On Country with Drew at Malanda Falls Conservation Park

It was on a Lake Barrine half day adventure where we first heard there was a guided rainforest walk that started at the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre. Our guests raved about the walk and the guide so we decided after hearing about it that we had to go and experience it for ourselves! So it was appropriate that it was following another wonderful Lake Barrine paddle that we and a group of friends headed to Malanda to experience it for ourselves. Drew Morta warmly welcomed us to his country when we arrived and we knew that we were in for a treat and we certainly weren’t disappointed!

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Drew is from the local Ngadjon-ji Tribe, he’s been the indigenous guide here for the last 8 years, and he follows in the footsteps of his Grandfather - Ernie Raymont, who was the guide here before him. Time stood still as he invited us to imagine the world as his ancestors knew it. Drew showed and told us about their ways, how they lived, collected (often poisonous) rainforest fruits and the incredible way they processed them for use, as well as traditional uses of the local flora and fauna. We’re not going to give away any more than that, you’ll have to go on the tour for yourself.

It was a privilege to have had Drew as our guide, he generously and unassumingly shared his deep knowledge of local history, his culture and the environment. He adeptly answered all kinds of questions, and believe me we had a lot. So, if you’re heading to Malanda, then this guided walk is one we highly recommend going on – but you have to be sure to book in advance or you might miss out!