The Port Douglas and Daintree region has been awarded the top ‘Best of Culture & Communities’ Award for the work of Mossman Gorge Centre at the 2020 Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards.
The region’s Indigenous eco-tourism development serving the Mossman Gorge World Heritage site was chosen for its leadership in protecting the culture and traditions of its local community and avoiding overtourism.
Mossman Gorge Centre offers one of Australia’s most authentic Aboriginal experiences – the Dreamtime Walk, which gives guests exclusive access to Kuku Yalanji country where they learn about the ancient rainforest, traditional plant uses and culture.
“We are immensely proud to receive this prestigious award for the Port Douglas and Daintree region and Mossman Gorge Centre,” said Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia’s CEO Grant Hunt.
“Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in Australia where visitors can gain a genuine insight into the lives and culture of Australia’s Indigenous population. As well as facilitating this, our thriving visitor centre also delivers significant economic, employment and training opportunities for the local Kuku Yalanji people.
“To be singled out for best practice in protecting local culture and tradition is a great source of pride for us at Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, and a testament to the passion and hard work of the Mossman Gorge Centre team.”