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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This Is My Heritage

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
26 February – 30 May 2018
Discover the profound connection that objects have to family, country and culture through the personal memories and experiences of 12 of Queensland’s Indigenous artists and educators. Through images and film, the exhibition reveals the surprising connections and strong spiritual links that can be explored when people engage with the collections from the Queensland Museum.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$4.40 - 38
24 March – 2 September 2018
The Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition takes visitors on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals involving art, theatre and dance and shows how these historic artefacts have inspired new works that are constantly developing and changing.

Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project kicks off Festival 2018. Featuring original members of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi with special guests, the night will serve up classic hits and brand new material all with an electronic twist.

UMI Arts Indigenous Markets

Cairns North, Cairns Area
Free Entry
6 – 7 April 2018
The Markets are being held in April to coincide with the GC2018 Festival celebration in Cairns. The Markets are an opportunity for friends, family, locals and visitors to enjoy the diverse talents and authentic products created by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the FNQ region.

Fresh Voices of the Commonwealth

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
6 April 2018
Experience the kaleidoscopic perspectives of the Commonwealth in a night bursting with African hip hop beats, danceable ska rhythms and hauntingly beautiful voices. India's buoyant The Ska Vengers delivers a refreshing, energetic and highly danceable blend of ska rhythms, dub, punk, jazz and rap.


Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
9 April 2018
Reflect, engage and join the conversation. This thought-provoking installation pays homage to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – the world’s longest running protest. The original Embassy was first assembled in 1972 by activists on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra.

Didgeridoo Bush Camp

Augustine Heights, Ipswich Area
From AU$95 - 185
13 – 15 April 2018
They are extremely happy to announce that the 9th Didgeridoo Bush Camp will be held on 13 - 15 April 2018. Didgeridoo Bush Camp is a three day Not for Profit Didgeridoo event for boys and men of all ages and levels.


Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 – 15 April 2018
Curated and directed by Grace Lillian-Lee and creative collaborator and choreographer Fiona Wirrer George. Join in a captivating celebration of multicultural diversity through art, fashion, movement and song.

Palm Island Deadly Didge n Dance Festival

Palm Island, Hinchinbrook Area
20 April 2018
Be a part of the world record breaking Deadly Didge n Dance Festival on Palm Island. Celebrate the many cultures of Palm Island at this three day, two night music festival. Featuring a star studded line up and special performances of didgeridoo and dance as well as song, storytelling, poetry, markets and more.

Quandamooka Festival 2018

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
1 July 2018
Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months, returns in 2018 to coastal region of East Brisbane with up to 55 events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances - something to suit all ages!
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