TNQ Indigenous Experiences Cluster

Tourism Tropical North Queensland facilitates the TNQ Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group where operators and stakeholders share knowledge and work together to build our Indigenous experience offerings. The group’s role, scope and guiding principles are here. To be included in group emails please email TTNQ.

Through the TNQ Indigenous Cluster Group a mentoring program was funded by the Department of Tourism Innovation and Sport in the Year of Indigenous Tourism to support 19 Indigenous tourism operators to grow their business. See some of their stories here. While the program is not ongoing, there are opportunities for Indigenous businesses to join TTNQ-led business mentoring program by being a part of the TTNQ operator network.

TNQ First Nations Tourism Action Plan

The Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group, identified the need to develop a region-specific First Nations Tourism Action Plan for Tropical North Queensland (the Plan). A Steering Committee, starting with three nominees of the Cluster, was formed in May 2021 to oversee the development and implementation of the Plan. Over 30 regional workshops and consultations were undertaken in the development of the Plan in 2022, with over 300 stakeholders consulted. The findings of this work are summarised in the Consultation Report.

The Plan builds on local tourism plans and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan 2020-2025. The State-wide plan provides the framework for a strong future for Indigenous tourism in Queensland. QTIC has also produced the Best Practice Guide for Working with First Nations Tourism in Queensland.

The Cluster would like to thank and acknowledge the Queensland Government through the Year of Indigenous Tourism program, who provided the funding for the Plan, along with TTNQ who co-funded this important initiative. The Plan is now a ‘living document’ meaning that its actions and priorities are reviewed at each monthly Cluster meeting, and they changes can be made to the plan, in consultation with the Steering Committee and relevant agencies. Changes can be proposed at each Cluster meeting or by emailing TTNQ.

Acknowledgment:
The TNQ First Nations Tourism Action Plan is funded by the Queensland Government through the Year of Indigenous Tourism program, with support from Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

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We’re not afraid of the dark..I mean shark 🦈

Climb aboard @spiritoffreedomcairns to get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with our marine life as the sun sets! You don’t have to be a diver to experience this epic adventure either - join the fun front the boat deck and peek below the surface 🌚🤿

Will you be trying this on your next liveaboard experience? 😱

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Whether you’re out to catch a barra, hike Australia’s largest island National Park or adventure your way through a scenic 4WD track, #Cardwell is the perfect launchpad for an outdoorsy weekend with a friendly local twist 🎣🍃🏝 Hit the #CardwellForestDrive & make your way to this gem – #AttieCreekFalls – to float away your troubles 💎

📸 @kellerdiaries #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowarycoast 

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Forget going for a walk to see the sunrise, around here we like to start the morning right...by jumping into it! 🪂 Book now to get your adrenaline pumping with @skydiveaustralia before you start your boring work day 😉🌅

🎥 @tabithalipkin #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia [ID: woman skydiving through the clouds]
Kicking your week off with breathtaking sights of the @athertontablelands 🍃🦋

Around here, you’ll be treated to an abundance of waterfalls, lakes, local produce and more! 🌴✨ It’s time to explore the rolling hills that stretch for miles, and one of the best places to do it is Millaa Millaa Lookout, also known as the McHugh Lookout 🌱

P.S. get your sightseeing started as the sun rises to catch the golden skies over the Tablelands - and don’t forget your jacket, it’s starting to get chilly 🥶

 🎥 @kellerdiaries #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

[ID: Camera panning over woman leaning on wooden fence at lookout on the Atherton Tablelands. She is standing under a tree in a white flowing dress and hat. The view overlooks grassy fields, farmlands and mountains in the distance]
We’re telling you, you WANT to be waiting at the finish line to cheer on our champs in #IMCairns tomomorrow! 🏃‍♂️🌴

🎥 @ironmanoceania & @ironmantri #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

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In case you didn’t already know, @queensland has some pretty epic locations right here on our own shores…especially in Tropical North Queensland 🌴⛵️

Did you know that all of this and more lies just a 2 hour drive from Cairns!? Say hello to the incredible @cassowarycoastaustralia ☀️🏝️

🎥 @_chelseacavo_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowarycoast #missionbeach

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If you didn’t already know, the most common residents of Tropical North Queensland are the tourist-turned-locals (aka ‘I came for a holiday and never left)🌴

If you’re wondering why, it’s because of incredible experiences like this one with @oceansafaricaprtib just being part of the every-day! 

Have you gone swimming with turtles before? Drop us a 🐢 or head to our bio link to find out how ☝️

🎥 @rachelsholliday #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsgbr #portdouglasdaintree #greatbarrierreef #capetribulation [ID: underwater shot of a turtle swimming amongst beautiful coral and a woman swimming alongside the turtle]
Shout out to @crystalbrookflynn for reminding us that winter in the tropics is unlike anywhere else 🌴❄️

Head to our bio link to find winter activities to book on your next holiday ☝️

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Happy World Oceans Day! 🌊🐠

Around here, the ocean isn’t just celebrated one day a year - it’s everyday! And here are just a few ways you can dive in while you’re exploring Tropical North Queensland 🩵

Head to our bio link to find more ways to explore ☝️

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #worldoceansday #greatbarrierreef 

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Tag your hiking buddy 💅😮‍💨

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