About Ingan

ABOUT US

Ingan Tours is an Australian company that is 100% Aboriginal owned by the Grant family in Tully, North Queensland.

When you experience culture in Tropical North Queensland you open a gateway to the unique and authentic cultures of the Rainforest Aboriginal People.

We are the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people from the Davidson Valley region situated halfway between the cities of Cairns and Townsville and only 45 minutes south-west of Mission Beach. Our people have a deep relationship with the land and have always believed to have been a part of the land not apart from it. Experience and immerse yourself in our beliefs, culture, language and traditional lands by booking one of our authentic tours or cultural activities which are great for school excursions and cross cultural awareness or simply to enjoy the beauty of our local rainforest and culture.

For thousands of years our Ancestors have walked through the rainforest across mountainous regions, creeks and rivers via Aboriginal trading routes to hunt and gather together for ceremonial rituals and marriages with neighbouring tribal communities. These trading routes proved as an essential resource that sustained life for our people. In Far North Queensland alone early explorers recorded and confirmed these trading routes through their research and expedition work.

Our tours and educational programs provide insight to how life was for our people before contact from the outside world. We offer a range of quality cultural products from hiking, weaving, bush tucker, string making, mountain trekking to student educational tours which journey you through some of the tropical north’s breath taking views of World Heritage Protected Rainforest.
Walk in the footsteps of our Ancestors, weave a bracelet, paint your face, throw a boomerang, catch a fish, come face to face with a cassowary, set up camp and eat some Aboriginal cuisine (bush tucker).
Let us inspire you by viewing the world through our eyes…

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INGAN TOURS

We are the Jabanbarra Jirrbal people and our land extends from the Tully river area and within the Davidson Creek area in the southern coastal area and extends north west into the Tablelands up to the Herberton area.

Our people have been living in harmony with the environment for thousands of years and this has occurred through a deep relationship with the land.  Our relationship with the land helps define who we are as tribal communities and individuals. We know who we are and where we come from, we know the special places and the stories behind them.

Our people used a vast, sophisticated network of walking trails to collect food, attend ceremonial and social gatherings, and interact with the more than 20 groups that made up the Rainforest Aboriginal people of the Wet Tropics. These walking trails governed every aspect of Jirrbal society, with specific laws dictating trail use according to purpose and season.
 
It is these traditional and authentic trading routes that we base our tourism and educational experiences around and to share with visitors from all over the world to “walk in the footsteps of our Ancestors”… to sense a cultural and spiritual connection to the land, which we have been custodians for thousands of years.

OUR BELIEFS

Ingan tours actively believes in and promotes:

  • Preserving the environment
  • Recapturing and preserving our peoples traditions and knowledge in living with the land, and living off the land
  • Teaching and sharing our knowledge with others
Our activities:
  • Talks to school groups about our culture
  • A range of Workshops on traditional Basket Weaving, String making, Bead collecting, jewellery making, and traditional hunting techniques
  • Cross Cultural Awareness Workshops
  • 5 Day educational program for university groups and education institutes.
  • Employment and training programs
  • Cultural Education Activities
  • Entertainment and Event management