Year of Indigenous Tourism

TNQ Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group


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 groups role, scope and guiding principles are here.  To be included in group emails please contact Russell Boswell at [email protected].


TNQ Indigenous Experiences Mentoring Program


TTNQ has secured funding from the Queensland Government to deliver mentoring for the region’s Indigenous Experiences to significantly increase the market presence of more operators. TTNQ advertised for consultants to submit outcome-based packages that will be offered to selected operators. Consultants were required to register to be promoted to operators and are listed below:

Complete Business Solutions – contact Petina Tieman, [email protected] or 07 4000 4141
A multiple award-winning, 100% Indigenous owned, Supply Nation Certified company, based in Cairns, provides development consultancy services for businesses.

Eco-Accounts – contact Anita Simpson, [email protected]
Specialising in the EcoTourism Industry, Eco-Accountants are your Financial Management, bookkeeping, and advisory specialists.

Gateway Media – contact Fiona Nicholl, [email protected] or 07 4051 1777
Gateway Media can help with social media, sales foundations, niche market penetrations and email marketing services which allows local indigenous businesses to create awareness, promote cultural tourism which will in turn generate visitors to the region. Building a database will also increase the value of their business while building brand affinity.

Matson & Ridley Safaris – contact Tammie Matson, [email protected]
Matson & Ridley Safaris is the product of a lifetime’s passion and its wild places, people and animals. This consultant can help operators with creating packages, video, imagery, and Niche Market penetration.

Mission Solutions – contact Andrew Simpson, [email protected] or 0412 731 699
Experience to assist Indigenous Australians to achieve economic independence whilst maintaining and preserving their culture through innovative cultural tourism enterprises supported by flexible training and business support services.

Pinnacle Tourism Marketing – contact Michael Nelson, [email protected] or 07 4031 6447
A local company offering market representation and consultative services to products within the tourism industry focused. As the company name implies it is about reaching the highest level and creating new benchmarks in marketing strategies and sales opportunities.

Pacific Travel Industry Solutions – contact Guillaume Wolf, [email protected] or 07 4057 5136
With over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry and online travel agencies, PTIS offers tailored advice and hands-on professional skills to grow your travel business.

PhlipVids – contact Philip Warring, [email protected] or 0418159828
A video production company based in Cairns, provide professional videography, photography and drone operations anywhere around Australia.

Ros Harries Marketing – contact Rosalind Harries, [email protected] or 0439679132
Working across the Domestic and International markets and all distribution channels which include Inbound, Wholesale, and Online travel agents (third-party websites), they offer a number of opportunities to give your business a competitive advantage in these markets.

Saltwater People – contact Bianca Barling-Seden, [email protected] or 0474081888
Indigenous owned and full-service creative agency that delivers strategic design communications and cross-cultural engagement. They provide expertise in remote project delivery and inclusive communication solutions.

Sheena Walshaw – contact [email protected] or 0409804334
Sheena is a locally experienced tourism operator with proven skills in Business Development, Strategic Business Planning, Tourism Marketing, Tourism Sales & Distribution, Ecotourism & Sustainability, Risk Management, Public Relations, Grant & Award Submission Writing.

StewArt Media – contact Danielle Johnson [email protected] or 1300 351 501
With years of SEO experience, unparalleled technical expertise and a refreshingly creative approach to online marketing, StewArt Media has helped hundreds of businesses increase their online presence.


Funding for operators of Indigenous Experiences


TTNQ advertised for operators of Indigenous Experiences to apply for funding to increase their marketing activity in March 2021. To be eligible the operator must have an operating, bookable experience in Tropical North Queensland, and need the funding to make a major difference to their marketing. Applications for eligible operators are now closed, however an opportunity for another round of funding will be available soon.

Further details on the TNQ Indigenous Experiences Mentoring Program are found here or contact Russell Boswell on 0408 772 513 / [email protected]

Steering Committee for TNQ First Nations Tourism Action Plan


Nominations are now open for 3 Cluster Group representatives to join the Steering Committee for our regional version of the Queensland plan. To nominate someone please email the name and phone number of the nominee, and name and phone number of the nominator to [email protected]. Cluster Group members will be asked to vote on nominees if more than three are received. Nominations close 19 March 2021.


