Cape York Peninsula & Great Barrier Reef
This area of Australia is characterised by small homelands that must deal with the inclemency of the tropics.
Many Indigenous nations and homelands are isolated and cut off for much of the year by rain and flooding. The Guugu Yimithirr people, for example, live in a land that swings from the harsh and the dry in winter to to the hot and wet in the summer months; on the other hand, the Kuku Yalanji people live closer to the coast but some of their homelands are isolated in the remote Daintree rainforest, hours away from the nearest town. But the lands of Cape York are revered by traditional owners who find their roots in the seasonal changes and rich landscape. The stories of the place are eternal and omnipresent. The local people in homelands need to live here but sometimes struggle to get help with basic infrastructure and amenities that could make a real difference to their lives.
“The stunning beauty of the region was the first impact.”
Dr Tim Wright, Headmaster, Shore
Journeying north from Cairns, you may cruise the Daintree River, spear crabs on unspoiled beaches with Traditional Owners or kayak along the coastline before being welcomed in the traditional homelands nestled within the Daintree Rainforest where Elders still maintain extremely strong ties to the land. Cap it all off with a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.