Hands On Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival 2023

We are proud to support the Yarrabah Community’s iconic Music and Cultural Festival for 2023 with this special all-inclusive package on Saturday 7th October. Departing from the Cairns Marina on board our exclusive vessel, this package includes our Hands on Country Eco Tour, hosted by the Mandingalbay Yidinji guides and your back stage pass to a working Indigenous ranger base. You’ll join your guides on the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail discovering native foods and medicines. In the afternoon you’ll travel by coach to the Yarrabah Community with entry to the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival included.  This year the festival welcomes acclaimed Indigenous artist Jessica Mauboy, along with Electric Fields, Jessie Lloyd and Yarrabah’s own Brass Band. 


Package includes 

  • All transfers from the Cairns Marina by river cruise vessel, 
  • Hands on Country Eco Tour (Welcome to Country, Mayi Bugan traditional foods and medicine rainforest trail, yarning circle)
  • Return coach transfers to Yarrabah Community.
  • General Admission Ticket to the event (Online Tickets are Sold Out)
  • Morning tea, 
  • Non-Alcoholic cold drinks
  • Picnic lunch box and camp chair.

Hands on Country Eco Tour

Travel in a small group fully hosted by Traditional Owners on their traditional Country discovering a stunning wetland environment just 10 minutes cruise from Cairns City. In the distance, rainforest clad mountains soar as the boat turns up Hills Creek, where salty sea and mountain freshwaters meet. You’ll arrive to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

Visit a working Indigenous Ranger base from where the Mayi Bugan Rainforest Trail begins. Join your Indigenous Guides to discover native foods and bush medicines, as well as ancient Aboriginal traditions, customs, and artefacts.

The Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival


The Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival was started in 2012 to reignite Yarrabah’s century-long legacy of brass music excellence. The festival has evolved from humble beginnings, created originally to debut the newly rekindled Yarrabah Brass Band. Now, it has grown into one of North Queensland’s premier destination events.

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