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Brisbane: First Nations experiences

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Whilst visiting Brisbane, embark on an immersive journey through First Nations art, storytelling, performance, and food. Brisbane City and the surrounding regions are home to an array of experiences and events that embrace First Nations culture and history, from inner-city galleries to rural retreats. Learn more about Brisbane’s rich First Nations heritage and influence with these experiences.

QAGOMA’s First Artists: Cultural Experiences

Celebrate and connect with First Nations art and culture at QAGOMA’s (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art) immersive First Artists: Cultural Experiences program. Developed in collaboration with Brisbane-founded Blaklash Creative, the program offers two unique and enriching experiences that hero First Nations art, music, native food, dance, culture, and storytelling. The  Exceptional Indigenous Art & Dining Experience  begins with a powerful Welcome to Country and a private after-hours tour of the gallery’s artworks with a First Nations storyteller, artist, and curator before hosting a dinner created by Koori Chef Chris Jordan in collaboration with QAGOMA’s Head Chef, Aaron Holt. The  Evening Indigenous Experience  also features a private tour and culinary delights from the two chefs as well as an interactive, hands-on activity led by a local First Nations artist. 

Yarriba Dreaming

Reconnect in nature on a three-day immersion tour of Mount Barney Lodge in the Scenic Rim, a destination recently crowned by  Lonely Planet  as one of the Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit. Led by Gurruhmun ‘Old Man Kangaroo’, a Ugarapul and Bidjara Man, the tour offers a rare opportunity to participate in cultural practices and experiences including a traditional smoking ceremony, storytelling around an ancient birthing water hole, bush tucker sampling and hunting skills including spear and boomerang throwing. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of First Nations Australian culture and practices and a spiritual connection to the idyllic landscape.

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Delvene Cockatoo Collins Art

Proud Quandamooka woman and artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins creates art and designs textiles and clothing to express the stories of her family’s lived experiences on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah. Delvene’s artwork, handprinted homewares, sculptures and ceramics can be viewed and purchased from her retail store and studio in Dunwich/Goompi. Experience Minjerribah through the artist’s eyes with a three-hour cultural experience that includes a walking tour of the Island’s public art and a workshop where you can create your own art to take home. 

Nyanda Cultural Tours

Tour Nudgee Waterhole Reserve under the knowledgeable guidance of members of the Jagera people and experience First Nations storytelling, a smoke ceremony, weaving and cultural demonstrations. Sample traditional bush foods including wattle seed damper with rosella, wild lime, and lilly pilly jams and Nyanda’s special lemon myrtle cordial. Through hands-on experiences, traditions, and customs, you can forge a strong connection to First Nations culture and understand the significance of the waterholes to the Jagera people. Tours operate daily by appointment between 9am and 4pm. 

Dreamtime Kullilla‑Art

Dreamtime Kullilla-Art is a family-owned and operated art gallery in the Redcliffe Peninsula fostering respect and appreciation for First Nations culture through art and craft. The store has a range of authentic products created by local artists and craftspeople such as boomerangs, books, medicines, bush tucker, digeridoos, and accessories available for purchase. Resident artist Michael Connolly is often in-store, crafting his range of beautiful artworks on canvas, didgeridoos, bark, and other items and is always happy to spin a story or offer an exclusive tour of his studio space. Open Monday to Saturday. 

Blackcard Cultural Tours   

Walk in the footsteps of First Nations ancestors through the heart of Brisbane City with Blackcard Cultural Tours. Choose from one of its three unique tour offerings: the 90-minute Brisbane Aboriginal Cultural Tour, Kurilpa Point and Cultural Precinct Walking Tour or the three-hour Cultural Tour and Weaving Session with Bush Tucker Tasting. Learn about Brisbane’s public collection of First Nations art and discover hidden gems on these memorable and eye-opening tours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your drink bottle, hat, and camera.

Yura Tours - Cultural Picnic Experience on Minjerribah.

Embrace the rich First Nations culture at North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah on one of three packed Yura Tours itineraries. Engage in the Sand Beneath my Feet Cultural Walk and follow in the footsteps of the Island’s Quandamooka ancestors as you learn about their traditions. The tour takes you on an easy walk along the beach to Adder Rock for the South‑Passage Dreamtime Story. The Minjerribah Cultural Experience - Driving Tour begins with a beautiful Welcome to Country before exploring the Island and connecting you to Country. Learn about Minjerribah creation stories and its beautiful flora and fauna on the Land-Based Cultural Walking Tour. Depending on the time of year, you may spot the magical yallingbilla (whale) on their annual migration or spy native dolphins, kangaroos, and turtles. 

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Aboriginal Art Co.

Located in South Brisbane near the Cultural Precinct, Aboriginal Art Co. is a First Nations led and managed space that encompasses a retail shop, boutique gallery, outdoor courtyard, and artist-in-residence studio. The one-of-a-kind multi-purpose space and meeting place invites visitors to connect with First Nations art and artists and explore the rich diversity and authentic history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and artistic expression. First Nations art, prints, sculptures, gifts, and clothing, you’ll find it all in the one location. 

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Cultural Experiences with Matt Burns

Matthew Burns exudes a profound bond with Quandamooka Country, driven by his passion to pass on its stories and wisdom. With a heart devoted to sharing his culture, Matt enlightens over 7,000 individuals annually across North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah and the Redlands Coast/Quandamooka. His offerings cater to all ages, featuring engaging activities like boomerang workshops, traditional smoking ceremonies, Goompi trails, and more, which unveil the cultural treasures of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah. Join Matt on a journey of discovery, where each experience promises to deepen your connection to Quandamooka Country's rich heritage and timeless spirit. 

Djawun “Home Country” Tour  

Experience an enriching tour with artist and traditional Custodian of Jinibara Country, Jason Murphy. Discover the land's cultural history as Jason shares insights during this eight-hour adventure. After pickup, enjoy coffee and sparkling iced tea at Cubby House Coffee before travelling to Mt Mee Lookout for breathtaking views. You will then learn about traditional hunting and gathering practices at D'Aguilar National Park. Finally, savour a two-course culinary experience at Ocean View Estate, which is inspired by native ingredients. This incredible adventure fosters a deep connection to First Nations culture, inviting you to embrace the essence of Jinibara Country.

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See a new side of spectacular South East Queensland with an Aboriginal guide.

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Discover how Aboriginal cultures have thrived for millennia in Brisbane/Meanjin (mee-an-jin), the Sunshine Coast and surrounds.

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Enjoy a tasty introduction to native Australian ingredients in delicious dishes in a one-of-a-kind floating feast.

Challenge misconceptions

Perhaps you didn’t expect this corner of Australia to have such a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage. Learn the lesser-known stories of Brisbane/Meanjin and beyond on an Aboriginal experience.

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Develop your understanding of Aboriginal identity, history and more during an empowering cultural cruise around the Sunshine Coast.

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Immerse yourself in Indigenous cultures on a Traditional Owner-led cruise on the peaceful Mooloolah River, including a delicious bush tucker-inspired lunch.

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Starry Nights: Aboriginal tours that offer overnight immersion

Daytime visits to Australia’s most culturally significant sites inspire when you’re in the company of an Aboriginal guide, but multi-day trips can take your experience to the next level. Here are just some of the Discover Aboriginal Experiences’ that take you on an overnight adventure. By Natasha Dragun

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Exclusive places you can only visit with an Aboriginal guide

As vast and open as Australia is, pockets of the country are inaccessible because their sacred status requires they be visited only with an Aboriginal guide. This not only offers exclusivity, but also takes you on an immersive journey into Indigenous histories and cultures, with insights that reveal just how wide, wonderful and ancient Australia really is. By Natasha Dragun

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5 uniquely Australian experiences for culture-loving couples

Date night in Australia isn’t limited to dinner and a movie. If you’re looking to spice things up, grab your partner and try one of these experiences spotlighting Indigenous cultures. By Natasha Dragun

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15 Apr 2024

Issue seven of Connect to Country out now

In this edition we feature a new luxury Tiwi Islands Escape and highlight some of the incredible Aboriginal-led experiences available in Broome. We highlight movie locations where you can learn some older, epic tales from the Traditional Owners of the land and then take the plunge into some special swimming spots, where culture and heritage collide.

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Discover Australia’s newest World Heritage Site

Australia’s newest World Heritage Site reveals the 6,600-year-old ingenuity of the Gunditjmara people. By Natasha Dragun

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23 Jan 2024

How to experience regenerative travel on an Aboriginal tour

More than ever, tourists are conscious of the impact their presence has on the landscapes they visit – particularly when they’re travelling to fragile, far-flung environments. Welcome to ‘regenerative travel’, the concept of leaving a place better than you found it and the next step in sustainable travel.

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3 unexpected Aboriginal experiences in Queensland

Spanning immense distances and ecosystems – from the Torres Strait Islands at the top of the state to the outback, rainforest and reef – Queensland’s Indigenous cultures are diverse. Needless to say, the experiences you can have on Country are eye-opening, and often unexpected. By Natasha Dragun

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How to explore Queensland in, on and beside the water – with Indigenous guides

From the Great Barrier Reef to Mossman Gorge, much of life in Queensland revolves around the water. The state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities reveal their strong connections to the state’s rivers, waterfalls, oceans and inlets.

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Understanding Aboriginal etiquette

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Did you know it’s impolite in Aboriginal cultures to look someone directly in the eye? Or that shaking hands isn’t always the done thing? How about that it’s taboo for women to play the didgeridoo?

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Meet the women leading the Aboriginal tourism charge

Much of the growth in Aboriginal cultural tourism has happened in the years since Sydney/Warrane hosted the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and many credit Aunty Margret Campbell with spearheading the movement. An Elder from New South Wales’ Dunghutti-Jerrinja Nation, Margret has seen a huge shift in awareness over the last two decades.

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Discover Aboriginal Experiences launches 4 member case studies on sustainable tourism for Earth Day 2024

A collective of quality, authentic, Aboriginal-guided tourism offerings, Discover Aboriginal Experiences (DAE) is delighted to launch four case studies on collective members going to extraordinary lengths when it comes to sustainable tourism, whether that relates to protecting the environment, community, culture – or all three.

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Discover Aboriginal Experiences launches exciting trade and media offerings

Journalists and trade can take a deep dive into the DAE collective via the freshly launched 2024 Discover Aboriginal Experiences Media Kit, which contains a comprehensive portfolio of stories and ideas to inspire features and offer insights into Australia’s rich history and the world’s oldest living cultures.

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Discover Aboriginal Experiences welcomes five new members

From Broome in Western Australia to a World Heritage-listed site in Victoria, the five newest members in the Discover Aboriginal Experiences portfolio offer a range of eye-opening experiences lasting from a few hours to a few days.

As custodians of the land, Anangu hold the Mala story from Kaltukatjara to Uluru. To share their story from Kaltukatjara to Uluru, RAMUS designed and produced an artistic platform using drones, light and sound to create an immersive storytelling experience.

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We were there when Wintjiri Wiru launched in May this year, and enjoyed a fascinating panel discussion about the show.

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Meet our newest member: Mandingalbay Authentic Indigenous Tours

From Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Indigenous rangers take guests on an immersive ride to explore this country through Aboriginal eyes.

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5 globally sought-after travel experiences elevated by Aboriginal guides

Australia lays claim to a world-renowned suite of tourism experiences. But it’s not as well known that many of these bucket-list activities can be experienced with an Aboriginal guide.

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Uncover the deep cultural significance of Aboriginal place names

For more than 65,000 years, Aboriginal place names have carried knowledge passed down through generations. They’re symbolic of the Indigenous relationships to, and appreciation for, the land and water.

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Frequently asked questions.

The name of the collective was informed by the strong international recognition of the term ‘Aboriginal’ and its association with Australia, though all references to Aboriginal peoples on the Discover Aboriginal Experiences website should be assumed to include Torres Strait Islander peoples where relevant.

Aboriginal Australia is made up of dozens of different 'Nations’, each with their own culture, customs, language and laws. This means that no two Aboriginal experiences are the same, so you’re guaranteed to learn something new on each and every tour, from ancient sustainability practices to cultural stories linked to the local landscape.  

There’s also an incredible diversity of Aboriginal experiences to choose from. Whether you prefer relaxed walking tours, or an exhilarating quad-biking adventure is more your style, Aboriginal tour options come in all shapes and sizes, and last from less than an hour to multiple days.

The Australian outback is well known for its Aboriginal experiences, but you don’t have to go bush, as we say in Australia, to get a taste of Aboriginal cultures. Aboriginal experiences are available all over the country, all year round, including in major cities.

Aboriginal experiences offer fantastic opportunities for families of all kinds to learn together and bond, with many experiences including hands-on activities young ones will love.  

Aboriginal guides are warm, welcoming and extremely generous of spirit. They are also incredible storytellers, with a knack for bringing landscapes to life through evocative tales bound to enthral kids big and small.

Cultural exchange is at the heart of Aboriginal experiences, with questions welcomed on all tours. Your guides may not always have the answers, but no questions are off-limits if posed respectfully.

Remember to ask permission before taking photographs of Aboriginal people or cultural sites.

Simply search for tours on the Discover Aboriginal Experiences website, then click through to book directly with the operator.

Many Aboriginal operators are equipped to cater to guests with restricted mobility and other special needs. Most companies also offer private tours that can be tailored to your needs; enquire directly with the operators.

Tours and experiences offered by Discover Aboriginal Experiences operators are continually evolving. Contact operators directly for more information about their current offerings.

Check with your operator for specifics, but if your tour is outdoors, comfortable walking shoes, adequate drinking water and sun protection are essential. A willingness to listen, learn and have fun will serve you well on any Aboriginal tour.

The Australian Government no longer requires international travellers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia. Some Discover Aboriginal Experiences operators may have COVID-19 health requirements of their own; contact operators directly to check.

Discover Aboriginal Experiences is a collective of quality, authentic Aboriginal guided tourism experiences showcasing the world’s oldest living cultures. 

This flagship suite of extraordinary Aboriginal experiences is part of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences of Australia program that promotes outstanding and inspiring experiences that capture the very essence of Australia.

An Aussie Specialist has the knowledge and experience to help you plan and book an Aboriginal-guided tour as part of your trip to Australia. Search for a travel agent here  .

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Right from the first contact via phone with Culture Connect, we were given good information as to what to expect. The tour from point of pickup to return to our caravan park was well organised and very professional. Both the tour driver and the traditional owner who was our guide made us at ease and were very knowledgeable. Both were more than happy to answer any questions. We thoroughly recommend the trip to everybody.

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A unique and privileged way to explore our wonderful country. Not only did we see amazing indigenous rock art but we were able to appreciate the flora and countryside that Far North Queensland has to offer. Cliff and Roger were generous hosts and I would have no difficulty in recommending this experience to family and friends.

It was a privilege to be shown the country and the Aboriginal art work by Vince. I’m blown away that Vince and his family, has such generosity of heart to share their proud history and land. Educational and insightful tour that provides much opportunity for reflection. Thank you so much Therese Skene Victoria.

Our full day tour started with a visit to wonderful rock art, some quite unlike any we had seen before in an isolated peaceful area of country. Dylan had many stories to illustrate the paintings and in the afternoon we did an extensive tour of the station to see management issues and environmental problems and proposed solutions. It was a day well spent in his company on the family’s outback cattle station.

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My wife & I had a wonderful day with Padno and his brothers at Culture Connect. We visited aboriginal rock art in the morning which was really extraordinary & then Padno & his brothers’ cattle property where we were shown some of the improvements they had made & were told of their tourist plans for the future. We recommend this tour for all visitors to Cooktown.

Fantastic, small group eco and cultural tourism operation. It was a privilege to hear their story and to view the rock art of their country. Thanks, Vince and Cliff !

Vince was a great guide to this amazing experience. He was friendly and informative and led us along the river bed, across the river and through the rocky land to the art. It can be quite an emotional experience to feel the presence of history and the ancestors who created these expressions of their lives in this land.

My two sisters and I had a marvellous time with our guide Cliff. It was obvious from the very start that Cliff has a deep love of his country and is very happy to share it with others. The Rock Art itself is wonderful and to experience it is extremely moving. Totally recommend this tour. They are desperate for someone to carbon date this site.

