Discover Indigenous Australia in northern Queensland’s Olkola country
Olkola people would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land in which we travel through and our partnership with Eastern Kuku Yalanji, Rinyiirru and Agnarra People Traditional Owners.
Journey to the heart of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula as guests of the Olkola people - the Traditional Owners of over one million hectares of biodiverse savannah woodlands, river systems, lagoons and rocky escarpments northwest of Laura. The Olkola regained control over their country in 2014 and will guide you on a unique journey to learn about the stories of their country, the uses of plants and animals, and their work as land managers to keep these pristine landscapes healthy. From your base camp at Killarney station you will venture out to special places, see the signs of an ancient Olkola culture etched into the rocks and trees. Enjoy spotting the abundant birdlife along the way before coming back to enjoy a hot shower, home cooked meals, billy tea and yarns around the campfire. Add in some amazing outback sunsets, serene forest streams and a new way of seeing the world though Aboriginal eyes and you have one of Australia’s most unique cultural and travel experiences.
- Join the Olkola people's long journey home, and help them preserve their culture and landscape by building a sustainable future through eco-tourism
- Be part of the rediscovery of almost two million acres of traditional Olkola land on a pioneering adventure, where every day can bring a new surprise or unpredictable encounter
- Journey through a living cultural landscape, an incredible environment that gains greater meaning through authentic experiences and authentic stories from the traditional custodians
- Their return to country helps safeguard the history and knowledge of the Olkola people and their lands – learn about the backbone of their culture firsthand
- The Olkola land remains the same untouched wilderness that their ancestors walked, so accommodation is basic bush camping with basic facilities, but in a unique environment, under incredibly clear, star-filled skies.
- This is a truly remote region, home to the world’s largest unbroken savanna and still being explored by the Olkola and invited scientists – there is no Wi-Fi and no phone coverage. This is an ultimate bush experience.
- This is still the start of the Olkola people’s story back home, the beginning of them willingly opening up the land to the outside and their time as a tour operator. Therefore the itinerary is subject to change as methods are tested and improved.
- The Olkola people’s culture and history is incredibly important to them, and they want to share it with the outside world. To be part of this is a privilege and requires sensitivity and patience towards guides and staff.
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Our Journey into Olkola Country trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
authentic experience, not a well travelled tourist path, excellent guides/drivers, indigenous contact with real locals not trained guides, wonderful bird life ,
Review submitted 28 Oct 2015
I love Intrepid for its cultural and social awareness! It's not just a sales pitch! Fascinating destinations, and often unavailable from other providers.
Review submitted 16 Oct 2015