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Indigenous Cultural Workshops

A man holds burning hay to display a cultural ceremony

North Stradbroke Island is rich with Aboriginal history and culture, which is believed to be one of the oldest living cultures today. The workshops are suitable for all ages and can be tailored to your group’s needs, covering everything from bush medicines to fire making and learning how to throw a traditional “come-back” boomerang.

Join Matthew Burns, a Quandamooka man and Traditional owner of Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island on a cultural experience. Burns has always felt a strong connection with Quandamooka Country and has a passion for sharing his stories and knowledge. In 1995 he first started sharing his culture as a part of a traditional dance troupe called Yulu Burri Ba. By 2004, he was facilitating his own cultural workshops for schools, universities, and special interest groups.

Today, Burns shares his culture with thousands of people a year on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and the surrounding Quandamooka region. He enjoys making all of his own artifacts, including knives, spears, and ropes. He also has a particular talent for being informative, respectful, and funny all at once!

There are activities suitable for all age groups, including walk tours, talk, dance and didgeridoo workshops, or the hands-on boomerang painting and throwing.

The knowledge of the Quandamooka people has been passed down through many generations, and with such a close affinity with the land and sea, they have learned to read the signs in nature and live at one with their surrounds.
  • Boomerang Workshops

    Boomerang Workshops

    Get creative and paint your very own boomerang to take home! Learn traditional patterns and what they mean. Learn the correct way to throw a boomerang.
  • Dance and Digeridoo

    Dance and Digeridoo

    Learn the history behind some of the traditional dances before joining in and listen to the sounds and techniques of the didgeridoo.
  • Goompi Trail

    Goompi Trail

    Begin with a cultural talk and & artifact display, then embark on an informative walking tour of the Dunwich (Goompi) shoreline for an insight into how the Quandamooka people lived off the land.
  • Cultural Talk and Artifact Display

    Cultural Talk and Artifact Display

    Learn about Aboriginal history and culture; see a display of local artifacts and find out what they are made of and how they were used.
  • Traditional Smoking Ceremony

    Traditional Smoking Ceremony

    Watch an ancient custom that involves burning various native plants, this ceremony is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits.
  • North Gorge Tour

    North Gorge Tour

    Experience the breathtaking views along the North Gorge Walk and learn about the cultural significance of the area, including local natural resources and the vast sea life.