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Our aim is to take people on a journey, not only physically but also spiritually. We hope the landscape comes alive in their mind and they can understand and feel the story. With each experience our guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs from the Traditional Owners.

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Immerse yourself in a rich cultural experience where along the way you’ll discover some hidden installations in Meanjin (Brisbane City).

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The highlight of this tour includes a trip to the Museum of Brisbane, King George Square and then heading onto Roma St Parklands and checking out the Queensland Greats wall which holds the plaques of several First Nations Australians included in this lasting tribute. As well as an impressive piece by BlackCard Founder Dr Lilla Watson. 

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Learn about Indigenous culture in Brisbane (Meanjin)

  • By Matilda Meikle
  • September 8, 2023
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With a heritage dating back 60,000 – 70,000 years, Indigenous culture in Brisbane (Meanjin) is recognised through sites and attractions across the city, celebrating their history and traditions.

This list is the perfect way to discover Indigenous culture in Brisbane.

Meanjin, or Brisbane, was founded upon the homelands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Meanjin is derived from the Turrbal word for the spike of land that Brisbane sits on.

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Birrunga Gallery

Brisbane’s only Indigenous-owned art gallery, Birrunga Gallery offers exhibitions, tours and classes which explore the rich Indigenous culture found in Brisbane. The cafe also uses native ingredients from Australian suppliers to create a unique dining experience. Founded by a Wiradyuri man, Birrunga Wiradyuri, the gallery is dedicated to supporting native art and exploring ideas of culture and spirituality through creativity.

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Spirits of the Red Sand

A breathtaking live theatre experience, Spirits of the Red Sand is an unforgettable event that can be undertaken both during the day and at night. By day, Welcome to Country helps visitors discover stories of the Dreamtime as they participate in boomerang painting and bush tucker sampling. By night, the award winning roving dinner and theatre tells the unforgettable story of three Indigenous brothers and their families, taking guests on a journey from the Dreamtime through 1800s Australia to the present day.

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Nyanda Cultural Tours

Led by Traditional Owner guides, and located only 25 minutes from the heart of Brisbane, Nyanda cultural tours take guests on an exploration of how Indigenous people connect with, and use, the land. Visitors will participate in a traditional smoking ceremony, learn Yagara language words, and try spear throwing, all while gaining a deeper appreciation of our First Nations history.

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Dreamworld Corroboree

Australia’s first theme park attraction dedicated to Indigenous culture, Dreamworld Corroboree is not to be missed. Opened in 2014, it’s first and foremost an animal sanctuary, featuring native animals and displays highlighting their associated traditional stories. The nearby Corroboree Theatre presents the creation story of the Gold Coast through film, also including artworks, photos, and interactive displays which explore the prominence of Indigenous culture.

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The Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art houses a permanent Indigenous Australian art collection , and the largest culmination of Indigenous fibre art in Australia. Their focus is on modern art, with a collection drawn from all over the country featuring paintings, sculptures and photography telling the story of Indigenous heritage.

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BlackCard cultural tours

Located in the centre of Brisbane, BlackCard culture tours let visitors learn about Brisbane’s Indigenous history with an Indigenous guide. They seek to help all Australians acknowledge our shared obligation to the land, and to each other, in order to grow as a country.

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Riverlife Mirrabooka

Part of the stunning Riverlife Adventure Centre, Riverlife Mirrabooka allows visitors to immerse themselves in First Nations culture. Watch and participate in traditional song and dance, play Indigenous instruments, and listen to educational talks about Indigenous history. This experience is designed to create an understanding of the spiritual connections between culture and country.

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Nurri Millen Totem trail

Developed in 1996 by Indigenous artist Ron Hurley and six other First Nations artists, Nurri Millen is a trail of 18 totems commemorates the Indigenous Dreaming, as well as Indigenous connection to the plants and animals within the Boondall wetlands. The totems stand as lasting symbols of traditional culture, celebrating the stories and customs of the region.

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Yura Tours delivers outstanding cultural experiences showcasing our beautiful Island Minjerribah and surrounding Quandamooka Country! Aboriginal Cultural Tours range from walking tours to driving tours Personal Development days- schools & corporate group packages available.

Experienced Quandamooka Guide

Elisha is a proud Quandamooka mother, daughter, wife who enjoys living, working and playing on her Quandamooka  mother country on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island). Elisha has travelled the world and has a passion for First Nations tourism and sharing her culture which has been passed down from her Elders.  

Beautiful Landscapes

Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) ferry terminal is located 40mins from Brisbane CBD. This magical Island is home to pristine beaches, charming clear bays, blooming bushland and stunning headlands! Wildlife thrives both on land and sea expect to see Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, Kangaroos, wallabies and much more. 'Oh Yeah the locals are great too!'   

Caretaker of this Country

Yura Tours is a 100% First Nations owned and operated business who have a deep connection to the land and sea. We respect and care for our Quandamooka Country and make it a part of our everyday business, as that is what it means to be the caretakers of this land.  

Getting here

Make your way to Cleveland, QLD. 40min Drive from Brisbane CBD or Hour train ride to Cleveland.

Jump on passenger ferry with option of Stradbroke Flyer Gold Cats or Sealink Water taxi Ticket can be purchased on board or at the office. 