Happy Tuesday from our adorable friend Rosie 🥺 Did you know that the red-legged pademelon is the only ground dwelling wallaby that lives in the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforests? 🦘🍃 
Rosie was rescued in #CapeTribulation & is now having a great time at @daintreeicecream 🍦🌿 (we know we wouldn't mind spending our days with an ice cream company 😉)
#exploreTNQ ​#explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Nestled deep within a 180 million-year-old rainforest, @mossmangorge is the unbelievably beautiful home of the Kuku Yalanji people ✨🌿 Before you explore the pristine waters of the gorge itself, or head off on a cultural experience in the rainforest, take some time to peruse the gallery & sample the local food at Mossman Gorge Centre 🍃🦋
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Have you ever dreamed of waking up on a volcano crater?! 🌋 Didn't know it was a thing? Let us introduce @mtquincan on the @athertontablelands 😲☀️ This luxury hideaway is the perfect romantic escape, designed specifically for couples (read, no kids!) 🥰 Each pole cabin features stunning views, fireplaces for those cool hinterland evenings and a double spa. Ahhh, the ultimate romantic trifecta! 💖🔥
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Gooood morning from #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Who wouldn't mind taking a leaf out of @vanlifestraya's book and waking up here? ☕️ Located only 5mins north of #PalmCove on the #GreatBarrierReefDrive, you'll find the Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows. @vanlifestraya recommend getting here early to secure an unpowered spot at the end right by the beach 🏖 If you're there on a Sunday arvo, pop down to @ellisbeachbargrill dollar oysters & live music 🦪 If not, they're open daily serving delicious meals, coffee & cold drinks of course 🍻
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When you think of #CapeYork you may think of dusty roads or secluded beaches, but did you know it’s also peppered with its fair share of stunning waterfalls & swimming holes? 😲💦 #TrevathanFalls lies just south of #Cooktown in the northernmost reaches of the @wettropicsworldheritage bioregion 🌿 After taking a refreshing dip here, head to Cooktown for sunset at #GrassyHillLookout overlooking the mouth of the Endeavour River followed by a feast of local seafood at @sovereignresort 🦐🎣

⚠️ Always be croc-wise in croc country and only swim at designated swimming holes that you know are safe. 

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A chain of relaxed seaside villages lay just north of #Cairns including stunning #CliftonBeach 🌴 Neighbouring its more famous sibling #PalmCove, you can take a short walk or cycle between the two beaches to find your own secluded patch of sand under the swaying palms ⛱  Consider stopping in at local Clifton Beach favourite @cocomojos for a bite to eat from their world-inspired menu. You won't be disappointed! 🤤🍹 
​ 📸 @mycolourfulworld_ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
The road to #MountSorrow will have you feeling anything but 😅 Sure, the hike to the top may be tough, but the climb is compensated by the spectacular views over the #DaintreeRainforest & all the way to the sea 🌿⛰ ​@steve_jl_photography captured this incredible shot on the winding road to the aforementioned peak & loved the moody vibes you'll find at this time of year thanks to the nourishing tropical rain 🌧
​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
With unobstructed views of the beautiful Coral Sea 🌊 & rainforest-clad mountain ranges ⛰ #RexSmealPark in @portdouglasdaintree is a popular spot for visitors to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the @gbrmarinepark 🐠 It’s the perfect place to pull up a chair under the palms & have a picnic with the family 🧺🌴
​📸 @cheriebowman #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
It’s finally the holidays & we can smell the chocolate already 🍫

If you’re looking for some family fun this holidays, head to @wildlifehabitat & say hello to some adorable furry friends 🐨🌴 

We know where you wallaby this weekend 🦘😉
​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Dive into adventure with @prodivecairns on your next holiday to Tropical North Queensland 🤿🌊

With hundreds of thousands of half price flights now available, it’s the perfect time to start planning your tropical holiday 🍹🌿

Get ready to take off & say hello to #Cairns ✈️

📸 @_instagrant #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia