Ancient Journeys opened in November 2018 and is located right on the Cairns Esplanade in the heart of the Cairns art precinct. Their shop consists of 172 square metres of art, crafts, cultural and tourist information for those visiting the Cairns region. The shop has two entry points, one from the esplanade and the other via a 30 square metre courtyard that backs onto the old Courthouse Hotel which the Cairns Regional Council has redeveloped into an arts incubator and gallery. Ancient Journeys sources and retails a wide variety of high-quality arts, crafts made by Indigenous artists primarily from the Gulf but also from other parts of Australia.
Ancient Journeys is wholly owned by the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT) – an Aboriginal-owned social enterprise located in Cairns and has been operating since 1989. ADBT is one of the most capable economic development organisations in the country.
Cairns is recognised as an important location for art in general and has a strong focus on Aboriginal art and culture. Cairns has a number of art and craft galleries and retailers. Ancient Journeys is 100% Aboriginal owned and deals ethically with Indigenous art centres and artists.