Bajara "Footprints" Tour

3 hour Driving tour

4WD Beach Culture tour 4 Hours

Leave nothing but footprints behind!  4 hour Aboriginal led beach Tour around Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island. Enjoy our beautiful lakes, beaches, Flora and fauna learn how to gather Ugaries and immerse yourself in Island life. Seafood beach picnic included.

Ultimate Minjerribah Cultural Experience

Exclusive culture tour 3 hours.

pick/drop to accommodation or Ferry by Quandamooka Guide

-Welcome to Country at  Bummiera (Brown lake) 

- Walk in my ancestors foots steps stopping in at Moongalaba / Terra Bulla (Old Mission Site) then onto Capemba (Myora Springs). 

- Head to Mulumba (Point Lookout headland) to enjoy creation stories, breathtaking views and learn about the different flora of the island and its aboriginal uses. 

- Delvene Cookatoo Collins studio where you can find a piece of Minjerribah to take home.

Sand Beneath my Feet Tour

Suited to all ages - family prices on request

90min Cultural walking tour

Tour includes Welcome to Country, cultural talk and walk based on the Quandamooka aboriginal uses of the plants and trees through to Ocean. Then easy walk along beach to Adder Rock to enjoy the South Passage dream time story over looking the Coral Sea, over to Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) Depending on what the bush has to offer that day there may be some bushtucker for you to taste(we all know Minjerribah is plentiful) !  

Winter Tours

Yallingbilla (Whale) Tour

Whale Watching Cultural Walk

Be escorted by your very own Quandamooka Guide on a cultural walk to around the famous Gorge Walk at Mulumba (point Lookout). Learn about  Minjerribah creation stories and its beautiful flora and its Aboriginal uses, Take in the majestic scenery and Magical Yallingbilla (Whale) performances as they pass right below you!  The local Dolphins Kangaroos Turtles also love to hang around on our headlands and in the ocean.

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 Yura Tours – Our Story Yura! (mean’s Hello) in the Jandai language which is native to Quandamooka Country. Quandamooka people are the traditional custodians of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), The Bay Islands and Redlands Coast regions. We have had continual connection to these lands for thousands and thousands of years. We are known as the people of the Sand and Sea and are connected to our Quandamooka Creator Spirit by all of its’ living creatures. At Yura Tours, we welcome visitors to our island home and wish to share our cultural knowledge and stories with you – where we lived and walked, how we foraged for traditional foods, what our creation stories are and how sacred the native flora and fauna is to us. We want you to gain an understanding of leaving our home as you found it, but also developing a connection to our Country that you can share with others. By immersing yourself in our white sands, fresh air and spectacular coastal scenery you will hear stories that have been around for over 25,000 years. The person behind Yura Tours is me - Elisha Kissick. I’m a proud, Quandamooka woman who resides on Minjerribah with my family. Through my business, I promise to take you on a cultural journey that is both meaningful and surprising! You can choose from walking or driving cultural tours and I cater for individuals, families, small groups, school and corporate groups. The Tours showcase land and sea, flora and fauna, and the cultural heritage of Quandamooka Country. The Yura Tours logo has a special meaning for us all. The U represents you my guests and the flames of a fire in which we gather around and grow together on Quandamooka Country. The colour palette is minimal, showcasing the earthy pink ochres found on country and the orange sunsets we have over the bay. The orange also signifies the flame ignited within you when your heart and mind is opened to the Quandamooka way of life and you understand how important it is to preserve our country for future generations. I look forward to saying YURA to you soon! Elisha ! 

2022 Queensland Tourism Awards

Yura Tours 2022 Queensland tourism Bronze Winner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism! Cant wait for next year! Thank you everyone who has supported us over the last Year !!!

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The Best Indigenous Travel Experiences In Queensland

By Victoria Patapan

25th Jun 2021

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Having earned our place as the world’s oldest, driest and flattest inhabited continent, Australia is a land of wonders. Separated from our neighbours for over 30 million years, we’re blessed with an entirely unique natural history made all the more richer by our First Nations peoples. Since their arrival over 50,000 years ago, Indigenous culture has exploded, with our country home to hundreds of distinct languages, customs and cultural beliefs. 

But even with such a rich national history, far too many Aussies are completely oblivious to the Indigneous experience. They’re yet to learn what it’s like to walk, talk and live as an Indigneous Australia, both now, and for the thousands of years they’ve strolled our shores. Be an ally to our Indingeous brethren and get to work exploring the rich cultures scattered across our sunburnt lands —all without leaving our very own backyard. Here are our top picks for the best Indigenous travel experiences across Queensland.    

Quandamooka Coast Tours  

North stradbroke island.

First things first—start exploring your very own backyard with a tour along the Quandamooka Coast on Stradbroke Island. Learn about the Yalingbila and their migration journey on a whale-watching tour, stretch your legs on a cultural walk along the coast, or enjoy an immersive experience to the tune of the soul-soothing didgeridoo. Whatever you choose, Quandamooka Coast Tours guarantee an authentic First Nations experience for those seeking a lasting connection to country.   

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours

Port douglas .

Fancy an adventure up north? Save yourself a spot on a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour and explore the heritage of Cooya Beach’s Traditional Custodians, about 15 minutes north of Port Douglas. Squelch your way through the mangroves and mudflats as you join your guides on a spearfishing trip, all the while learning about  Kuku Yalanji culture, traditional medicine and food plants. Perfect for families, this one’s for those who don’t mind getting their hands (and feet) dirty. 

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Cairns .

