Indigenous Culture

Queensland is the only place in the world where both of Australia’s Indigenous cultures converge and flourish. Torres Strait and Aboriginal cultures date back over 40,000 years and many descendants still practice their traditions and customs today.

Whether it’s through dance, art or traditional feasts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people proudly practice and preserve their cultures by sharing it with the next generation.

Immerse yourself in rich culture and history by experiencing Indigenous culture on your next Queensland holiday.

Aboriginal art

From rock paintings to contemporary lino prints and fashion, there are many ways to experiences Torres Strait and Aboriginal art in Queensland.

See contemporary Indigenous pieces at museums like QAGOMA in Brisbane or the Cairns Regional Art Gallery in Tropical North Queensland. Head to Birdsville, Betoota and Bedourie to see the Sand, Dirt and Gibbers artwork sprawled across hills and landscapes. Or, visit independent galleries like the Canopy Arts Centre or the Henderson Gallery to meet the artists and learn about their work.

Head outdoors and explore Carnarvon Gorge or the Quinkan Country in Laura to see authentic rock paintings drawn by Indigenous Aboriginal ancestors.

You can also get hands on and learn to paint, weave and dance with interactive tours and workshops.

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Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail, Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Discover your own slice of tropical paradise on the secluded beaches, azure water and jewel-green islands along the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail. Pack up the boat or sea kayak and head off to explore this timeless landscape.

Epic Cape York

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Spend a week on an adventurous drive into an untamed wilderness area to stand at the very top of Australia. Epic Cape York is a remarkable journey through Cape York Peninsula taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.

City Culture Trail

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the City Centre, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's turbulent past. This journey can be completed on foot or by bicycle if desired and will showcase a range of Mackay's cultural treasures.

Great Tropical Drive

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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.

Summit Track

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
The Summit Track track leads from the J C Slaughter Falls picnic area to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout (near the roundabout) through an open Eucalypt forest. The Aboriginal Art Trail also branches off the Summit Track.

Windorah Nature Drive

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This Nature Drive has been developed to help people understand and appreciate their region. Their aim is to maintain the area surrounding the Drive in as near natural state as possible. You can either start the drive just out of Windorah and end up at Cooper’s Creek or vice versa.

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

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Discover beauty, mystery and history along the 54 kilometre Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk linking the species-rich Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area of Lamington and Springbrook plateaus via the scenic Numinbah Valley.

Valleys and Vines

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Self-drive this 900 kilometre picturesque country loop from Brisbane through Southern Queensland Countries valleys and vines. Start on top of Mt Tamborine within the clouds, surrounded by lush rainforest and antique trinket shops and cafes.

Mary Valley Scenic Drive

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Follow tourist drive 42 to discover the beautiful Mary Valley - Queensland's Scenic Rural Hinterland drive. This drive rewards its drivers with a landscape patch-worked with grazing cattle, macadamia farms, rainforests and endless rolling hills.

Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve Trails

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve is within walking distance of Ipswich Central. Walking tracks lead to the water tower and provide 360 degree views of Ipswich City and of a clear day, all the way to Brisbane.
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Indigenous tours

Go walkabout or learn to hunt with an Indigenous guide. An Indigenous tour will allow you to see things from the perspective of Queensland’s First People. Take a cultural tour of Brisbane to see significant artefacts and sites or walk through the Nudgee Waterholes and learn how live off the land.

Hunt for mud crabs and collect shellfish in Tropical North Queensland or learn the Dreamtime stories of Burleigh Heads National Park in Southern Gold Coast.

Cultural events & performances

Head to the Winds of Zenadth festival on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait to watch traditional dancing, singing and celebrations or trek to Laura to experience the earth-shaking performances at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

Looking for something a little more contemporary? Head to Yarabah, just a 50-minute drive south of Cairns and immerse yourself in music at the Yarabah Band Festival.

Or, get the best of both Indigenous cultures at the Cairns International Art Fair and see fashion shows, interactive skits and traditional song and dance performances.

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Traditional bush tucker experiences

Tate a traditional kup murri (earth oven) cooked feast an hour from Townsville or learn to hunt and gather your own dinner in the Torres Strait, near Cairns and in Brisbane. From berries and jams to flour and meat, you can taste a variety of bush tucker cuisines and superfoods.

Prefer to fine dining? Head to the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy flame-lit dining and cultural entertainment while you nosh on traditionally inspired dishes. Or, go all out and treat yourself to a gourmet night out at an award-winning restaurant in Cairns.

Family-friendly Indigenous experiences

Experience the Corroboree at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast or treat your kids to boomerang throwing and art workshops at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.

Let the kids explore the beach and learn about traditional hunting and gathering practices with a personal Kuku Yalanji guide or hear the stories about Dreaming Mountain with a Jellurgal tour on the Gold Coast.

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