Indigenous Culture

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet and their intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in so many ways, all across Queensland.

Whether you’re into learning more about indigenous art, going bush or just want to inject a touch of culture into your holiday make sure you take the time out to tick some of these suggested adventures off your bucket list.

  • Camp beside a crystal clear creek and with Indigenous hosts and listen as a master storyteller recounts traditional stories, where they originated.
  • Partake in cultural festivities in Tropical North Queensland and feel the rhythmic beat of island drums, the sound of clap sticks, and witness the visual glory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
  • Explore the Bama Way with Aboriginal guides and Follow the story-lines of two Aboriginal nations to gain insight into ancient traditions.
  • Head to Brisbane and learn about the continuing culture of the Quandamooka people.
  • Visit Thursday Island. As well as being a top fishing spot, you can experience the island culture of the Torres Strait Islanders here.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture through art in Mossman Tropical North Queensland.
  • Head to Carnarvon National Park where Aboriginal history is revealed through the park's rock art sites.
  • Explore Lawn Hill National Park is considered to have one of the longest continual occupations by Indigenous, dating back at least 17,000 years and may extend beyond 30,000 years.
  • You can even be pampered with indigenous inspired spa treatments set in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

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Artspace Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Discover the arts and culture of the Mackay region when you visit Artspace Mackay, the regional art gallery and museum in the centre of the city. This architecturally award winning building provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the people and history of Mackay through the Spirit and Place:

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is located across two riverside buildings in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. QAGOMA presents an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$1 - 2
Immerse yourself in the incredible world of the humpback whale and be inspired by uniqueness of Fraser Island at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere in Hervey Bay. Fascinating interpretive panels and interactive displays also explore the outstanding beauty and diversity of the Great Sandy Biosphere.

Mount Morgan Historical Museum

Baree, Rockhampton Area
From AU$5 - 5
The Mount Morgan Historical Museum houses a unique collection of early mining equipment from the famous Mount Morgan Gold Mine. There's also many household objects used during the town's heyday, dating back to the late nineteenth century.

Boulia Stonehouse

Boulia, Boulia Area
From AU$12 - 12
When Boulia storekeeper James Edward Jones built his home in 1888, little did he know that it would become one of Western Queensland's major attractions. The building was constructed as a family dwelling and now boasts an array of history surrounding the Jones family and early settlement life in Boulia.

Boomerang Art - Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Specialising in Authentic Australian Aboriginal Fine Art since 1996. Visit the Gold Coast's most hidden art space. They have a large collection (over 450 square metres) of collectable and quality paintings by significant artists.

Janbal Gallery

Mossman, Douglas Area
Free Entry
Janbal Gallery is more than just an Aboriginal art gallery - it is a true Aboriginal Experience - 100 per cent Australian owned and operated by the artist. Come and learn about Aboriginal Art and share Aboriginal culture through hands-on painting and storytelling experiences.

Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum was established in 1985 and is a community cultural initiative funded by the Gladstone Regional Council. It is dedicated to promoting art and heritage for and by the communities of the Gladstone Region and Central Queensland, acting as a focal point for the preservation and display of the region's history and cultural heritage.

Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre

Beenleigh, Logan City Area
Free Entry
The Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre is dedicated to recording and promoting traditional knowledge in the Yugambeh Language Region, which extends through the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim regions.

Kilkivan Shire Museum

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
From AU$3 - 3
The Kilkivan Shire Museum contains a comprehensive display of ore and mineral samples common to the district, photographs and documents relating to mining, forestry, dairying and town, school and family histories of Goomeri, Kilkivan, Widgee and Woolooga.
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