Keen for a cheeky snorkel? Take your Indigenous adventure underwater with Experience Co’s Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel tour . Departing Cairns, spend the day out on the water with Indigneous Sea Rangers as you explore two of the Great Barrier Reef’s most spectacular snorkeling hotspots. You’ll also be treated to a vivid creation story while you snack on bacon and egg damper or Bunya nut pesto, with all your snorkel gear provided by the kind folks at Reef Magic Cruises.    

Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours

Hervey bay .

See a whole new side to this family-favourite destination with a Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tour . Depending on your preference, there are three tours on offer: the Djinang Cultural Walking Tour, Milbi Sunset, and our personal favourite, Turtle Discovery. But the best part is yet to come. Profits from these tours go towards subsidising excursions for schools in the Fraser Coast region, so students have the chance to learn more about the culture and history of the Butchulla people. It’s the perfect way to do some good while living it up on holiday. 

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours

North cairns .

Named by UNESCO as one of the ten most significant bodies of rock art in the world, the Quinkan Rock Art is one for your bucket list. Way up north in Cape York, Jarramali Rock Art Tours offers a range of guided experiences through this 20,000 outback museum, showcasing all that the Quinkan Rock Art has to offer. Departing Laura, in North Cairns, jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner or fly in via a scenic helicopter and experience Jarramali’s natural wonders from up above.

Ngana Julaymba Dungay Tours

Discover the heart of Australia with a guided Ngana Julaymba Dungay tour . Let your guide reveal a hidden world where land meets sea, and the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest collide. Feast on Aboriginal bush tucker as you revel in the tales of Aboriginal history and culture. Top it all off with a dip in the gorge’s sheltered swimming hole and consider it a day well spent.

Talaroo Hot Springs Discovery

Mt surprise.

Trade in your next spa day for a visit to Queensland’s most extraordinary geological wonder, courtesy of the Ewamian people. The Talaroo Hot Springs Discovery Tour offers incredible views of the ancient vents and terraces, all from the comfort of an elevated boardwalk. Listen to the stories and secrets of Talaroo’s Traditional Custodians, before taking a moment to dip your feet in the healing waters of the soaking pool. At just 35 bucks a pop, this tour is a triple threat— relaxing, informative and affordable. Sign us up! Oh, but you will need to drive about five hours west of Cairns...

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Fast becoming Cairns Best Half-Day Trips. A unique opportunity to meet Indigenous Rangers and Guides on their traditional Country. Cruise from Cairns Harbour with exclusive access to an Indigenous Protected Reserve. Join ancient hands, on Country, for an unforgettable experience as you explore, discover and connect with Mandingalbay Yidinji People Country and Culture.

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We the Mandingalbay Yidinji people are the Traditional Owners of both land and sea Country and have been living on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef amongst the Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest for thousands of years. We have been recognised as the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land by Native Title since 2006. Our tours and events provide visitors to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland with the chance to experience ancient lands through ancient hands. Mandingalbay Yidinji Guides cover topics of cultural significance, and lead interpretative walks, showcasing traditional use of natural resources used for medicinal purposes and sustenance. 

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Indigenous Experiences Around Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers at Gold Coast.

Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers at Gold Coast. Photo credit: Brian Usher. Courtesy of Ocean Road Magazine, 2021.

If you’re looking for places to travel with the family next holidays, consider checking out the many incredible Indigenous cultural experiences that Brisbane/Meanjin Country and the Gold Coast/ Kombumerri, Mununjali and Wangerriburra tribal lands  has to offer (City of Gold Coast, 2022).

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit, from bushwalking tours, to stunning local art galleries, to delicious bush tucker taste tests and Aboriginal storytelling through live dance and theatre shows.

Aboriginal Heritage of Brisbane and the Gold Coast

The Turrbal and Yuggera peoples have lived in the Brisbane region for more than 32,000 years and their ancestors go back more than 60,000 years. The Turrbal and Jagera people speak Yuggera and their name for Brisbane is Meanjin . On May 13, 1998 the Turrbal people lodged a claim for native title of the Meanjin area starting at the North Pine River and extending down to the Logan River and inland as far as Moggil. In 1999, the application was accepted (Turrbal, 2022).

The Gold Coast is situated on the land of the Kombumerri, Mununjali and Wangerriburra families of the Yugambeh Language Region. The Yugambeh people’s traditional homelands extend from the Logan River in the north, south to the Tweed River and west to the mountain range (Yugambeh Museum, 2022).

Birrunga Gallery & Dining, Meanjin

Birrunga Gallery & Dining.

Birrunga Gallery & Dining. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2021.

If you’re looking to explore Indigenous art and cuisine in Brisbane’s CBD, you’ll want to make a detour between Queen Street and Eagle Street to find Birrunga Gallery & Dining. As the only Indigenous-owned and operated venue within Brisbane’s CBD, the gallery aims to promote and advocate for local First Nations artists who haven't had the opportunity to display their works.

You’ll be able to enjoy an all day breakfast and lunch menu featuring native bush tucker ingredients, surrounded by the magnificent Indigenous paintings, sculptures and prints on display in the gallery.

The gallery offers guided tours, classes and 100% genuine Indigenous artefacts, paintings and prints for purchase. To add to their immersive experience, the Indigenous artists whose works are on display are regularly onsite to discuss the stories and processes behind their works.

Check out the link in their Instagram bio for more information, or to book a table, function or to check out their upcoming events.

Black Card Cultural Tours, Brisbane CBD

 Black Card Cultural Tours showing local Indigenous art around Meanjin/Brisbane.

