As part of our Destination IQ program this year we will be promoting a number of famils taking place across Queensland on Friday 13 November 2020. If you’re interested in participating in an Indigenous experience please see more information below. 

Tropical North Queensland 

 Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel 

WHAT: Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel invites you to immerse yourself on a full day tour of the Great Barrier Reef where Indigenous Sea Rangers recount the Dreamtime stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay and Yirrganydji people. The sea country of these four Traditional Owner groups stretches from Port Douglas to the Frankland Islands and includes the two amazing outer reef locations that you will visit during the tour. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided. 

WHERE: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD, 4970 

WHEN: Tour departs Cairns Marlin Jetty at 8:00 AM and returns to the Cairns Marlin Jetty at 4:30 PM. 

COST: $50 pp 

Please contact Dan Gabbert via d.gabbert@experienceco.com to register your interest in this famil. 
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 Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours 

WHAT: The Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tour begins at the Cairns Reef Terminal and glides across Trinity Inlet and up Hills Creek to where the salty water of the sea meets freshwater flowing off the surrounding mountains. Enjoy an authentic Mandingalbay Yidinji welcome and cleansing smoking ceremony before embarking on a 20-minute guided walk through the Mandingalbay Yidinji lands discovering the abundance of food and medicinal plants used for sustenance and healing.  

The tour includes some light refreshments. Closed in, flat footwear is advised along with comfortable sun safe clothing and water bottles. 

WHERE: 1928 Yarrabah Road, Bessie Point 4871 
WHEN: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
COST: $139 per person 

Please contact dale@djunbunji.com.au or 0477 002 554 to register your interest in this famil.  
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The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience 

WHAT: Join local Indigenous Pamagirri Guides on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland. The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience combines the Dreamtime Walkabout, a 30-minute introduction to the Didgeridoo, traditional spear throwing and boomerang throwing lessons, with the Dance Show, a 30-minute performance by Pamagirri Dancers. You will also be able to enjoy a 45-minute Rainforest Walkabout where you will be taken on foot into the Rainforest to learn more about the traditions of local Indigenous peoples.   

WHERE: 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda QLD 4881 

WHEN: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM 

The Pamagirri Dance Show starts at 12PM daily. Participants would need to be present at that time to see the Show. 

COST: $15pp 

Please contact res@rainforest.com.au or (07) 4085 5008 to register your interest in this famil. 
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 Walkabout Cultural Adventures 

WHAT: Experience a half day cultural adventure in the Port Douglas Daintree region with Juan Walker and his team at Walkabout Cultural Adventures. Aboriginal guides explore Kuku Yalanji country, the only place where two world heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef and share the cultural connection the people have with their land. You will learn about the environment, different bush foods and medicines and sample some seasonal bush tucker while appreciating the history, culture and traditions of our Australian Aboriginal people.  

This tour requires a minimum of two people. 

WHERE: Port Douglas - Daintree 

WHEN: PICK UP 8 AM Port Douglas / 8:30 AM Mossman 

DROP OFF 12:30 PM Port Douglas / 12 PM Mossman 

COST: $100pp 

Please contact Juan Walker via juan@walkaboutadventures.com.au to register your interest in this famil. 
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Townsville 

 Mungalla Aboriginal Tours 

WHAT: Connect with the Nywaigi Aboriginal culture by embarking on a tour of the Mungalla Station Homestead. Here you can examine artefacts, learn about the past of the Nywaigi people and visit the original homestead site where you will hear the pioneering stories of the first white settlers and view old photos of this historic site. 

WHEN: 10 AM – 12 PM 

WHERE: Mungalla Station, 1236 Forrest Beach Road Allingham 4850 

COST: $30pp 

Please contact Jacob Cassady via mungalla@bigpond.com to register your interest in this famil. 
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Whitsundays 

 Whitsunday Paradise Explorer 

WHAT: Immerse yourself in a unique experience with your own Ngaro Indigenous Guide - learn about the history of these ancient island sea people, their customs and how they hunted and sourced “bush tucker”. 

