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 tourism 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.

ReefTree – contact Brett Claxton, [email protected] or 0411774774
ReefTree can offer Tourism Solutions for Indigenous benefit. Brett can meet up with you face to face, discuss your dream of entering the Tourism Industry, Connect and guide you through the necessary steps in achieving your goals and help walk your through the path of making your product as best it can be.

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.

Tourism Tap – contact Julie Cullen [email protected] or 0487 222 714
Developing new, or revitalising existing, tourism products including grant writing, market research, strategic planning, business case development, business plans. Events, ecotourism and tourist attractions are an area of specialisation.


Funding for operators of Indigenous Experiences


TTNQ advertised for operators of Indigenous Experiences to apply for round one of funding in March 2021 and round two of funding in May 2021 to increase their marketing activity. 13 successful applicants were approved for funding in both rounds of the TNQ Indigenous Experiences Mentoring Program.

Applications for eligible operators are now open for round three of funding. 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.  The operator and consultant are to discuss the mentoring activities required prior to submitting an application. Round one/two applicants can also apply however, new eligible operators will be given preference. Funding available is up to $2,500.

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


Content Creation Funding Project


TTNQ has secured funding from the Queensland Government towards marketing Indigenous Experiences for content creation (film and photoshoots) to augment content already created by TEQ and TTNQ.

Allocation of the funding to be completed by 30 June 2021. Operators have the opportunity to apply for funding by completing the funding application form below details and supply of project quotes. Funding criteria apply.

Steering Committee for TNQ First Nations Tourism Action Plan


The Queensland Tourism Industry Council developed the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan through broad industry and stakeholder consultant across the State. The State-wide plan provides the framework for strong future for indigenous tourism in Queensland.

The Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group, a group of proactive indigenous and non-indigenous tourism operators and stakeholders, identified the need to expand on the excellent work of the State Plan to create a region specific First Nations Tourism Action Plan for Tropical North Queensland (the Plan).

A Steering Committee has been formed in May 2021 to oversee the development and implementation of the Plan and the Steering Committee is calling for proposals from suitably qualified consultants to develop the plan in consultation with the industry and key stakeholders.


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The view of #EmeraldCreek that you might not have seen ✨🌌 This stunning @athertontablelands gem (get it? 😉) is one of the most photogenic spots around 💦 With breathtaking walking trails & awe-inspiring views of the valley, plus the unmissable #EmeraldCreekFalls 🙌 To get here from Cairns, head off along the Kennedy Highway towards Mareeba for about an hour 🚙

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Rainforest & rapids & reefs, oh my! 🌿 

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Happy World Oceans Day! 💙

With the @gbrmarinepark right on our doorstep, what better place to celebrate the wonders of the ocean? 🌊🐠 

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Happy birthday @queensland! 🎉

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Is this your favourite place in Queensland? 🦋
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