Based in far north Queensland Guurrbi Tours offers small group tours to a number of Aboriginal rock art sites and other places of spiritual significance to indigenous people. The company was founded by Willie Gordon, Nugal-warra Elder and Guugu Yimithirr speaker, who is passionate about his Aboriginal culture and spirituality; much of his knowledge was handed down by his father. As a small boy Willie would accompany him on hunting trips, learning about the land, its bush tucker, bush medicines and stories. Launched in 2003, Guurbi Tours is recognised as one of Australia’s must-do experiences, and his small business has received a host of accolades, including the Gnunkai Best Indigenous Tour Guide Award. Willie takes his guests to six rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent Cave and the ancestral Birth Site where his father and grandfather were born. Here he explains the significance of the paintings and the stories behind the art, giving his guests a unique insight into Aboriginal philosophy and spirituality. As you walk the ancient tracks used by the Nugal people for centuries, Willie shares his vast knowledge of local bush tucker and medicines, creatures which forecast the weather, flowers which give messages, leaves which make soap and how to interpret snake tracks. No two tours are ever the same.
*February 2017 – Since writing this post, Willie Gordon owner/operator of Guurrbi Tours has announced his retirement and Guurrbi Tours will no longer be operating. We would like to thank Willie for looking after our guests and sharing his knowledge and culture with us and wish Willie all the best in his retirement.