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TOURISM TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND Tourism Tropical North Queensland is the region’s official Destination Marketing Organisation and offers a variety of services for both consumers and trade. For more information about the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region visit Tourism Tropical North Queensland at www.tropicalaustralia.com or email marketing@tnq.org.au. & Wetland Charters. It’s a unique way to explore an untouched natural world, with interpretation and insight from the Wik and Wik Way people. Save the turtles Cape York Turtle Rescue is all about the Indigenous people of Cape York working to save the dwindling turtle population of the Western Cape. The campsite at Janie Creek, about 80 kilometres north of Weipa, offers accommodation in quality tent-cabins on raised platforms with modern bush camping facilities. A chance to work alongside local Aboriginal Rangers and Wildlife Offi cers as they tag and measure nesting turtles. A royal connection South of Cairns, the Great Green Way Eco Tours are guided by Aboriginal botanist, Warren Whitfi eld, the direct descendant of King Bungaree (King of Sydney, the fi rst individual person to be called an Australian and the fi rst Aboriginal person to be made King). The educational tours from Cairns look at all aspects of ecology and how the local vegetation has evolved. The Great Green Way Eco Tours gives you a good general overview of Aboriginal culture including fi re management, bush foods, and plants used for medicines. Situated south west of Tully, the newly-established Echo Adventure & Cultural Experience Cultural Centre offers a guided walk through virgin rainforest to Echo Creek Falls with local Aboriginal people. Off to the islands More than 200 islands make up the Torres Strait Islands, each with a distinct culture and, in some circumstances, even language. The different islands also have their own unique dances showcasing magnifi cent feather head-dresses and traditional costumes. Add to this the inspiring coral cays, uninhabited reefs and crystal clear waters, and you have the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure. QantasLink fl ies from Cairns to Horn Island, with charter fl ights available on to Poruma, Yorke (Masig) and Warraber islands. www.aurukunwetlandcharters.com www.bamaway.com.au www.djabugaytours.com.au www.echoadventure.com.au www.fi resticktours.com.au www.tjapukai.com.au www.yalanji.com.au J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 25

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