Yura! (Hello/greetings) or Yura Quandamookajarajen
(Greetings from Quandamooka Country)
Quandamooka Coast specialises in creating authentic First Nation tours, workshops and traditional ceremonies – and we invite you to join us on Minjerribah for a magical experience you won’t forget!
The Nunagal, Goenbal and Ngugi clans, which make up the Quandamooka People have lived on this Country since time immemorial and our traditional stories have been passed down from generation to generation giving us an unbroken connection to Country.
You may ask what’s unique about a Quandamooka Coast cultural experience? Nowhere else in Australia can you enjoy a First Nation experience that combines the unique stories of the Quandamooka People all set against the amazing backdrop of the beautiful Quandamooka Coast region. We won’t be taking you into a theatre to share our knowledge – we’ll be doing it right on our spectacular headland, in the water on a yalingbila (whale) watching boat or on a coastal track surrounded by dagakin (grass trees) and native flora and fauna. The wonderful Coast and Bay is our theatre!
By joining one of our experiences you will hear stories about the yalingbila (whales) that pass Mulumba (Point Lookout) and the yangan (dugongs) that live in the Quandamooka sea country of Moreton Bay. We’ll share our traditional medicinal methods and the native jinjen (foods) we foraged for. We’ll show you our sacred sites and talk about why they are important. If you’re lucky you’ll see why the dumbripi umbirrbi (koala) on Minjerribah are so special and we will also explain how Kabul (carpet snake) and the Buangan (dolphin) came to be our Quandamooka People’s totem animals.
Baru Yari (Talk soon)
Yalingbila Whale Watching
Departing Brisbane CBD – Approx 5 hours
Come on a sea journey over the deep, clear waters of Quandamooka Country and experience Yalingbila (whales) up close. There will be tail slapping, breaching and the occasional tail whale. Yalingbila passes by Minjerribah and Mulgumpin in droves between June and September. Join us for a unique Yalingbila whale-watching tour where our Quandamooka tour guides provide cultural and scientific knowledge about the Yalingbila and their migration journey. Plenty of photo opportunities.
Guided Land-Based Whale and Cultural Walk
$89pp – Approx 1 hour
Meet at Point Lookout Headland – just near the Bus Stop
Our guided yalingbila (whale watching) walk takes place at Mulumba (Point Lookout) with a Quandamooka traditional custodian as your tour guide. Experience world-class Yalingbila whale watching from one of Australia’s most easterly headlands and hear our traditional stories of why the Yalingbila are so sacred. Between dawn and dusk on a clear day approximately 200 yalingbila can be seen at Point Lookout many hugging the coastline. You may also spot buangan (dolphins), bunbiya (turtles), mirigingah-banggu (eagle rays), banggu (stingrays), miringinpah (sea eagles) and garumun (kangaroos).
Minjerribah Aboriginal Culture Walk
$89pp – Approx 1 hour
Meet at Polka Point, Oxley Parade and Flinders Avenue, Dunwich
This tour is designed to enrich your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture on our island. This easily accessible tour begins in Goompi (Dunwich), a place which tells the ancient stories of how Aboriginal People have lived on Minjerribah land for at least 25000 years. Accompanied by your Quandamooka guide, these sacred, untold stories will come alive. The tour includes a guided walk around the rocky headland on the shoreline of the bay, identifying bush tucker plants and learning about medicinal bush plants, trees and ochre. Your guide will also share traditional story telling from ancient times about the creation of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay).
Mulumba Culture Walk
$89pp – Approx 1 hour
Meet at Point Lookout
This Quandamooka First Nations cultural tour includes a guided walk with a Quandamooka tour guide around the rocky headland at Mulumba (Point Lookout) through the Gorge Walk. You will hear creation stories, identify bush tucker plants and learn about medicinal bush plants, trees and ochre. Watch out for the lazing garumun (kangaroos) above and the bunbiya (turtles) below. Listen to the sounds of Wail Rock as it makes its call with the surging waves. This is an informative talk and walk that will leave an indelible mark in your memory.
Group Tour Packages
Book a tour or custom Quandamooka cultural experience for your group. Experience ceremonial song and dance, hear the didgeridoo, throw a barangan (boomerang), do a painting.
We can accommodate groups of 4 up to 100 people and can also include catering options. Ideal for a corporate day out, professional development/training or team-building activities.
Tour Add ons
Accommodation – Stay longer with Minjerribah Camping. Eco-shacks, cabins, safari tents and glamping accommodation options available, as well as beachside camping.
Cuisine – Native taste inspired cuisine created with bush foods and flavours traditionally used on Quandamooka Country for your event or catering.
Cultural Workshop – Add an authentic cultural workshop to your walking tour.
Quandamooka Festival – The annual festival held in August on Minjerribah. Enjoy local and visiting First Nations song, dance, arts and performances.