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 and allocation of the funding to be completed by 30 June 2021.

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.


Feel like brushing shoulders with a supermodel? Now you can, the supermodel of the island world at least 🏝 This quintessential tropical island National Park holds the title of one of the top beaches in the country 🏖 #NudeyBeach boasts incredible views, refreshing water & one of the most photogenic coral shores around 🐚✨ You can discover the island for yourself with @fitzroyislandadventures ⛵️ Don’t feel like leaving? Stay a while at @fitzroyisland resort 🍹

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Some trees like to do things backwards ⏪ Located just a short drive from #Yungaburra on the @athertontablelands, this monster Curtain Fig Tree is estimated to be over 500 years old 😲🌳 Beginning as a seed dropped high in the canopy, the fig tree grows roots down towards the forest floor 🌱 Over time, these roots have strangled the host causing it to fall into a neighbouring tree 🍂 The vertical fig roots have formed a curtain-like appearance as the host trees rotted away, leaving a freestanding fig tree for you to admire 😍✨⁣

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We talk a lot about the incredible sunrises up here, but have you caught a moonrise like this one before? 🌕✨ This is just one of the spectacular sights awaiting you at @jarramali_rock_art_tours 🌅 Get on country with Western Yalanji Traditional Custodian Johnny to explore ancient rock art, learn about bush tucker & medicine as you see first hand how Indigenous people have interacted with the land for thousands of years 👣

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If only every day could finish on a high like this 💫 This month only @yagurlitours has teamed up with @balloonaloft to trial a hot air ballooning experience over spectacular Gulf country 🌅✨ 

@australia’s largest salt pans can be found in #Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria, country of the Gangalidda & Garawa peoples. This incredible tour teaches guests about connection to the land & how the intricate weave of patterns & textures below closely resemble the beautiful art they create 👣🎨

Tours are scheduled daily, so this is your last chance to experience the beauty of the outback from a balloon basket (for now at least 🤫) ☀️

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With the beach right at your doorstep, there’s no better place to catch a cool sunset than #PalmCove 🌅✨ Just a short 30 minute drive north of #Cairns, this tiny beachside village isn’t all about drop & flop 🌴🐚 Explore the town on foot, or choose a bike instead of car & buy fresh seafood for a sunset barbecue on the beach 🏖 You can hire a kayak & paddle right off the beach or take a tour to nearby Double Island 🍹🏝 The Palm Cove jetty is a great fishing spot, with plenty of Spanish mackerel, cod, whiting, stripeys & flathead to be caught 🎣
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After shooting to stardom on social media in 2016, the #CardwellSpaPool has remained one of the most famous stops in @tropicalcoastqueensland thanks to its beautiful blue waters 💙🌿

If you’ve ever wondered what causes these bright blue waters, we’re here to help! The science behind the colour can get a little complicated but geological experts suggest that the blue colour is from the chemistry of the rocks & water resulting in high levels of dissolved magnesium & calcium in the water 👩‍🔬

To get her & check it out for yourself, hop in the car & head about 2.5 hours south of #Cairns to #Cardwell & follow the Cardwell Forest Drive to the spa pool 🚙💦

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