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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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.

Gold Coast City Gallery

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Visit the Gold Coast City Gallery and come away feeling inspired and uplifted. The Gallery hosts over 20 local, national and international exhibitions each year in three Gallery spaces, so there's always something new and fresh to see.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Free Entry
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands just off the Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of Australia. Thursday Island is the most developed of the 74 Torres Strait Islands.

North Stradbroke Island Four Wheel Drive Adventure Drive Itinerary

Multiple Locations
Located on Brisbane's doorstep, North Stradbroke Island - that's Straddie to the locals - will spoil you with some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in Australia. The island is one of the country's natural treasures and the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, covering 27,530 hectares.

Innamincka Regional Reserve

From AU$8 - 12
From red sand dunes, gibber plains and salt lakes, to wetlands, artesian springs and river systems, this park showcases unique scenic and cultural environments on an immense scale. Innamincka Regional Reserve is a park of contrasts.

Great Tropical Drive

Multiple Locations
Explore palm-fringed beaches, ancient rainforests and the golden outback on a self-drive tour taking in the highlights of North Queensland. With 26 different routes to follow, the Great Tropical Drive takes you to some of Australia's best-known tropical attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and the Undara Lava Tubes.

Boolimba Bluff

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Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and allow yourself to be blown away by the beauty of the Carnarvon Gorge. The Boolimba Bluff towers 200 metres above Carnarvon Creek and is accessed by a track that passes through a diverse range of habitats - from forests full of ancient ferns, to rugged rocky outcrops dotted with giant boulders.

Adventure North Australia

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Adventure North Australia operate purpose built four-wheel drive tours to Cooktown, and is North Queensland's leading Indigenous Tour operator. A small dedicated team they offer a wide range of small group, one, two and three day tour packages.

Glass House Mountains to Sunshine Coast Shores

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This is a journey of icons, legends, lakes, gardens, national parks and beaches. Start in the beautiful Glass House Mountains before you wind your way down to Australia Zoo. You'll then continue on to Ewen Maddock Dam, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Mooloolah River National Park, Mooloolaba Beach and on to Lake Cootharaba.

Leichhardt Highway

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It is the fastest route between the hustle and bustle of Melbourne and the calm beauty of the tropics. The Leichhardt Highway, named after the courageous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, is an inland road that passes through the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi and then on to the coastal town of Yeppoon.
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