 Black Card Cultural Tours showing local Indigenous art around Meanjin/Brisbane. Courtesy of QAGOMA, 2022.

Journey through Brisbane city’s cultural precinct in an eye-opening 90 minute Aboriginal art walking tour. With your Indigenous guide, you’ll explore galleries, exhibitions, art installations and public sculptures and discover the vital role art plays within Indigenous culture and history. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!

Black Card Cultural Tours also have a 3hr Cultural Tour and Weaving Session topped off with a Bush Tucker Tasting. You can book Cultural Tours via their website here .

Spirits of the Red Sand, Beenleigh 

Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal culture and dinner show.

Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal culture and dinner show. Courtesy of Get Your Guide, 2022.

Whether day or night, join Spirits of the Red Sand in their immersive cultural experiences that’s won them Gold at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards and been voted as the RACQ #1 Must Do Queensland Experience. Located at the Beenleigh Historic Village, it's only a 30 minute drive from Brisbane City or a 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast. 

During the day, Spirits of the Red Sand invites you to their Welcome to Country Experience, where you'll experience a smoking ceremony and learn about the local ancient Dreamtime stories, customs and rituals. You’ll also get to participate in a bush tucker tasting and boomerang painting.

In the evening, enjoy a three course dinner infused with bush herbs and spices and an immersive live ‘roving theatre’ show. You’ll walk through various scenes set in the Dreamtime to the 1800’s -  a time when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collided. The 2.5 hour-long experience is set inside the 19th century Beenleigh Historical Village, complete with the largest pre-colonial Aboriginal village and authentic Gunyah (Aboriginal hut) dwellings. 

Book online via Spirits of the Red Sand's website , and check out the intro video for their dinner show here .

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Aboriginal dance show.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Aboriginal dance show. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2021.

The Gold Coast’s popular tourist attraction Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary might be  known for its rainbow lorikeet feeding, ginormous saltwater crocodiles and the treetop challenge, but there are so many more reasons to visit. One such, being the mesmerising Aboriginal Culture Show - a performance of traditional song, dance and storytelling by the local ‘ Yugambeh Aboriginal Dance Group ,’ which is held daily at 3pm. 

You won’t want to miss out on this performance as it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets. The dance group has performed for top-notch events, such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, the pregame celebration for the 2020 Indigenous/Maori All Stars NRL game and the group featured in a music video for a track produced by US DJ Steve Aoki.

Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Burleigh Heads

Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, Burleigh Heads.

Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, Burleigh Heads. Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, 2022.

Embark on a journey of discovery of the local Yugambeh culture, community, Dreaming and Burleigh Headland's native wildlife at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre . The local Aboriginal guide will take you along the picturesque beachside rainforest walkway around Jellurgal (Dreaming Mountain). After the Jellurgal Walkabout Tour, you can opt to explore more of the surrounding Burleigh Headlands and Tallebudgera Creek where you can surf, swim, fish or just hang out. 

We hope you have fun learning about and experiencing the world's oldest living culture! If you’re a NSW resident check out our previous post for places to visit on the north coast of New South Wales:

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Queensland’s sunny capital offers up laidback charm and urban energy with a dash of adventure.

Brisbane is a city that lives up to its sunny potential with a strong focus on the outdoors – think al fresco dining, picnics by the river, islands just off the coast and national parks. Add to this a dynamic cultural precinct, abundant wildlife and easy access to nearby icons like the Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef, and you’ve got a destination you can’t say no to.

The traditional name for Brisbane is Meeanjin, meaning ‘the place of the blue water lilies.’ Brisbane was founded upon the homelands of the Turrbal and Yuggera peoples, whose Country stretches north from Elimbah Creek, south to the Logan River and inland as far as Moggill. Discover Brisbane's thriving First Nations culture with a range of unforgettable tours and experiences .

  • Traditional name for Central Brisbane: Meeanjin (pronounced Mee-an-jin) 
  • Indigenous Peoples: Turrbal and Yuggera peoples
  • Traditional languages: Yugara
  • How to say g’day in Yugara: Gurumba bigi

Getting to Brisbane is easy with both domestic and international flights arriving directly into Brisbane Airport. 

  • Brisbane Airport (BNE) is 17km (10mi) from the city and services international and domestic arrivals 
  • Hire cars, ride shares and a shuttle service are available from both airports

Once you’ve arrived, Brisbane is an easy city to get around. The city has a great range of options for public transport, including trains, buses and even river ferries. It's also an easy city to drive and walk around. Learn more about  getting around Brisbane .

As would be expected from the capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane really comes into its own in summer as sunseekers flock here for the idyllic weather . In summer, temperatures and humidity can rise, so locals head to the coast. The benefit of Brisbane’s subtropical climate is that winter is very mild with lots of blue skies and moderate temperatures. In fact, Brisbane boasts an average of 261 days of sunshine per year. 

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  • Arrival: Brisbane Airport provides special assistance for people with disabilities – including hidden disabilities – throughout the airport journey.
  • Getting around: The TransLink website provides information on city trains, while Brisbane City Council buses have low floors and ramps. All CityCat river ferries and most ferry terminals are also fully accessible.
  • Accessible experience highlights: Exceptional staff are on hand to help wheelchair users and people with disabilities revel in the views from the Wheel of Brisbane . People travelling with mobility aids can also embark on a Brisbane Whale Watching cruise to spot the migrating ocean giants.
  • Helpful resources: Changing Places is a great resource for those needing highly accessible bathrooms. For ideas on things to do, check out this accessible travel guide .

