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

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
12 September 2017 – 21 January 2018
Viewing a photograph from the past, or holding an object of historical significance, can spark interest, emotion and dialogue. But, when a unique personal connection is established between an object and an individual, it has the power to stir poignant memories and promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of times gone by.

This Is My Heritage

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
14 September 2017 – 31 January 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.

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Glen Eden, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Aussie Aussie Aussie... Oi Oi Oi! Celebrate what's great about Australia and being an Aussie at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Each year, family and friends can celebrate Australia Day at Council's free major public Australia Day celebration.

[MIS]CONCEIVE

New Farm, Brisbane Area
From AU$25 - 38
18 February 2018
Combining Aboriginal cultural knowledge with contemporary gestural motifs, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s fusion of hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles that simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigenity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension.

Bangarra - Our Land People Stories - Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
3 March 2018
After a triumphant national tour in 2016, Bangarra take their triple bill Our Land People Stories to regional Australia in 2018. This season features three personal and profound works. Nyapanyapa, by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, is inspired by the beautifully textured paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

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.

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!

Northern Peninsula Area Culture Festival - Keep The Flame of Culture Burining

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
Free Entry
2 – 7 July 2018
Come and a unique cultural experience by celebrating the indigenous cultures of Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Be entertained by emerging artists, local and regional cultural groups and more importantly taste their traditional foods.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
13 July 2018
From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own. The CIAF 2017 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before, 50,000 people attended across all venues enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the CIAF Art Market and Art Fair.
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