Be part of a small exclusive group for the day where we explore two islands, visit a cave featuring aboriginal rock paintings, enjoy a stroll through some rain forest, learn how to throw a traditional fishing spear and have the opportunity to learn about the diverse native flora & fauna of the region.  

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch is provided on the tour. 

WHERE: 305 Paluma Rd, Woodwark QLD 4802 

WHEN: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM 

COST: $330 

Please contact John Henderson via whitsundayparadiseexplorer@gmail.com to register your interest in this famil.  
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Hervey Bay

 Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours 

WHAT: Cruise the Great Sandy Strait on board the Milbi and immerse yourself in the Dreamtime stories of the Butchulla people. Hosted by local traditional owner, Burrad, learn to see this area through his eyes and knowledge, snorkel the reef or just appreciate it through our glass bottom vessel, visit Wenandin (Round Island), search for marine wildlife and enjoy a light lunch on board. A unique and fun experience suitable for all family members. 

WHERE: Shop 6/17 Buccaneer Drive, Urangan, Hervey Bay (Great Sandy Straits Marina Terminal), QLD 4655 

WHEN: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM 

COST: $115 Adults; $70 Children; $320 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) 

Please contact Jacqui Hikuwai via bookings@hvbecomarine.com.au to register your interest in this famil.   
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Sunshine Coast 

 Saltwater Eco Tours 

WHAT: Cruise through the Mooloolaba River on-board a historical timber sailing vessel hosted by local Traditional Owner, Kerry Neil. On the tour you will learn the history and culture of the local Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people and enjoy some busk-tucker inspired catering and fresh seafood along the way.  

WHERE: Penny Lane Jetty, Mooloolaba 

WHEN: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

COST: $120 per adult, $79 per child 

Please contact Simon Thornalley via simon@saltwaterecotours.com.au to register your interest in this famil. 
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Brisbane 

 Birrunga Gallery & Dining 

WHAT: Birrunga Gallery and Dining will be hosting some wonderful indoor Indigenous Artisan Markets and Licensed Dining. Sample some native foods while exploring the wide variety of products on offer including soaps, skin care, gifts, homewares, jewellery and more!  

WHERE: Basement Level 300 Adelaide Street 

WHEN: 5 PM - 8 PM 

COST: FREE 

Please contact Suzanne Goodchild via suz@birrunga.com.au to register your interest in this famil. 

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 Blackcard Cultural Tours 

WHAT:Experience Brisbane with an Aboriginal Guide on an introductory tour around Southbank’s Cultural Precinct, exploring one of the largest and most exciting collections of Aboriginal public artworks. Along the way you’ll discover some hidden gems as you make your way to Kurilpa Point, crossing the Maiwar (Brisbane River) and over Kurilpa Bridge into Meanjin (Brisbane City). Brisbane boasts one of the most exciting collections of Aboriginal public artworks in Australia so get your camera's ready!  

Comfortable shoes and attire are recommended along with sunscreen and a water bottle. 

WHERE: Tour will begin at the front of the Gallery of Modern Art

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

COST: $55pp 

Please contact Cassy Saunders cassy@theblackcard.com.au to register your interest in this famil. 
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Dreamtime Kullilla-Art 

WHAT: Dreamtime Kullilla-Art has been operating for over 24 years, specialising in authentic Aboriginal art, gifts and a range of bush tucker products. Their products make for great corporate gifts, homewares and décor additions. 

Be sure to use the discount code QTIC10 for a 10% discount on purchases in store and online. 

WHERE: Unit 1/349 MacDonnell Road Clontarf QLD 4019 or visit their online shop here.

Please contact Jo and Michael via info@kullillaart.com.au if you have any queries. 
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Game Enough? 