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Nyanda school tours are a unique opportunity for students to learn about first nations people in a beautifully preserved natural and culturally significant area., k-12 cultural education programs.

YOU COME TO US!  —  IMMERSIVE CULTURAL TOUR IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Nyanda tours are designed to meet the requirements of school-based learning. During our tours, students learn about the history of the Nudgee Waterholes, how the natural environment was used, the social events that united the tribes and have interactive participation in learning about the tools, objects and items created for everyday use.

Our ‘rite of passage’ tours help students understand the important role of children in Indigenous culture, their vital contribution to strong families and communities and their journey through childhood onto maturity.

As well as getting to try their hand at traditional fire making, students will get to taste and learn about the bush foods available in the natural environment and how they were used.

Schools can also organise to have stone tool making, spear making, bulrush twining or boomerang painting workshops for classes, held in the Nudgee Waterholes facility on the grounds of the Banyo Football Club.

Throughout our tours, local Indigenous language is incorporated into our interactive . Nyanda is a Yagara language word for waterhole or lagoon.

Schools can also organise to have stone tool making, basket weaving, black bean or boomerang painting workshops for classes, held in the Nudgee Waterholes facility on the grounds of the Banyo Football Club.

Kids love to throw their hand-painted boomerangs and also have a go at testing their spear throwing accuracy!

WE COME TO YOU!  —  CULTURAL POP-UPS, INCURSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

If you have the place, we can come to you. We understand that coordinating school excursions can be tough work. That’s why we can organise to come to you. If you have the venue, we can make things work. All you need is a covered area and some access to an outdoor or oval area.

We have tailor-made cultural pop-ups and workshops designed to integrate seamlessly with primary and secondary curriculum. Our cultural educators are Traditional Owners who adopt a hands-on approach to discussing local Aboriginal culture and history by engaging students in activities such as rope making, fire making, spear and boomerang throwing.

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Busking for Change 2024: How students can join Josh Pyke and Justine Clarke to help preserve Indigenous language in Australia

Students can join top Aussie performers in their plight to help preserve ‘severely endangered’ Indigenous languages by learning this one simple song.

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Imagine every primary school student across Australia learning and performing an Indigenous song for a cause that supports literacy in remote communities.

This is the vision of Busking for Change 2024, a musical fundraiser by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Created by ARIA award-winner and ILF ambassador Josh Pyke, the initiative invites primary schools nationwide to participate by learning and performing a song in a First Nations language, raising vital funds to help Indigenous communities access and create books in their native languages.

Australian singer-songwriter Josh Pyke and Hip Hop artist Rhyan Clapham (DOBBY) with students from St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura School in Sydney for last year’s Busking for Change. Picture: Richard Dobson

The 2024 song Shordi Krik was written in English and Kriol by the students of Barunga Remote Community School in the Northern Territory in collaboration with ILF ambassador Justine Clarke.

“I have a long relationship with the Barunga community and have been singing songs with them every year at the Barunga Festival,” Ms Clarke said.

She said the song was based on a poem the students had written from their own experiences at a local swimming hole they called Shordi Krik.

“We would love everyone in Australia singing Shordi Krik,” she said.

ILF lifetime ambassador and performer Justine Clarke with students from Barunga Remote Community School who wrote the 2024 Busking for Change song, Shordi Krik. Picture: Justine Taylor

“For the students, parents and elders in Barunga, it will give them an enormous sense of pride knowing people are behind them and trying to sing in one of their languages.

“This song is really easy to learn, it’s really fun. You can play it on the ukulele and guitar there are backing tracks and the ILF offer all kinds of learning support.

“Every time you sing the song, you’re connecting directly with kids in remote communities and you’ll be an ambassador for the ILF.”

Busking for Change 2023 saw 84 schools participating and raising more than $81,000.

For 2024, the goal is even more ambitious, with a target of 115 schools and $110,000 in donations.

Justine Clarke performing Shordi Krik with students from Barunga Remote Community School. Picture: Justine Taylor

These funds will support the ILF’s Community Publishing program, which empowers communities to write and illustrate their stories in their native languages.

Proud Jingili, Mudburra, and Mangarrayi woman Cindy Manfong, the ILF publishing projects editor, is also a former student of Barunga Remote Community School.

She said the ILF played an integral role in ensuring that remote communities have the resources to share their rich cultural narratives with the world, fostering a sense of pride and preserving their unique languages for future generations.

ILF publishing projects editor Cindy Manfong with children from Rozelle Public School in Sydney who have signed up for this year’s Busking for Change. Photo credit: ILF Supplied

“I didn’t really see books in Kriol or in any Indigenous languages growing up,” Ms Manfong said.

“It wasn’t until I started working with the ILF that I started seeing more Indigenous language books.

“I think it would have definitely helped a lot with my identity, to see more of those books in Kriol.”

“I do love that we are doing Busking for Change and trying to get the schools behind us to learn this song.”

Students from Barunga Remote Community School proudly performing the song about their local water hole. Picture: Justine Taylor

The fundraiser starts in week one of Term 3, culminating in performances on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 4 September.

Schools raising $50 or more will receive a Busking for Change book pack, featuring bilingual children’s books like Shordi Krik and Country Tells Us When.

Additional prizes will be awarded to the schools that raise the most funds, including special categories for small schools and a prize draw.

Register at buskingforchange.ilf.org.au

Originally published as Busking for Change 2024: How students can join Josh Pyke and Justine Clarke to help preserve Indigenous language in Australia

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