Indigenous culture tour organized by empowerment tourism company in North Queensland

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

North QueenslandEmpowerment tourism’ company Hands on Journeys have introduced a new immersive Cairns and Port Douglas tour that combines sightseeing with getting to know indigenous culture.

Established in 2015, this tourism company currently runs empowerment tourism tours to Cambodia, Vietnam and India, but founder Simla Sooboodoo said that integrating regions of Australia was always on the cards for the group. Sooboodoo said, “Launching the empowerment tourism concept in Australia was a natural progression for Hands on Journeys.”

Empowerment tourism differs from ‘voluntourism’. Travellers in developing countries are often faced with the reality of people living in poverty and lacking the kinds of opportunity that most travellers take for granted. While most feel sorry, they don’t know what they can do personally to help these people.

This latest offering in regional Australia intends to both celebrate and work with indigenous communities bringing something unique and special to market. The tour, which will span five days and four nights, will focus on empowering local indigenous communities while also learning about the local history and culture in world-class tourism sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and Mossman Gorge.


The indigenous immersion is predominantly about spending time with local communities, learning to cook traditional fare, and learning about the culture. Simla has personally met each and every individual from these communities and been granted permission by the Elders to bring tours to their lands. The first Australian tour launches on Saturday 18 November.


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