WHAT: The Game Enough famil will be held at their shop front where visitors can not only taste delicious prepared foods, but can also view and purchase a range of native inspired pantry items from all over Australia, including jams, chutneys, sauces, coffees, teas, chocolates, biscuits, syrups, vinegars, oils, salts, pasta, curries, spices, meat rubs, pickles, nuts etc. Game Enough also has a selection of unique frozen meals (lasagnas, cottage pies, curries, etc) and raw game meats for those keen to do some experimental cooking! 

WHERE:Shop 6, 299 St Vincents Rd, Banyo QLD 4014 

WHEN: 9 AM – 8 PM 

COST: Prices vary 

Please contact Greg via enquiries@game-enough.com.au if you have any queries. 
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 Minjerribah Camping on North Stradbroke Island

WHAT: Share in the Quandamooka culture and learn about their connection to Land and Sea while touring the island’s six camping sites with a local Quandamooka guide. You will also get a glimpse into the many cultural tours on offer on Minjerribah. 

WHERE: North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) 

WHEN: 9 AM – 1 PM 

COST: FREE 

Please contact Hugo Johnston via hugo_johnston@bigpond.com to register your interest in this famil 
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  Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Visitor Centre

WHAT: Queen’s Wharf holds one of the greatest collections of culturally significant heritage buildings and places in Australia. The Star Entertainment Group will take you on a tour of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Visitor Centre to understand what Queensland’s largest development will deliver through interactive displays. On the tour you will also be able to take a personal narrated walk along the new Mangrove Walk to discover the Indigenous totems and storytelling of the Turrbal and Jagera people.  

Comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen are encouraged. 

This is a COVID-Safe event so numbers are limited.  

WHERE: Corner of George and Alice streets, Brisbane 

WHEN: 8:30 AM – 10 AM 

COST: FREE 

Please contact Alix Palmer via apalmer@destinationbrisbane.com.au to register your interest in this famil. 
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 Spirits of the Red Sand 

WHAT: Spirits of the Red Sand invite you to join them while they share their rich culture and traditions. By day, you can participate in 60,000 years of culture with boomerang painting, didgeridoo playing and witness ancient ceremonies and traditions. Of the evening you can enjoy their theatre and dinner experience where you will witness history come alive as chapters of a true moving story unfold before you.  

Spirits of the Red Sand were recently voted #1 Must Do Qld Experience by RACQ members, and also received a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award for 2020, putting them in the top 10% of best experiences in the world. 

WHERE: 205 Main Street, Beenleigh Qld 4207 

WHEN: Day - 1.30 PM - 3.30 PM 

Night - 6.00 PM - 9.00 PM 

COST: Day - $37.50  

Night - $60 

Please contact enquiries@spiritsredsand.com to register your interest in this famil, or call (07) 3801 8198. 

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 Yura Banji Scooters 

WHAT: Yura Banji Scooters takes you on an Electric Scooters tour with a local Quandamooka guide around beautiful Mulumba (Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island). Experience the amazing Quandamooka culture, learn about the traditional uses of the flora on the island and have a lot of eco-friendly fun on one of our electric scooters.    

WHERE: 75 Dickson way, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island 4183 

WHEN: 10 AM - 12 PM  

COST: $89 for guided tour, or $20/hr for individual scooter hire 

Please contact Elisha Kissick via elisha@yurabanjiscooters.com to register your interest in this famil. 

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Gold Coast 

 Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Incorporated 

WHAT: Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Incorporated invite you to explore the Guanaba Indigenous Protected Area by 4WD, UTV or hike to down one of their many tracks to discover hidden waterfalls, lagoons and experience rare and endangered flora, fauna and native bush tucker with Kombumerri Traditional Owners. 

Please dress for bush conditions (long sleeve shirts and full-length pants are recommended. Closed in footwear is required due to fauna onsite).  

If it’s wet weather, we will postpone due to flash flooding risk. 

WHERE: 750 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba 

WHEN: 9:30 AM – 11 AM (meet at Hollindale Park) 

COST: FREE 

Please contact Justine Dillon via justine.dillon@outlook.com to register your interest in this famil.