Swish, cosmopolitan and delightfully laid-back, Port Douglas is an ideal stepping off point for trips to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, and to connect with authentic indigenous culture.
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Aboriginal dot painting workshop
Mossman, Queensland, Australia|www.janbalgallery.com.au
If the term ‘art gallery’ conjures up images of white rooms and hushed voices, then far north Queensland will blow your mind. The Daintree Rainforest offers a rare opportunity to connect to a rich indigenous artistic tradition – whether you take a painting workshop, explore some ancient rock art sites or listen to the Dreamtime stories that inspire indigenous painters today.
Nothing speaks ‘Aboriginal art’ more than its world-renowned ‘dot painting’. The Aboriginal-owned Janbal Art Gallery in Mossman offers workshops that will teach you the craft, while explaining its role in the local culture with some engaging local storytelling. You can choose a canvas or a boomerang.
And if you don’t like your own creation, you can pop into the art gallery proper and buy an expert, original piece after…
Getting there & doing it
Janbal Gallery is located in the heart of Mossman and easy to find – just past the local shire council offices.
When to do it
The painting workshops operate all year round, from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
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