Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture on a day cruise from Meeanjin (Brisbane CBD) to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and back. Experience tribal song, dance, creation stories, traditional local language, weaving and native fine foods.
A day you will remember.
Aboriginal culture day from Brisbane CBD.
Cultural activities sharing ancient skills.
Local people to show you around.
Native tastes and local seasonal foods.
Tribal song and dance.
Our day starts at Meeanjin (the Aboriginal word for Brisbane), as we take part in the ancient Aboriginal ceremony of stating our business to, and being welcomed by, the local First Nation - Brisbane’s traditional occupants, the Yuggera People.
On board we wind our way down Maiwar (the majestic and powerful Brisbane River), past the impressive Story Bridge, startling Kangaroo Point Cliffs, beautiful waterside homes and the burgeoning Port of Brisbane.
As we enjoy the natural and man-made wonders of Yuggera Country, Yuggera guides, from the internationally-acclaimed Nunukul Yuggera Dance Group, share Dreaming stories of their river, its cliffs and flood plains. From Maiwar we leave traditional Yuggera Country and cruise into Quandamooka waters (Moreton Bay) on our way to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) – the sand island rising out of the sea in the distance. We are now in Quandamooka Country, the traditional lands and waters of the Quandamooka People for well over 20,000 years. This coastal wonderland abounds with beauty and enchanting islands.
As the glorious Quandamooka waters unfold around us and Minjerribah’s sand hills beckon, we join in traditional Aboriginal experiences such as an intimate weaving circle, speaking a local Aboriginal language, didgeridoo playing and appreciating Indigenous artefacts. These Quandamooka waters support a rich diversity of fish, sharks, reptiles, marine mammals and other animals. This includes 1154 fish and 143 coral species. Six of the world’s seven turtles are found here. Resident or visiting marine mammals are plentiful - eight species of dolphin (two resident), five species of whale and the dugong. Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) is one of the world’s last great dugong areas. Look out for dolphins, dugong, or even a whale, as we cross.
At Minjerribah - Yura! We are welcomed by the Quandamooka People with a traditional smoking ceremony. It is apparent we are in a remarkable place, the world’s second largest sand island. Minjerribah’s neighbour, Mulgumpin or Moreton Island, is the third largest and also part of Quandamooka Country. Further north is the world’s largest sand island, the World Heritage Fraser Island. Gold, Silver and Bronze to Queensland’s amazing sand islands. Indigenous cultural heritage is found all over Minjerribah and its surrounds. The evidence points to over 20,000 years of continuous occupation and land and sea use by the Quandamooka People. There are currently over 1000 known cultural heritage sites across Quandamooka Country. This includes shell middens, stone artefact scatters, stone artefact quarries, burials, scarred trees, earthen ceremonial rings, story places, pathways, and stone fish traps. More are being found all the time. In this stunning location, overlooking the bay, we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch.
Our day, including lunch, is catered by specialist Quandamooka chef, Kieron Anderson. Fresh local seafood and Quandamooka tastes of native bush honey, also known as sugarbag, and pandanus palm fruit are supplemented with indigenous flavours sourced from further afield such as quandong, kangaroo, emu egg and native finger lime. After lunch just enjoy the view or join in optional activities like boomerang throwing, a guided walk and wildlife sighting. Then the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dance Group will interpret traditional Quandamooka songs. Minjerribah and Mulgumpin contain many similar special habitats, including mangroves, wetlands, freshwater lakes, rainforests and old growth forests. Their ancient wetlands are unique in such a dynamic coastal environment. They are protected and internationally acknowledged. About 50,000 migratory shorebirds, using the East Asia-Australasian Flyway, turn up at the Quandamooka-Moreton Bay wetlands each year. The Bay also provides habitat for 31 protected migratory wader species.
After a unique day in a unique place, enjoy a leisurely return cruise to Yuggera Country (Brisbane city). Aboriginal artwork and gifts can be purchased.
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