Indigenous Activities & Tours Coming in 2024

Rossville Retreat is a 210-acre eco-friendly retreat in Cape York, Far North Queensland.

Rossville Retreat is passionate about introducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism to our guests, our Kuku Nyungkul traditional owners and Rirratjingu clan family members from Arnhem Land are keen to share their knowledge by facilitating traditional cultural activities including:

  • Welcome to Country ceremonies
  • Dreamtime story telling
  • Basket weaving or jewellery making for the ladies
  • Clap stick or spear making for the men
  • Yidaki (didgeridoo) lessons
  • Guided bush walks, hunting for bush tucker and “gorma” bush oven feasts

These activities are also available for school excursions or immersion retreats, please contact us to make arrangements.

Harold Tayley, well known as Mooks, is a Kuku Nyungkul elder and traditional owner of the country around Rossville Retreat.

Mooks was fortunate enough to evade the fate of the stolen generation, he stayed on country and learnt the old ways from his Grandparents and elder family members.

His Grandfather and Uncle put him through ceremony and passed onto him the power and tradition of the healer as it was practiced by his culture.

Mooks has worked as a healer since he was a young man and finds great joy in curing illnesses and helping people all over the world.

As a tour guide, Mooks has over 40 years’ experience and in Kuku Nyungkul language he is known as a ‘Kuku bugga’ which means he loves to talk.

Throughout his life Mooks has always practiced as a healer and communicator of traditional culture, helping people from all walks of life, to make a deeper connection to country.


Absolute hidden gem, we stayed two nights on our way to the tip. We were given a tour of the best swimming and fishing spots and the experience was great very relaxing with nobody around just the sound of the birds and the morning visit from a scrub turkey. Only minutes from the Lion’s Den so we were able to go for dinner but return avoiding the packed and noisy camp that comes with it. Very friendly owners that could not be more helpful. We will be back.

Daniel L