Ulysses Butterfly. Plus your shots of this incredible looking camping spot, our aerial walkway and the beach from high above – we are in awe!