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An Aborigine Encounter in Australia

When I heard the subject for October’s Travel link up, hosted by Emma, Kelly, Rebecca and their guest host, Molly, I really had to wrack my brains as to what I would write about.
You see, the subject was the most interesting character you’ve met whilst travelling. Mr Silver and I spend most of our trips gazing romantically into each others eyes, oblivious to all of those around us (joke btw!). The occasional rather drunken chat with other couples makes little impression on my memory; the gap-year back packers that we met while touring Australia were forgettable and most tour guide encounters were so fleeting that we didn’t have a chance to get their back story.
I toyed with writing about some of the amazing animal encounters that we’ve have…

 

 

 

But that wasn’t quite on subject.
I asked Mr S what he thought I should write about and he suggested telling the tale of an Aboriginal encounter that we’d had whilst staying in the Great Barrier Reef. It was a brillant idea but unfortunately, I’d already told the story once before on my blog.
But that was before anyone had found my little space on the Internet…so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to tell it again…with a few more details…
Though my style of travel involves a suitcase full of shoes rather than a backpack loaded with maps, water purifiers and a travel towel, I still like have an adventure. One problem with luxury travel is that you when you have incredible accommodation, fabulous service and very easy transportation the journey loses it’s adventure. Having said that I’m a pretty nervous person: I have no head for heights, I hate creepy crawlies and I’m kind of scared of getting in the sea. Well you never know what lurks within…
As I’ve got older, I’ve tried to over come these fears by pushing myself out of my comfort zone in order to experience some of the incredible adventures and journeys that the countries I’ve visited have to offer.
While we in Queensland, Mr S and I arranged for tour of the beach but we had no idea what we were in for…
Meet Linc Walker.
Linc and his brother Brandon run the Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours and offer a range of tours exploring fishing grounds of Cooya Beach, the national Parks of Port Douglas and the Mossman Gorge and Daintree River.
The brothers come from the Kuku Yalanji people who are indigenous to Australia and originate from the Rainforest regions of far North Queensland. Growing up in Britain, we learn little of Australian history and Mr S and I became fascinated by ย it during our five week trip to Oz. It was incredible to meet a ‘real-life’ aborigine and to hear more about his culture.
Today, Linc would be giving us a tour of Cooya Beach; the tour was really just an example of how Linc spends his daily life hunting, gathering and caring for the land. He has an incredibly strong determination to preserve his ancient culture and keep it relevant in the 21st century.
The morning started with us climbing into Linc’s boat and speeding away to the mudflats and mangrove trees…
Despite pre-booking this experience we had no idea what was actually going to happen and we sped away from the shore listening to Linc explain about his culture and the local nature and wildlife. Occasionally he flung his spear in the water, trying to catch a fish for our lunch.
Soon we stopped at a dense area of Mangroves….
‘Right everybody out’ said Linc
What?!?
But what about the crocodiles, sharks, and poisonous spiders….
‘Ah, you’ll probably be alright’ said Linc.
Well and truly out of my comfort zone, I gingerly stepped into the water.

 

With mud and water up to my knees, this was not time to be a princess!
Angie, I can’t believe you’re doing this! We usually see you swanning about in heels with a glass of champagne in your hand!!
Linc showed us the traditional way of gathering fish. That is sticking your hands into mud holes and foraging for mussels, clams and whelks. Well, I could forget about my manicure!
That being said, I had an absolutely fantastic time! The only thing I was scared of was a spider falling on to my head. But, that didn’t happen. After gathering our spoils we headed back to the shore where Linc gave Mr Silver a lesson in how to throw a spear.
Linc’s house was very close by and we headed back there and enjoyed damper (a type of Australian soda bread) while Linc prepared the shellfish that we’d caught for our lunch. As he prepared everything he showed us various artifacts that he had around his house as well as telling us even more about his culture.
So there you have it: the day Mr Silver and I met an aborigine and visited his house.
Have you ever pushed yourself out of your comfort zone while travelling?
  • I am always very scared of being out of my comfort zone, especially when poisonous animals are involved! But when you do, you end up with amazing memories like these – thanks for sharing!. Now I really want to learn how to throw a spear…

    • When we decided to go to Australia I was really scared of what we might encounter there but everyone told us you're very unlikely to meet poisonous snakes and spiders. it's still scary it think what might be lurking around!!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Great story! I think I would probably have been a little out of my comfort zone there too…..I'm not good with creepy crawlies! Fascinating to go back to his house and get to talk more, though. Thanks for linking up!

    • Mr S was more scared of crocodiles and I was so worried about spiders that neither of us even thought of snakes. The whole experience was really interesting though!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a great experience! It's always good to learn about a culture away from those "cultural Disneyland" shows. You look fab even without the heels!

    • I know what you mean, some tours don't give you a real experience but this really did! Thanks for reading!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I'd definitely be out of my comfort zone there, but it looks like an amazing experience! x

    • Thank you, it really was. I loved writing this and looking back on it.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This sounds like such a great day! I love foraging through woods and rivers, but I'd definitely be scared of poisonous things!

    • It was really fun, though I never thought that splashing about in mud would be!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That koala bear is so cute! Have heard they can be grumpy

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • As they only live on leaves they're apparently always tired. It just seemed docile and sleepy.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That's a great experience to have while in Australia learning about the history and ways of the indigenous people. At least Mr. Silver now knows how to throw a spear in case you are stuck on a deserted island somewhere. And how great is damper – we have that in New Zealand as well!

    • Oh yes, we certainly will be prepared if ever marooned! The damper was great, we need to introduce them to our British afternoon teas!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a way to explore Australia – and to round the day off with damper!! (Can you tell I was a girl guide?)

    • I loved getting what felt like a really authentic experience!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That sounds so fun!! How was lunch? I think I'll stick with my luxury travel adventures and come here when I want to live vicariously through your real adventures!

    xxChristie
    http://www.KiKiMac.me

    • The lunch was great, he cooked it very simply in a bit of butter. I love my luxury too ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You're definitely braver than me… I barely go in the sea when on holiday!!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

    • Me too, ever since my friend was badly stung by a jelly fish I've been scared to go in the sea. I dip a toe in every now and then!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • loveandlimoncello.com

    Such a beautiful way to get to grips with Australia. I always think learning about a new place via the people is such a beautiful way to get to grips with the true culture.

    xx

    • Absolutely! I wish I did more of it, like I said, I really struggled to think of someone! Looking forward to hearing about your hols!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • How brave to wade the waters in Australia. You never know what's hiding underneath the waterline.

    • I know…now I think back to I don't know how I was brave enough.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and getting involved.. I love that! awesome

    • I was really proud of myself! Mr S said I should have a gold sticker ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Elephants and Koalas- a dream come true! Animals are most definitely interesting characters to meet! Great post Angie x

    • Thank you! It's incredible to have a real-life encounter with those animals. The picture of us with the koala is in the zoo but we saw them in the wild too!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That looks like a lot of fun! x

    • An experience I look back on with very fond memories.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I actually can't believe you did that Angie! I'm so proud! Were you bare foot too?!

    Katie <3

    • Thanks love! I think when you're presented with no real choice you just have to get on with it! I was barefoot…I got lots of scratches on my legs but it was worth it. Some of the photos made my laugh as it was before I got my eyebrows tinted…I look like I don't have eyebrows (which I don't!!)
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • i can see myself in your story… Mr P loves these little 'wife tests' too! Well done for getting out of the boat, I would have struggled…

    • Lol! I was sort of caught between a rock and a hard place! I had to give it a go!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Love the elephants!!!! I can't wait to be with them up close. how cool!
    francesca

    Frank Vinyl