Quandamooka Coast produces an exciting line up of First Nation events celebrating
Quandamooka culture, people and Country.
If you want to give yourself a taste of our Quandamooka traditions and heritage, learn something new and have fun, why not join us at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) for one of our cultural events. You can make a weekend of it by booking accommodation here.
Our signature First Nation cultural experience is the Quandamooka Festival which runs from early June to August each year. Read below for more detail on each of our main events.
The culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Gorenpul clans have lived on Quandamooka Country since time immemorial. Experience their traditions and hear their stories, at our annual Quandamooka Festival in August.
Join us and discover the ancient tradition and contemporary voices of the people of land and sea, the Quandamooka.
Quandamooka Festival returning in 2021 celebrates the living history, knowledge, stories, arts and culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Gorenpul clans, known collectively as the Quandamooka People of South East Queensland.
Immerse yourself in traditional dance, listen to ancient stories and song, join a collective weaving circle, enjoy native foods reimagined in modern dishes, learn how to throw a boomerang, follow in the footsteps of the ancestors as part of a bush tucker tour, take home unique arts and craft from our first nations markets and meet and learn from our Quandamooka Elders.
Held on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) the Quandamooka Festival features an exciting program of live music, dance, art and cultural workshops, artist talks and much more!
Yura Yalingbila Day (Welcoming the Whales)
Held the first weekend of June, this day heralds the start of the whale watching season.
Join us at Mulumba (Point Lookout) where our Yulu Burri Ba dancers, under the guidance of acclaimed songman and Quandamooka Traditional Custodian, Josh Walker, perform the rituals of their Ancestors and greet yalingbila on their passage north.
Mulumba is considered to have one of the best land-based whale watching areas in the world, where on a clear day you may be able to view more than 200 whales pass the headland.
Yuru Yalingbila also features arts and craft activities for the whole family, including a weaving circle, food trucks, markets stalls and storytelling.
Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day)
On the first weekend in July, come to Pulan (Amity Point) to celebrate and learn about the ocean and land wildlife on Minjerribah.
We feature songs and stories about the Buangan (Dolphin) which visit Amity Point every day. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities including traditional cultural experiences, kunjiel (corroboree), kids activities and environmental talks.
Winnam Kunjiel (Corroboree)
Our annual Winnam Kunjiel (Corroboree) forms part of the closing ceremony of our Quandamooka Festival and is usually held on the last Saturday in August on Minjerribah. This free event features the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers from across Australia, in traditional dress, competing for the Quandamooka Festival Cup. Witness their passion and skill as they demonstrate traditional First Nation dancing in what truly is an amazing spectacle to behold.
Did you know Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) has its own oyster farms? Treat yourself to a day on the water by sampling the best oysters (and seafood) we have to offer.
The Straddie Oyster Festival is held at Goompi (Dunwich) in November. You can participate in an oyster shucking competition, buy oysters for $15 a dozen and sample the freshest seafood from Minjerribah (oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and more). Dive into seafood heaven.